This month, OzTREKK has highlighted a program growing in popularity amongst Canadian students – Audiology. In the program feature, we outline the career opportunities available, the related programs offered by our Australian university partners as well as profiling a current Audiology student studying at the University of Queensland!
What is Audiology?
Audiology is the clinical science concerned with assessment, prevention and management of hearing and balance disorders.
What do Audiologists do?
Audiologists are involved in hearing and balance assessment and rehabilitation. Hearing assessment usually involves the use of a number of specialised tests which help to ascertain the site or type of problem within the auditory system. Audiologists working in this area often work closely with otologists (ear specialists). Aural rehabilitation involves helping people with impaired hearing to cope with their hearing difficulties. This work usually includes the fitting of hearing aids or other devices such as the cochlear implant (Bionic Ear), training in the use of these devices and helping people to use their vision and other compensatory mechanisms in order to communicate effectively. This profession should be of interest to those with a scientific background who are interested in working with people.
Where do Audiologists Work?
Audiologists are employed in a number of different settings, including private practices, physician practices, hospitals, medical centres, hearing and speech clinics, schools, universities, community outreach settings and in industry. There is currently a very strong demand for qualified audiologists both in Australia and overseas.