Audiologist/​Audiometrist

Kaimātai/​Kaitirotiro Taringa

Audiologists and audiometrists study, identify, measure and treat hearing disorders and loss. They also provide aids and other listening devices to assist patients who have hearing loss.

Pay

Audiometrists earn

$55K-$75K per year

Audiologists earn

$45K-$110K per year

Source: Association of New Zealand Audiology; District Health Boards/PSA Allied MECA, 2015.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as an audiologist are good, as the supply of graduates meets the level of demand. Audiometrist positions are rare.

Pay

Audiologists' pay

Pay for audiologists depends on their experience and where they work.

  • Trainee audiologists who are working under supervision can expect to earn between $45,000 and $65,000 a year.
  • Qualified audiologists working in public hospitals or schools for the deaf usually earn between $60,000 and $80,000.
  • Audiologists working in private audiology practices usually earn between $70,000 and $100,000.
  • Charge audiologists (the most senior in a team of audiologists) in private practices usually earn between $80,000 and $110,000, which may include bonuses, profit-sharing, and a company car.

Pay for owners of private practices depends on the success of their businesses.

Audiometrists' pay

Pay for audiometrists depends on their experience and where they work.

  • Audiometrists in the public sector usually earn between $55,000 and $60,000 a year.
  • Audiometrists in the private sector usually earn between $60,000 and $75,000 a year.

Pay for owners of private practices depends on the success of their business.

Sources: Association of New Zealand Audiology; District Health Boards/PSA Allied MECA, 2015.

 

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What you will do

Audiologists/audiometrists may do some or all or the following:

  • study, identify and measure hearing problems, using specialised equipment
  • advise on hearing problems and prescribe, select and fit hearing aids
  • help patients with rehabilitation after an accident or condition that caused hearing loss
  • repair hearing aids and supply hearing aid batteries.

Audiologists may also:

  • research hearing problems
  • assess and manage problems processing sound
  • do assessments of workplace and classroom sound levels
  • adjust a client’s cochlear implants until the sound is clear.

Skills and knowledge

Audiologists/audiometrists need to have knowledge of:

  • hearing problems
  • the latest treatment of hearing problems
  • the structure and function of the ear and brain
  • hearing aids and other hearing devices
  • acoustics and physics
  • child development.

Knowledge of New Zealand Sign Language may be helpful.

Working conditions

Audiologists/audiometrists:

  • usually work regular business hours
  • work in hospitals, private practices, universities, and hearing aid companies
  • may travel around New Zealand to attend conferences or visit clinics, rest homes or people's houses to conduct hearing tests.

Entry requirements

Audiology training

To become an audiologist you need to have a Masters of Audiology degree.

Audiometry training

To train as an audiometrist, you first need to get a job as a trainee audiometrist.

Once you have a trainee job you study for the Diploma of Audiometry by distance learning from TAFE, New South Wales, Australia.

The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children. 

Secondary education

A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, physics, Te Reo Māori, mathematics 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 and audiometrists 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.

Registration

Audiologists need to be registered with the New Zealand Audiological Society.

Find out more about training

Association of New Zealand Audiology
0800 789 123 - www.anzai.org.nz
NZ Audiological Society
0800 625 166 - mail@audiology.org.nz - www.audiology.org.nz
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What are the chances of getting a job?

Chances of finding work as an audiologist are good, as the number of graduates meets demand caused by audiologists retiring or leaving.

Chances of getting work is better outside of main centres as some private practices in the regions find it hard to fill positions.

According to the Census, 519 audiologists worked in New Zealand in 2018.

Audiometrist positions are rare

Opportunities to become an audiometrist are harder to find because:

  • only about 50 people work in this role nationwide, meaning it's difficult to get a position as a trainee audiometrist
  • people usually stay in the role for a long time, so turnover is low.

Health clinics and hospitals main employers

Most audiologists and audiometrists work for public and private audiology clinics or hospitals.

They may also work for: 

  • hearing-aid manufacturers
  • universities, doing research and teaching
  • education centres for people who are deaf or hearing-impaired
  • the North Island or Southern Cochlear Implant Programme
  • government organisations, such as the Ministry of Health, doing consultancy work
  • non-profit centres and foundations such as the National Foundation for the Deaf.

Sources

  • Association of New Zealand Audiology Incorporated (ANZAI) website, accessed December 2016, (www.anzai.org.nz).
  • Exeter, D, et al, ‘The Projected Burden of Hearing Loss in New Zealand (2011-2061) and the Implications for the Hearing Health Workforce', 7 August 2015, (www.nzma.org.nz).
  • New Zealand Audiological Society, ‘A Career in Audiology’, accessed December 2016, (www.audiology.org.nz).
  • Robertson, J, ANZAI president, Careers New Zealand interview, December 2016.
  • Stats NZ, '2018 Census Data', 2019.
  • Welch, D, Dr., head of audiology, AUT, Careers New Zealand interview, November 2016.

(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the sources of our job opportunities information)

Audiologist explaining to a client about parts of an ear

Audiologists study and treat hearing disorders

Last updated 15 November 2019