ASHA-certified audiologists provide important services in a variety of settings, including:
Nearly three quarters of audiologists (73.5%) are employed in health care settings, including 47.3% in nonresidential health care facilities, 25.1% in hospitals, and 1.1% in residential health care facilities.
Acute care, rehabilitation, and psychiatric hospitals may offer audiology services on an in/outpatient basis. Hospitals may provide services for patients of all ages, while some—such as children's hospitals or hospitals for military personnel or veterans—may serve specialized populations.
Audiologists working in hospitals may:
More than one quarter (28.6%) of audiologists are employed full‐ or part‐time in private practice, which practices may be part of ear, nose, and throat medical offices. Belonging to a private or group practice puts audiologists in charge, with rewards and responsibilities. Audiologists who are self-employed have total ethical, professional, and administrative control of their respective practices and have total financial and legal responsibility and liability.
Audiologists may serve as consultants in nursing homes or assisted living facilities, day treatment centers, or home health agencies.
Overall, 15.6% are employed in educational settings, including 8.4% in schools and 7.2% in colleges and universities.
About 131 out of every 1,000 school-age children have some degree of hearing loss that can potentially affect communication, learning, development, and academic achievement. Educational audiologists are uniquely qualified to understand the impact of hearing loss on classroom learning and have the knowledge and skills to recommend specific strategies and technology to meet the individual communication and academic needs of students with hearing loss.
Audiologists have opportunities for teaching, research, and clinical supervisory positions; they may work with a variety of clients/patients in the university core clinical facility and/or its affiliated health care facility.
State-funded facilities offer infant and preschool programs for children with disabilities.
Audiologists can provide diagnosis and treatment.
Services educational audiologists provide include
Audiologists are employed in administrative and clinical capacities.
Audiology services vary by state, and not all states offer services. In general, audiologists provide consultative services or contractual services to state agencies or direct services to patients.
Clinicians and research scientists are employed by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy.
Audiologists plan and execute hearing conservation programs for workers.