What Audiology Students Need to Know When They Leave School

There is more to audiology than just the clinic

The exposure to Audiology as a profession is often limited to clinical and research environments in a number of Au.D. programs. Know that the scope of audiology is vast and spans from international roles and government services to humanitarian efforts and beyond. Starkey Hearing Technologies alone employs more than 200 audiologists in the areas of Sales, Research, Education and Training, Product Management, Quality Control, Audiology Technical Support, Humanitarian and Foundation, and much more. Look to find your niche in a setting that you find enjoyable, challenging and that broadens your horizons.

Private practice is attainable

There are a lot of resources available to help get you started in private practice. The founding objective of the Au.D. was to create a more autonomous profession by developing a curriculum to support the model of private practice. However, there are discrepancies from program to program in the courses offered on business, practice management and marketing strategies, which are all critical to getting started. Our Entrepreneurial Audiology Program is designed to help facilitate student growth into the private practice environment. We have experts available to you in this core area when you are ready to propel forward.

Continue to learn beyond the classroom walls

Earning an Au.D. isn’t the same as earned experience. The market, consumers and technology are changing at a staggering rate and you need to keep up. Don’t be complacent. Foster a lifetime learning approach and be proactive in looking for ways to obtain both your personal and professional goals. Learn from the professionals that have gone before you and remember that you can impact the future of audiology.

Audiology services are in demand

There is a high demand for audiology services and it is growing rapidly. The baby boomer generation is closing in at a fast pace. In just a few short years, the population will have close to 40 million people with hearing loss. This translates into one audiologist for every 20,000 people with hearing loss in the U.S. You have a unique skill in providing the gift of better hearing to these individuals, but you must be willing to embrace new approaches to hearing healthcare services – for example, teleheath. Regardless of the approach, know that the number one contributor to patient delight and satisfaction is YOU!

By Sara Burdak, Au.D.