What is it?
Audiology deals with the treatment of hearing and balance-related disorders.
What will you study?
You will learn about the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the hearing mechanism.
You will also study instrumentation and techniques for the identification and management of hearing disorders, including pure-tone and speech audiometric and screening methods. You will also learn how to evaluate, diagnose and fit patients with suitable hearing aids as treatment for various forms of hearing loss. You can choose to specialise in the following areas of audiology: paediatric, medical, industrial, educational, etc.
Human communication disorders; anatomy and physiology of auditory and vocal mechanisms; language development; hearing science; neurological and functional disorders; speech science; audiology; aural rehabilitation.
Typical course duration
A degree in this subject will take at least three years to complete. To practice as an audiologist locally, as well as on an international level, a postgraduate degree in audiology is needed.
Prior study of mathematics and at least two science subjects (biology, physics or chemistry).
What do graduates do?
Audiologists can work in hospitals, doctors’ offices and healthcare centres. They can also work for manufacturers and marketers of hearing loss assistance devices.