What is Audiology?

Audiology is the branch of science that studies hearing, balance and the pathological conditions that can affect them.  

Students learn how to assess hearing capacity and balance function while the clinical side of the course will provide the practical skills needed for employment in the profession.

The work involves identifying, diagnosing, treating, monitoring and preventing disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems. A large part of this involves the assessment of hearing capacity followed by rehabilitation of impairment.

This is largely achieved by fitting, verifying and adjusting hearing aids and training patients how to use them effectively. Many are older adults but it is possible to specialise in paediatric work which requires a different approach to assessment. 

Individuals with interests in biology, psychology, physics, electronics, or electrical engineering may find this field has a lot to offer them.

Further insight is available from the British Academy of Audiology and the British Society of Audiology