Audiology technicians may need to perform administrative tasks, in addition to assisting with patients with balance and hearing disorders. Some other tasks they perform may include maintenance and repair of hearing aids, preparing patients for treatment, and assisting with tests.
An audiology technician, also known as an audiology assistant, works under the supervision of an audiologist to help individuals with balance and hearing disorders. While not all states require licensure for audiology technicians, in states that do, licensure requirements determine the level of education needed. While a certificate program may be sufficient in some states, others require a bachelor's degree. All training programs provide specialized knowledge of speech and hearing pathologies, as well as clinical experience.
|Required Education||Varies, depending on state licensing requirements|
|Other Requirements||Some states require licensing|
|Median Salary (2018)*||$40,442 (for audiology technician)|
|Job Outlook (2018-2028)**||16% (for all audiologists)|
Source: *PayScale, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Many states require licensing before one can begin work as an audiology technician, so licensure requirements often dictate the educational path that an aspiring audiology assistant must take. In Texas, for instance, applicants for licensure must hold a bachelor's degree in audiology. Iowa, on the other hand, requires applicants to have a high school diploma or the equivalent and some specialized audiology training, although not necessarily a full degree.
Specialized training for audiology technicians is available through the U.S. military and a number of schools. College and university programs generally award a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree in audiology, communication disorders, speech-language pathology or another relevant field. Formal programs for prospective audiology technicians typically include classes in speech and hearing physiology, speech and language disorders, and audiometry, as well as opportunities for direct clinical training and experience. In many cases, additional on-the-job training is administered by practicing audiologists.
Career and Salary Information
An audiology technician assists an audiologist in the care and diagnosis of hearing and balance disorders that arise from physiological conditions of the ears. Audiologist technicians perform basic tasks, such as maintenance and repair of hearing aids and patient preparation, in addition to providing testing assistance. In some cases, technicians perform administrative functions as well. According to PayScale, the annual median pay of audiology technicians was $40,442 as of August 2019.
Audiology technicians assist audiologists with patients with balance and hearing disorders. State requirements vary, and audiology technicians may need a certificate or bachelor's degree to meet state guidelines.