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Do you enjoy science and technology? Are you interested in helping other people? Have you considered a career in research or teaching? The profession of Audiology offers a variety of opportunities that can open doors for you to pursue a career that combines science, technology, psychology, and business in a way that will allow you to create a career that fits you and your dreams.

The job conditions are great as it involves mostly working indoors in a medical/office setting, during regular business hours, which means no shift work! For those of you looking for a bit more adventure, you can specialize in industrial Audiology and get involved in sound/noise surveys in industry to help companies comply with federal and provincial laws to limit noise exposure. Some Audiologists even work in school settings if interested in working with children, or in hospitals, where there may be a mix of pediatric and adult work. Others own their own private practices and employ staff of their own. Still others teach in community colleges or in universities to train new Audiologists. Some Audiologists even write text books! For those interested in travel and independent working conditions, there are opportunities in the hearing aid manufacturing sector where you can use your education and experience to provide peer training and new technology product updates to other Audiologists and hearing aid dispensers.

Whichever type of working environment you are interested in, there is a way to incorporate the profession of Audiology. In general there is a high level of job satisfaction, low burn out, and the pay will allow you to earn a comfortable living. The subjects studied offer a nice mix of science (life sciences and physical sciences!), psychology, and general business course work which will give you a well-rounded education and prepare you to work in your area of interest. So... what exactly is an Audiologist??

An Audiologist is a professional who diagnoses, treats, and manages individuals with hearing loss or balance problems. This is done by analyzing the patient history and the results of specialized auditory and vestibular tests (using computerized equipment). The Audiologist can then determine the best treatment for the hearing or balance problem. Based on the diagnosis, the Audiologist presents a variety of treatment options for the patient. Audiologists also dispense and fit hearing aids as part of a comprehensive rehabilitative program. Audiologists have received a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program. For more details about what Audiologists do and where they work, be sure to visit these sites:

» American Academy of Audiology
» Canadian Academy of Audiology

» Audiologist Links

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