Hey guys listen up. I'm Nicole Erin [assumed spelling] and this is Youniversity TV. Today we're going to hear from Audiologist Dr. Adam [assumed spelling].
Nicole come on in here, you can have a seat right there [inaudible]. So what we're going to do first is have a look in your ears.
So what exactly is an audiologist?
And audiologist is a person that has a doctorate degree in audiology. We deal with hearing loss and any related pathologies of the ear.
Audiologists use diagnostic testing to determine the extent of a hearing problem.
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So how did my ears measure up?
Northwest, side wipe.
As part of a treatment program audiologists often dispense hearing aides.
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All right. You hear audiologist, you think hearing. But going into the ear business means you're also diagnose and treat balance problems.
We deal with patients that have vertigo or just some balance issues and try to rule out the inner ear as being involved. The eyes help us to help the audiologist to see what's going on in the inner ear.
So what's a typical work day for you?
The hours are really nice. Audiologists are not on call. So basically it's a nine to five position.
And what kind of school [inaudible] expect to go through?
The profession has changed now to a doctoral degree. So basically you do a four year bachelors and then a four year masters doctorate combined.
As part of your doctorate degree you must complete an internship and a paid, yes paid, externship. And hope you were listening, it's test time.
There are some [inaudible] that you do have to complete in order to become certified and be able to practice.
Dr. Adam mostly works with geriatrics at her private practice. But once you're certified you have lots of options.
You could actually do pediatric audiologist, geriatric audiologist, an industrial audiologist depending on the field that you enjoy and that you're comfortable with.
Take comfort knowing audiologists are in demand.
We're looking at the baby boomer population now, we're looking at the Vets coming back from Iraq, we're looking at children listening to or high school students and students listening to iPods and this very loud music that affects their hearing permanently. And those are the people we're going to have to treat moving forward.
Most students want to know what you do and what kind of schooling goes into this and we also want to know probably your average income that you're making. So what would you say that is?
Audiologists can start anywhere from $40,000 a year all the way up to I'd say $250,000 a year. It really depends on the setting that they're in. So, you know, private practice audiologists tend to make a little bit more.
In order to be a successful audiologist there are some additional skills you'll need. So what good characteristics make up a good audiologist?
That's a good question I think that you do have to be patient, I think sometimes, you know, counseling patients can be a little bit difficult, it can be emotional.
Hearing loss can be emotional. That's where these furry guys come in handy. Most seeing eye dogs are their owners eyes, these hearing dogs lend an ear. If you've got your eye on rewarding and growing career where you can put your listening skills to the test, then audiology might be the perfect career for you. I'm Nicole Erin for Youniversity TV, we'll see you real soon. And that's a wrap.