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What Do Audiologists Do?

Audiologists work with people who have hearing, balance, and related ear problems. They examine individuals of all ages, assess the nature and extent of problems, and help the individuals manage their hearing and ear problems. Using audiometers, computers, and other testing devices and advanced technology, audiologists evaluate and diagnose balance disorders, and they measure the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds, the ability to distinguish between sounds, and the impact of hearing loss on an individual’s daily life. Audiologists interpret these results and may coordinate them with medical, educational, and psychological information to determine a course of treatment. Audiologists identify types of hearing loss and work with people who have diminished hearing to recommend, fit, and dispense hearing aids.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists often work together because some speech problems are a direct result of hearing problems.

To learn more about audiologists, go to: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/audiologists.htm

Where Do Audiologists Work?

Most audiologists work in healthcare facilities, such as physicians’ offices, audiology clinics, and hospitals. Some work in schools or for school districts, and travel between facilities. Others work in health and personal care stores.

What Do Audiologists Earn?

According to the 2019 BLS, the average salary for full time audiologists nationwide was $167,800. The NYSDOL reports that audiologist in New York earned an average annual salary of $85,500, (entry level-$65,500, experienced- $118,570).

Supply and Demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of audiology jobs in the U.S. will increase by 20.7% between 2016 and 2026, and in New York by 22.8% during the same time period.

An aging population in the U.S. will increase demand for audiologists as hearing loss and balance impairments are strongly associated with older people. Medical advances also are improving the survival rate of premature infants and trauma victims, who may need assessment and treatment. In addition, technological advances in hearing aids may also drive demand for audiology services.

For more information on projections of audiologists by New York State labor regions, 2014-2024, click here.

Education Program Requirements

In New York, a licensed audiologist must complete a minimum of a master’s degree in audiology. This includes studies in basic communication processes and professional and scientific areas of hearing and hearing loss.  They must also complete a supervised practice of at least 400 hours. In addition, New York licensed audiologists have satisfactorily completed nine months of supervised experience and passed a written, state-approved, licensing examination.

Audiologists can also earn a doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D.) in a graduate program typically lasting four years. Graduate coursework in audiology includes anatomy, physiology, physics, genetics, normal and abnormal communication development, diagnosis and treatment, pharmacology, and ethics. Graduate programs also include supervised clinical practice.

UPDATE: New audiologists must earn a doctorate in order to begin practicing. The doctoral degree in audiology (AudD) is a four-year graduate program that you can enter while having a bachelor’s degree in any field. In addition, Distance Learning programs are offered for a limited time to practicing audiologists who hold M.S. or M.A. degrees and who wish to advance to the Doctor of Audiology. As the profession completes the transition to the Au.D. and university programs restructure their curricula, these distance learning programs will be phased out.

New York License Requirements

To be licensed as an audiologist in New York, an individual must receive a master’s or doctoral degree in audiology from an approved educational program. This includes studies in basic communication processes and professional and scientific areas of hearing and hearing loss, as well as a supervised practice of at least 300 hours. In addition, New York licensed audiologists have satisfactorily completed nine months of supervised experience and passed a written, New York State-approved licensing examination.

To meet the examination requirement for licensure, an audiologist must pass the Specialty Area test of the Praxis Series, Praxis II, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in New York.

Licensed audiologists are required by law to complete 30 hours of continuing competency learning activities every three years to main their licenses.

For more information on New York licensing requirements for audiologists, go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/slpa/speechlic.htm.

Financial Support

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association offers information about financial aide on their website. Go to: https://www.asha.org/students/financial-aid/

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation offers scholarships. For more information, go to: http://www.ashfoundation.org/grants/default.htm.

The American Academy of Audiology has a list of grants, funding, and scholarship information. Go to: http://www.audiology.org/education_research/research/grants/Pages/default.aspx/.

The New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association also has scholarships for students. Go to: http://www.nysslha.org/student-scholarships/.

Education Programs in New York (subject to change)

Note: Please click on each school’s name to learn about the school’s academic programs, which may include audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech-language-hearing sciences.

Adelphi University
Long Island Doctor of Audiology Consortium
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 877-4774
Elmira College
1 Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901
(607) 735-1800
Hofstra University
900 Fulton Ave
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 463-6600
Hunter College-CUNY
Communication Sciences Program
425 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 481-4464
Iona College
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(800) 231-4662
Queens College-CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens, NY 11367
(718) 997-5000
Lehman College – CUNY
250 Bedford Park Blvd.
West Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 960-8000
Marymount Manhattan College
221 East 71st Street
New York, NY  10021
(212) 517-0400
Long Island University (LIU)
C.W. Post Campus
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548
(516) 299-2900
Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 674-7600
Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11571
(888) 466-5569
New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Educ, & Human Dev
665 Broadway, 9th Fl
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-5230
Nazareth College
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 389-2525
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
(718) 990-2000
University at Buffalo – SUNY
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 829-2797
SUNY Cortland
21 Graham Ave
Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 753-2011
The Graduate Center- CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 817-7000
Syracuse University
College of Arts and Sciences
900 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-9637
Yeshiva University
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
(212) 960-5400
Brooklyn College
(See The Graduate Center- CUNY)

 Additional Web Links

For more information about audiologists, go to the websites for:

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association http://asha.org/.

The New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association http://www.nysslha.org/.

The American Academy of Audiology http://www.audiology.org/.