Selects and fits hearing aids for customers. Administers and interprets tests of hearing. Assesses hearing instrument efficacy. Takes ear impressions and prepares, designs, and modifies ear molds.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Performs basic screening procedures, such as pure tone screening, otoacoustic screening, immittance screening, and screening of ear canal status using otoscope.
- Administers basic hearing tests including air conduction, bone conduction, or speech audiometry tests.
- Selects and administers tests to evaluate hearing or related disabilities.
- Maintains or repairs hearing aids or other communication devices.
- Trains clients to use hearing aids or other augmentative communication devices.
- Creates or modifies impressions for earmolds and hearing aid shells.
- Reads current literature, talks with colleagues, and participates in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in audiology.
- Demonstrates assistive listening devices (ALDs) to clients.
- Diagnoses and treats hearing or related disabilities under the direction of an audiologist.
- Assists audiologists in performing aural procedures, such as real ear measurements, speech audiometry, auditory brainstem responses, electronystagmography, and cochlear implant mapping.