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Audiologist

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€30k > 56
Audiologist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€30 - 56
Related Information:
AUDIOLOGIST, STAFF GRADE: 30 - 39
AUDIOLOGIST, SENIOR: 41 - 48
AUDIOLOGIST, CLINICAL SPECIALIST: 45 - 56
Data Source(s):
HSE.ie

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin reports a continuing shortage of skills for niche area specialists including radiation therapists, audiologists, orthoptists, prosthetists, orthotists. 

Included on DJEI Highly Skilled eligible Occupations List April 2017.

5%
Occupational Category

Health Associate Professionals

Also included in this category:

Paramedics; pharmaceutical technicians; dispensing technicians; pharmacy technicians; medical and dental technicians; dental hygienists; acupuncturists; homeopaths; massage therapists; sports therapists

Number Employed:

12,400

Part time workers: 27%
Aged over 55: 16%
Male / Female: 29 / 71%
Non-Nationals: 8%
With Third Level: 71%
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At a Glance... header image

Specially qualified professional who measures hearing, diagnoses and advises on the management of hearing disorders, and supplies and fits hearing aids and other hearing devices to suit individual needs. Otherwise known as a Hearing Technician.


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The Work header image

Audiology technicians measure and evaluate the hearing ability and balance of adults and children. They perform tests using specialist equipment such as audiometers. These tests help to identify the different causes of hearing impairment, and so assist diagnosis.  
 
Some audiology technicians specialise in different types of work, such as tinnitus management or paediatric (children's) audiology. Others may carry out research with other professionals.  
 
Another aspect of the work done by audiology technicians is the long-term support of hearing impaired people. To this end, they work directly with clients and in liaison with doctors, social workers, employment advisers and other professionals. If a client needs a hearing aid or other equipment, the audiology technician prepares moulded ear inserts, and selects and fits the most suitable aid.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Administer hearing tests and examine patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.

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Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.

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Maintain patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.

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Fit, dispense, and repair assistive devices, such as hearing aids.

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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.

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Counsel and instruct patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.

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Monitor patients' progress and provide ongoing observation of hearing or balance status.

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Instruct patients, parents, teachers, or employers in communication strategies to maximize effective receptive communication.

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Recommend assistive devices according to patients' needs or nature of impairments.

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Refer patients to additional medical or educational services if needed.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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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.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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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.

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Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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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.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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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.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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You must be able to communicate with people of all ages in order to help patients relax while tests are being conducted, as stress can influence test readings. You should have a sympathetic and reassuring approach.  
 
You will also need to have a clear speaking manner so that clients can lip-read you easily. The ability to handle tiny hearing aid parts is essential for preparing and fitting hearing aids with ease. An interest in science is essential. They need to be able to think logically and adopt a scientific approach combined with a caring and patient attitude to their work.


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Organisation: British Academy of Audiology
Address: Association House, South Park Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6SH
Tel: +44 (0) 1733 253 976
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