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  • Slide 1 - A Career in Audiology 11730 Plaza America Drive | Suite 300 Reston, VA 20190 800-AAA-2336 | 703-790-8466 www.audiology.org
  • Slide 2 - What Is an Audiologist? Audiologists are the primary health-care professionals who diagnose, treat, and manage adults and children with hearing loss or balance disorders. They prescribe and fit hearing aids and assist in cochlear implant programs. Audiologists also perform surgical monitoring, and design and implement hearing conservation programs and newborn hearing screening programs. While most audiologists earn a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree, there are other doctoral degrees that audiologists can obtain, i.e., Ph.D., Sc.D., etc., which are also very important to the profession.
  • Slide 3 - Facts About Audiology and Hearing Loss U.S. News and World Report ranked audiology as one of the Best Careers in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Nearly 5,000 of the 12,000 audiologists practicing in the United States have received an Au.D. More than 31 million Americans have some type of hearing problem. At least half of all Americans will experience some type of balance problem in their lifetime. Many audiologists earn 6-figure incomes annually. There are more than 60 Au.D. programs in the United States. Audiologists work with patients of all ages, from newborns to older adults.
  • Slide 4 - Where Do Audiologists Practice? Audiologists practice in a variety of settings: Private practice Private clinics Hospitals Universities Schools Hearing instrument industry Federal government Otolaryngology offices General industry
  • Slide 5 - What Does an Audiologist Earn? Salaries vary widely depending on work setting. According to the American Academy of Audiology 2006 Salary Survey, audiologists with 1–3 years of experience and a 4-year Au.D. degree earn an average salary of $52,000 annually. Audiologists with more than 20 years of experience earn more than $96,000 annually.
  • Slide 6 - Are There Licensing Requirements? Yes, most states have licensing requirements for audiologists. Audiologists should be prepared to apply for a license to practice upon graduating with an Au.D. degree.
  • Slide 7 - Is Board Certification Available? Yes, board certification is available through the American Board of Audiology (ABA) but is not mandatory. Audiologists can also receive specialty certifications through the ABA.
  • Slide 8 - What Comprises an Au.D. Program? The focus of the professional doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) is on the development of clinical proficiency. The Au.D. is the highest university degree granted for professional practice in audiology. For a list of Au.D. programs, visit: www.audiology.org/aboutaudiology/studentinfo. This Web site includes information about: Choosing the right program; Becoming a student member of the Academy; Finding programs abroad; and much more.
  • Slide 9 - Is Financial Aid Available? Financial aid, scholarships, and grants are available. Research financial options through audiology organizations or by contacting graduate schools of interest.
  • Slide 10 - What Should I Do Once I am Interested? Research the career of audiology on the American Academy of Audiology Web site. Contact audiologists in your area and ask to shadow them for a few hours. Use the “Find an Audiologist” link on the American Academy of Audiology Web site: www.audiology.org. Research Au.D. programs that interest you to learn their requirements prior to applying.
  • Slide 11 - Important Web Sites American Academy of Audiology: www.audiology.org American Board of Audiology: www.americanboardofaudiology.org American Academy of Audiology Foundation: www.audiologyfoundation.org Student Academy of Audiology: www.studentacademyofaudiology.org
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