Employment Settings for Audiologists
Audiologists may work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, private practices, ENT offices, universities, K-12 schools, government, military, and Veterans’ Administration (VA) hospitals.
The majority of audiologists are employed in healthcare settings like hospitals and physicians’ offices, where they serve different populations and their responsibilities can vary widely. Audiologists in healthcare settings may be responsible for performing hearing assessments, prescribing and fitting hearing aids, assisting in cochlear implant programs, performing ear- or hearing-related surgical monitoring, and/or designing and implementing hearing conservation programs and newborn hearing screening programs. They may also participate as members of balance treatment teams to recommend and carry out treatment and rehabilitation of impairments of vestibular function. Audiologists work anywhere from small private practices to large research hospitals, and everywhere in between!
Percentage of audiologists working in various healthcare settings:
- Hospital (state, local, private, and VA): 29%
- Private audiology practice: 24%
- ENT clinic or other medical practice: 24%
Some audiologists work in educational settings like K-12 schools, as well as universities. The audiologist is an integral part of the team within the school system that manages students with hearing impairments and students with central auditory processing disorders. The audiologist participates in the development of Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs), serves as a consultant in matters pertaining to classroom acoustics, assistive listening systems, hearing aids, communication, and psycho-social effects of hearing loss, and maintains both classroom assistive systems as well as students' personal hearing aids. The audiologist administers hearing screening programs in schools, and trains and supervises non-audiologists performing hearing screening in the educational setting. Audiologists in universities may provide clinical and academic training to students in audiology, as well as teach physicians, medical students, residents, and fellows about the auditory and vestibular system. University-employed audiologists may also conduct research and serve in administrative roles.
Percentage of audiologists working in various educational settings:
- University: 6%
- Public/Private school: 4%
American Academy of Audiology. (2004). Scope of practice. Retrieved from https://www.audiology.org/publications-resources/document-library/scope-practice
American Academy of Audiology. (2016). 2016 Compensation and benefits survey. Retrieved from https://www.audiology.org/compensation-and-benefits-survey