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Audiology is a challenging and expanding field of clinical science and technology, involving the study of hearing and balance. Every day people develop problems with their hearing and balance, these problems can be incredibly debilitating rendering them in some cases unable to communicate or in the case of balance disorders unable to leave their homes. Many people suffer the torment of a perceived sound (sometimes continually) called Tinnitus, which can be very distressing. But who helps them?
Audiology is the study of hearing, balance and communication disorders. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team the Audiologist will identify and assess hearing and/or balance disorders, recommend and provide appropriate rehabilitation and management, from newborn to old age. So you could be working with newborn infants assessing if they need help now or later with hearing problems. Liaising with family members; providing psychological and practical support with social and work related issues.
How to get into Audiology
The current four year BSc (Hons) Audiology will be replaced by a three year degree
(practitioner training programme) in Neurosensory Sciences. Audiology is one of the
pathways within this. The programme combines and integrates both academic and workbased
learning. Within the first year it is expected that the work-based learning provides a
broad experience with short ‘tasters’ in the specialisms (Audiology, Neurophysiology and
Opthalmic & Vision Science). This will give you a wide appreciation of the specialisms and
a more holistic view of the areas which contribute to high-quality care. At the end of the
programme you will be able to carry out the role of a Healthcare Science Practitioner in
*This programme will be available from autumn 2011. Currently it is likely to be offered by
De Montfort, Southampton & Sunderland.
· The 4 year BSc (Hons) Audiology programme will be offered for the last time in autumn
2011 by Manchester, Leeds, Swansea and University College, London.
*Prospective students can expect to see further information on this shortly" (information from the British Academy of Audiology, June 2010).
Qualifications and Experience
Ideally 3 A levels (or equivalent), which should include a science subject. Consideration can be given to those without the above, such as an appropriate science access course qualification. In addition you should have evidence of ability to effectively work with people of all ages, particularly the elderly and young children.
This will depend on experience and location but you can expect around £21,000 upwards while senior and specialist audiologists can earn upwards of £35,000