Become an audiologist
An audiologist is an allied health professional who diagnoses and manages hearing and balance problems in adults and children. Through intensive academic and clinical training, audiologists provide a comprehensive range of services including:
- prevention, diagnosis and management of hearing loss and associated communication difficulties in adults and children. (This may include the fitting of a hearing device including cochlear implants.)
- diagnosis and management of auditory processing problems.
- assessment and management of tinnitus.
- evaluation and rehabilitation of balance disorders.
Where do audiologists work?
Audiologists are employed in a number of different settings, including:
- private practices
- physician practices
- medical centres
- hearing and speech clinics
- community outreach settings and in industry.
What courses should I study to become an audiologist?
At Macquarie, there is a two-step process to becoming a qualified audiologist. First, you will need to complete the Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences. This degree takes 3 years to complete, and you will gain a broad and deep understanding of how human communication works.
If you achieve at least a credit average in your undergraduate studies, then you may apply for entry to the Master of Clinical Audiology. This degree takes 2 years to complete, and you will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required to become a qualified audiologist.
Does the Master of Clinical Audiology lead to professional accreditation?
Professionally-accredited degree programs qualifies you to work in Australia and overseas. The Master of Clinical Audiology is a professionally-accredited degree and is recognised by many overseas countries. Some countries may require further examination for their national licensing.
The Master of Clinical Audiology course is a 2-year full time program which includes coursework and a supervised clinical practicum. This course incorporates the Professional Standards of Practice, which have been established by the Audiological Society of Australia the national professional body and is fully accredited.
How do I gain my accreditation?
The course builds on prior knowledge and includes units in:
- hearing assessment
- anatomy and physiology of the hearing pathway
- the profession of audiology in Australia
- counselling and community support and outreach programs
- hearing aids and other auditory devices
- aural rehabilitation.
During the course, students will complete a minimum of 200 hours of supervised clinical practice, which is a requirement for admission into the professional body, the Audiological Society of Australia.