Audiologists and audiometrists study, identify, measure and treat hearing disorders and loss. They also provide aids and/or other listening devices to assist patients who have hearing loss.
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To become an audiologist you usually require a Master of Audiology (MAud), which are available from either the University of Auckland or the University of Canterbury. An MAud is required to become a member of the New Zealand Audiological Society.
To enter Master of Audiology programmes, you need to have an undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Arts or Science, preferably in physiology and/or psychology, or a Bachelor of Speech-Language Therapy.
There are no specific entry requirements to become a trainee audiometrist.
To train as an audiometrist, you need to get a job as a trainee audiometrist.
You may then study for the Hearing Device Prescription and Evaluation Diploma by distance education through the Australian provider, TAFE (Technical and Further Education) NSW (New South Wales).
- University of Auckland website - information about the Master of Audiology programme
- University of Canterbury website - information about the Master of Audiology programme
- TAFE NSW (Australia) website - information on the Hearing Device Prescription and Evaluation Diploma.
A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, physics and English.
Audiologists/audiometrists need to be:
- good listeners, who are able to relate to a wide range of people
- good communicators with people skills
- good at planning and research.
Useful experience for audiologists includes:
- work in nursing homes
- work with people who have hearing impairments.
Audiologists and audiometrists need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses). They should also have good hearing and a clear speaking voice.
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years of training usually required for audiologists
Updated 10 Feb 2014