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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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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Maintain patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.
    • Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
    • Fit, dispense, and repair assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
    • Administer hearing tests and examine patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
    • 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.
    • Counsel and instruct patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
    • Participate in conferences or training to update or share knowledge of new hearing or balance disorder treatment methods or technologies.
    • Refer patients to additional medical or educational services, if needed.
    • Examine and clean patients' ear canals.
    • Advise educators or other medical staff on hearing or balance topics.
    • Recommend assistive devices according to patients' needs or nature of impairments.
    • Program and monitor cochlear implants to fit the needs of patients.
    • 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.
    • Educate and supervise audiology students and health care personnel.
    • Work with multidisciplinary teams to assess and rehabilitate recipients of implanted hearing devices through auditory training and counseling.
    • Conduct or direct research on hearing or balance topics and report findings to help in the development of procedures, technology, or treatments.
    • Perform administrative tasks, such as managing office functions and finances.
    • Provide information to the public on hearing or balance topics.
    • Engage in marketing activities, such as developing marketing plans, to promote business for private practices.
    • Measure noise levels in workplaces and conduct hearing conservation programs in industry, military, schools, and communities.
    • Develop and supervise hearing screening programs.


    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Active Learning

      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.


    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 530
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30

    Typical Education


    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative


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