Remember having your hearing tested in school and being asked to raise your hand to the beep? As ear doctors for people of all ages, audiologists specialize in hearing and balance. These healers and analyzers work with patients from all walks of life to restore hearing and ear health. An audiologist provides hearing aids and cochlear implants, using specialized equipment to assess the type of treatment their patients need. They must have a good bedside manner, making the patient feel comfortable and at ease while conducting tests. Excellent communication skills are also crucial for delivering diagnoses and test results with the utmost compassion and empathy. Being up-to-date on the latest technological developments in the field is also important, as this particular area of medicine is advancing quickly.
Typically audiologists work in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, private practice, audiology clinics, and schools. As an audiologist, you will be able to improve the quality of someone’s life by helping them connect with others and the world around them. To do this rewarding job you will need a doctorate in audiology after a bachelor’s degree in any field, as well as the required licensing in your state. Jobs in audiology are expected to grow 21% by 2026, which is significantly faster than average.