Audiologist/Audiometrist Kaimātai Ororongo/Kaimātau Ororongo
Audiologists and audiometrists study, identify, measure and treat hearing loss and ear disorders. They also provide aids and other listening devices to assist patients with hearing loss.
Audiologists and audiometrists need to be registered as a member of the New Zealand Audiological Society.
Audiologists/audiometrists may do some or all or the following:
- study, identify and measure hearing problems using specialised equipment
- advise on hearing problems and prescribe, select and fit hearing aids
- help patients with rehabilitation after hearing loss
- repair hearing aids and supply hearing aid batteries.
Audiologists may also:
- research hearing problems
- assess and manage problems processing sound
- do assessments of workplace and classroom sound levels
- adjust a client’s cochlear implants until the sound is clear.
Audiologists and audiometrists need to have:
- good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses)
- good hearing
- a clear speaking voice.
Useful experience for audiologists and audiometrists includes:
- work in rest homes
- work with people who have hearing impairments.
Audiologists/audiometrists need to be:
- good listeners and able to relate to a wide range of people
- good communicators
- good at planning and research.
Audiologists/audiometrists need to have knowledge of:
- hearing problems
- the latest treatment of hearing problems
- the structure and function of the ear and brain
- hearing aids and other hearing devices
- acoustics and physics
- child development.
Knowledge of New Zealand Sign Language may be helpful.
- usually work regular business hours
- work in hospitals, private practices, universities and hearing aid companies
- may travel nationally to attend conferences, or visit clinics, rest homes or people's houses to conduct hearing tests.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, health education, maths, physics, te reo Māori and English.
Audiologists may progress to become managers of audiology clinics or hospital departments. With further study, audiologists can become academics.
Audiologists may specialise in:
- identifying hearing loss
- assessment and diagnosis of hearing loss or disorders
- treatment of individuals with impairment of auditory and vestibular function
- research in normal and disordered auditory and vestibular function
- intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring.
Years Of Training2-5 years of training required.
To become an audiologist you need to have a Master of Audiology degree. You also need to be registered with the New Zealand Audiological Society.
- University of Auckland website - information about the Master of Audiology
- University of Canterbury website - information about the Master of Audiology
To become an audiometrist you need to get a job as a trainee audiometrist first. You then study for a Diploma of Audiometry by distance learning with TAFE in Australia. You can then register with the New Zealand Audiological Society.
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.