Assesses and treats persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Administers hearing tests and examines patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
- Fits, dispenses, and repairs assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
- Maintains patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.
- Evaluates hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
- Programs and monitors cochlear implants to fit the needs of patients.
- Counsels and instructs patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
- Refers patients to additional medical or educational services if needed.
- Monitors patients' progress and provides ongoing observation of hearing or balance status.
- Educates and supervises audiology students and health care personnel.
- Instructs patients, parents, teachers, or employers in communication strategies to maximize effective receptive communication.
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