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How to Become an Audiologist

If you are considering audiology as a career, you may wish to contact an audiologist in your area and do some job-shadowing. This will give you a good idea of the daily routine of an audiologist, and many of the university audiology programs require some job-shadowing before applying.


What Do Audiologists Do?

Audiologists can work in a variety of fields. Clinical audiologists work in a hospital setting or in doctor's offices where they test hearing, perform advanced audiological tests (such as Auditory Brainstem Response, Electrocochleography, and Electronystagmography), assess middle ear problems, and prescribe and assess hearing aids. Paediatric audiologists work with children either in hospitals or in the schools. Some audiologists work with cochlear implants or other implantable hearing devices, from assessment of candidacy to post-surgical programming. Audiologists can also work in aural rehabilitation (training to help people hear better and get better use from hearing aids and other assistive listening devices).

Audiologists who work in industry or the military are heavily involved in hearing conservation, noise reduction, and hearing protection. Dispensing audiologists work in private practice and also fit and dispense hearing aids. Other audiologists may focus on neuro-otology or perform intraoperative monitoring of the hearing nerve (the 8th cranial nerve). Audiologists who work at universities do research and teach.

University Audiology Programs in Canada

All audiology programs are
at the Masters level and require a 4 year undergraduate degree for admission.

There are 2 year and 3 year programs at 5 universities across Canada.