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Audiologist/Audiometrist

Kaimātai/Kaitirotiro Taringa

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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Entry requirements

Audiology training

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.

Audiometry training

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).

Secondary education

A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, physics and English.

Personal requirements

Audiologists/audiometrists need to be:

  • patient
  • understanding
  • 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

Useful experience for audiologists includes:

  • work in nursing homes
  • work with people who have hearing impairments.

Physical requirements

Audiologists and audiometrists need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses). They should also have good hearing and a clear speaking voice.

Related courses

View information on courses in the course database

Find out more about training

Association of New Zealand Audiology Inc
0800 789 123 - www.anzai.org.nz/
NZ Audiological Society (NZAS)
0800 625 166 mail@audiology.org.nz - www.audiology.org.nz/

5

years of training usually required for audiologists

Renuka Foneksa fitting a hearing aid on a client

Audiologists must have good people skills

Renuka Foneska using an audiometry device in a client's ear

Audiometrists learn how to measure hearing loss, and diagnose and treat problems

Updated 7 Apr 2014