Work with schools to identify children with hearing problems.
What does an Educational Audiologist do?
An Educational Audiologist conducts students’ annual hearing screenings. For kids across America, these screenings are part of a yearly back-to-school ritual, along with shopping for new clothes, buying new school supplies, getting their hair cut, and posing for school pictures.
As an Educational Audiologist, you assess children’s hearing in order to identify, diagnose, and treat educationally significant hearing loss. Typically employed by school districts, you conduct your screenings at schools throughout your community in collaboration with School Nurses, Teachers, and parents. You share screening results with them so they can make decisions about students, some of whom might need to get hearing aids, for instance, or be enrolled in special deaf/hard-of-hearing programs.
Of course, annual screenings are only one of many items on an Educational Audiologist’s to-do list. Other items include consulting on accommodations for hearing-impaired students, and ordering and distributing hearing aids, or assistive listening devices (ADLs). You also educate parents and Teachers about the impact of hearing loss on classroom learning. In addition, you evaluate classroom environments for noise levels.
When you diagnose students with hearing loss, you refer them and their parents to community-based Audiologists. When school districts need to purchase and install classroom amplification technologies, you offer advice. And on top of all that, you assist Special Education Teachers with deaf and hearing-impaired students.
Because kids can’t learn if they can’t hear, you find the lost remote control and turn the world’s volume up so they can hear it (although they might want to press “mute” again when they find out what they’ve been missing is algebra!).