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Audiologists
District Of Columbia

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Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.

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Currently Employed: 75

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $32.28 - $44.27

Typical Annual Salary: $67,200 - $92,100

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Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Administer hearing tests and examine patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
  • Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
  • Maintain patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.
  • Fit, dispense, and repair assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
  • Plan and conduct treatment programs for patients' hearing or balance problems, consulting with educators, physicians, nurses, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and other health care personnel as necessary.
  • Counsel and instruct patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
  • Monitor patients' progress and provide ongoing observation of hearing or balance status.
  • Instruct patients, parents, teachers, or employers in communication strategies to maximize effective receptive communication.
  • Recommend assistive devices according to patients' needs or nature of impairments.
  • Refer patients to additional medical or educational services if needed.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Audiometers or accessories
  • Audiometric bone vibrators or middle ear analyzers
  • Auditory function screening units
  • Hearing aid analyzers or test systems
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets

Technology:
  • Medical software
  • Office suite software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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