What is an Audiometrist?
Audiometrists are Hearing Care professionals who specialize
in the non-medical assessment and management of communication
difficulties caused by hearing loss. Audiometrists hold a
qualification from a Registered Training Organization such
as TAFE NSW which involves two (2) years of formal study followed
by a further two (2) years on-the-job- training after which
they may be considered fully qualified provided they can prove
they meet the highest Industry Standards of best practice.
By conducting clinical hearing assessment the Audiometrist
will determine if a hearing loss is present, the nature and
degree of any loss and how this may be impeding the client’s
communication ability and quality of life. If a rehabilitation
programme is required which may include the fitting of prescriptive
hearing instruments or some other client management protocol,
then the Audiometrist will work with the client to establish
a course of action that best suits his or her needs. By working
together with the client and often the client’s family
and friends the Audiometrist can achieve a successful rehabilitation
outcome that brings a renewed sense of well being and confidence
to the hearing impaired individual.
How can an Audiometrist help?
The Audiometrist will clinically assess the hearing thresholds
of the client to determine if a hearing aid fitting is indicated.
At the fitting appointment the Audiometrist will give instruction
to the client and any family or friends who may be involved,
in the management of the hearing device/s, how to care for
the instrument/s and how to gradually become accustomed to
hearing and listening again. The Audiometrist will develop
a rehabilitation programme to ensure the optimal benefit is
gained from the hearing instruments that are prescribed.
Hearing instruments are available in different makes, models
and styles. The device/s prescribed will be determined with
regard to the individual requirements of each client taking
into consideration their needs.