Masters degrees in Audiology involved advanced study of the anatomy and physiology of the human hearing organs.
Related subjects include Clinical Audiology and Speech Sciences. Entry requirements typically include a relevant undergraduate degree such as Medicine, Biology, or Speech and Language Therapy.
Audiologists deal with a range of disorders related to hearing and balance. Training usually includes methods for determining an individual’s hearing range – high, middle or low frequencies – and understanding the anatomy of the ear. Some students specialise in dealing with particular parts of the ear (outer ear, middle ear, inner ear), or the auditory nerve and central nervous system.
You might wish to become a specialist in one of the number of tests that you will be trained to carry out. This could include measuring otoacoustic emission (such as tinnitus), and developing means to prevent or reduce their effects. Or, you might focus your studies in videonystagmography (VGN) – also known as vestibular assessment – testing inner ear motor functions to determine causes of dizziness.
As an audiologist, you are likely to work within a health centre, assessing patients for hearing aids and candidacy for cochlear implants. You might also branch into charity work or other NGOs.