Medical

Audiologist

Audiologists work with children and adults who suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus, or have problems with balance.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £41,500

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37.5

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • deciding on the best way to test a patient’s hearing
  • adapting tests to suit the age and ability of the patient
  • checking hearing, including sound level and frequency range
  • investigating any related medical, physical and emotional symptoms

Once you’ve made a diagnosis, you’ll put together a rehabilitation plan, which could involve:

  • assessing patients who are suitable for cochlear implants or bone anchored hearing aids
  • producing an impression of the ear for an ear mould
  • fitting hearing aids and making changes to ear moulds
  • reviewing progress and making changes to the fitting
  • teaching patients how to use the prescribed hearing aid
  • repairing faulty hearing aids
  • increasing hearing ability by using lip-reading, or other communication skills
  • giving patients information and advice on how to manage their condition
  • managing patients with dual sensory loss (hearing and sight) or learning disabilities

Audiologists may also be involved in counselling clients and their families to help them adjust to hearing loss and balance disorders. Sometimes this is also done by hearing therapists.

Audiological scientists have extra responsibilities for research and development, and managing audiology services.

You’ll need to:

If you’re already a science graduate, you could join the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) and take a 3 year course in clinical science, specialising in neurosensory sciences.

To work as an audiologist in the private sector, you’ll need to:

You’ll also need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The British Academy of Audiology (BAA) and Health Careers have more information about becoming an audiologist.

£22,000 to £41,500

Starter salary: £22,000 to £28,500

Experienced salary: £26,250 to £35,250

Salaries in the private sector may be higher than in the NHS.

Figures are a guide.

37.5

You’ll usually work 37.5 hours a week.

You’ll most likely work in ear, nose and throat clinics, or audiology departments in hospitals.



You’ll usually be based in a consultation room at an NHS or private hospital.

You could go on to specialise in areas like balance rehabilitation, cochlear implants, or assisting people with learning disabilities or dual sensory loss.

With experience, you could lead a team, manage a unit, or move into a general management position in mainstream healthcare.



You could also take on a research or teaching post at a university.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • excellent problem solving skills
  • the ability to analyse and deal with complex situations
  • excellent communication skills
  • a caring and supportive approach
  • counselling skills
  • the ability to motivate patients
  • practical skills to handle small devices like hearing aids and cochlear implants
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