Provides diagnostic assessment and rehabilitative services related to human hearing defects.
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Registration or licensing is required.
- administers and interprets a wide range of audiometric tests to determine hearing efficiency and site of detected hearing problems
- interprets audiometric test results alongside other medical, social and behavioural diagnostic data
- evaluates total response pattern and acoustic tests to distinguish between organic and non-organic hearing loss
- plans, directs and participates in counselling, speech-reading and other rehabilitative programs
- prescribes appropriate hearing aides and instructs patients in use
- records patients' condition, treatment and progress
- may conduct research into the physiology, pathology, physics, and psychophysics of the auditory system
- may design and develop clinical and research procedures and apparatus
- may design and implement industrial hearing conservation and education programs
- may design and implement school-based audiology programs within special schools for hearing-impaired children