Audiologists evaluate, diagnose and treat children and adults with hearing loss and balance disorders. They treat people of all ages and with all types of hearing loss. Audiologists also prescribe and fit hearing aids and other aids for people who have problems with their hearing.
Audiologists work in hospitals, private practice and university departments. They may also work in industry to help develop noise control programs that protect hearing in the workplace. Some audiologists work in research, helping to develop new technologies such as cochlear implants.
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Information and advice
- Screening and tests
- Evaluation and diagnosis of hearing loss
- Evaluation and diagnosis of vestibular (balance) disorders
- Preparing, fitting and dispensing of hearing aids
- Worker's compensation and Department of Veteran's Affair's requirement
Appointments can be made directly without a referral.
Your doctor or other health professional may also refer you to an audiologist.
The cost of audiology services varies depending on the procedure. Contact the clinic before you attend if you are unsure of the cost.
Medicare covers audiology fees for individuals who are eligible under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program.
Private health funds
Audiology fees are covered by some private health funds but your coverage will depend on your insurance policy.
SectorConventional healthcare – allied health
RegistrationAudiologists are not required to be registered with a government medical authority. Over 98 per cent of audiologists in Australia are registered with Audiology Australia.
Minimum qualificationsMasters of Audiology
- Audiologists can work with other healthcare professionals such as otologists (ear specialists) and speech pathologists to help manage hearing loss and associated communication disorders.
- Audiologists can diagnose the severity of hearing loss and possible causes.
- Audiologists uses special tests to diagnose hearing loss in babies and young children.