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Audiologist

An audiologist assesses, diagnoses and rehabilitates patients with hearing, balance and tinnitus problems.

Audiology is the study of hearing; more specifically hearing defects and their treatments. An audiologist works in a hospital or private clinic treating patients of a range of ages. They administer hearing tests, fit hearing aids and provide auditory training.

Work activities

  • Planning and conducting courses of treatment for patients.
  • Fitting hearing aids and monitoring changes in patients’ hearing.
  • Carrying out research.
  • Educating audiology students and health care personnel.
  • Consulting with other medical specialists, such as physicians, psychologists and speech pathologists on methods of treatment.
  • Using specialised equipment and IT skills.

Work conditions

Travel: usually limited; work based in hospitals, clinics or private practices.
Working hours: around 40 hours a week, sometimes including evenings and weekends.
Location: opportunities exist in towns and cities across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Typical employers

  • Hospitals
  • Private health clinics

Entry requirements

A BSc in Audiology or a BSc followed by an Msc in Audiology is the traditional route.

Further information

The Health Service Executive is offering sponsorship to graduates with BSc Honours Degree to undertake an MSc in Audiology in the UK in September 2011.

A BSc in Audiology or a BSc followed by an Msc in Audiology is the traditional route.