Where do audiologists work?
MNZAS Audiologists work in diverse roles and have the flexibility to work in different settings during their careers. MNZAS audiologists can be employed in:
- Private Audiology Clinics
- Public Hospital Audiology Clinics
- Universities Audiology Programmes and Clinics
- Deaf and Hearing Impaired Education Centres
- Cochlear Implant Programmes
- Hearing Aid Manufacturers
- Hospital Administration
- Government Policy Advisers
MNZAS Audiologists work in diverse roles and have the flexibility to work in different settings during their careers.
Public Hospital Audiology Clinic
Hospital Audiologists conduct diagnostic testing of hearing with infants, children and adults who have been referred by Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, General Practitioners and Speech Language Therapists. Some Audiologists also conduct assessment of balance and auditory processing in the brain. Hearing Aids and assistive listening devices are often provided for adults and especially children to manage hearing problems.
Private Audiology Clinic
Audiologists practicing in this setting conduct diagnostic testing of hearing principally with adults who have self referred or have been referred by Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, General Practitioner, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) or War Pensions. Hearing Aids and assistive listening devices are typically provided for adults to manage hearing problems.
University based Audiologists may lecture to Audiology students and students of Allied Health fields e.g. Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, Speech Language Therapists, Medical Students. They provide clinical tutoring for Audiology students and often participate in research related to hearing science, clinical research and hearing aids.
Deaf and Hearing Impaired Education Centre
Specialist Paediatric Audiologists are based at the Kelston Deaf Education Centre in Auckland and Van Ash Deaf Education in Christchurch. They manage the hearing problems of pre-school and school age children through ongoing diagnostic hearing assessment and provision of hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Their role is challenging as their patients often have other disabilities in addition to hearing loss.
Cochlear Implant Programme
Audiologists may specialise in helping infants, children or adults with very severe or profound hearing losses that are being considered for a cochlear implant or who are already using these devices. Monitoring of hearing performance and retuning of cochlear implants is performed regularly to optimise hearing acuity and comfort.
Product Support for Hearing aid Manufacturers
Hearing aid manufacturers often employ audiologists to provide technical support for their products.
Experienced Audiologists can also undertake administrative roles within District Health Boards.
Government Policy Adviser
Knowledge of hearing healthcare provision is necessary for Government planning and Audiologists may be employed or contracted to provide advice.