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Audiologist

X21

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving providing clinical services for the evaluation and management of hearing disorders.

Typical Functions

The functions in this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Performs diagnostic evaluations of hearing disorders and make recommendations for individual case management.
  • Evaluates and/or procures hearing aids and assures their maintenance.
  • Provides individual hearing aid orientation and counseling concerning the care, use and limitations of amplification.
  • Conducts group and individual aural rehabilitation programs.
  • Prepares and maintains progress reports on individual clients, participates as a member of a team in diagnostic and treatment conferences for individual clients.
  • Provides guidance to other clinical personnel in the identification and management of hearing disorders.
  • Serves as a consultant in Audiology to other members of the staff and the staff of other agencies offering related services.
  • Confers with related disciplines and families on hearing disorders.

Level Descriptors

The Audiologist job family has three levels which are distinguished by the depth and breadth of accountability, the expertise required to perform assigned duties and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I: Code: X21A Salary Band: K

This is the basic level where incumbents perform responsible professional work in administering standard diagnostic tests, evaluating the extent of any hearing impairment and conducting aural rehabilitation sessions.  They do not plan entire therapeutic sessions without guidance and their patient caseload will normally be limited to patients whose only substantial physical disorder is their hearing disorder.  Incumbents at this level are working toward obtaining their certificate of clinical competence.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system; of audiometric testing protocols and test interpretations; of hearing aids and hearing aid evaluation techniques; and of aural rehabilitation techniques. Ability is required to differentiate between organic and non-organic hearing disabilities through evaluation of total response pattern and use of acoustic tests; to determine range, nature and degree of hearing function related to patient’s auditory efficiency, using electroacoustic instrumentation and acoustic impedance equipment; to plan, conduct, habilitative and rehabilitative programs including hearing aid selection and orientation, counseling, guidance; and to design and develop clinical and research procedures and apparatus.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in Audiology, including academic and practicum requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Level II: Code: X21B Salary Band: L

This is the career level where incumbents perform highly responsible professional work in diagnosing and providing therapy for a variety of hearing disorders including those which are severe and often in addition to other physical or mental handicaps.  Incumbents will independently evaluate the disorder and plan a course of treatment with continuing responsibility for the treatment of serious hearing impairments.  Incumbents in this level handle the more complex cases.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system; of audiometric testing protocols and test interpretations; of hearing aids and hearing aid evaluation techniques; and of aural rehabilitation techniques.  Ability is required to differentiate between organic and non-organic hearing disabilities through evaluation of total response pattern and use of acoustic tests; to determine range, nature and degree of hearing function related to patient’s auditory efficiency, using electroacoustic instrumentation and acoustic impedance equipment; to plan, conduct, habilitative and rehabilitative programs including hearing aid selection and orientation, counseling, guidance; and design and develop clinical and research procedures and apparatus.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of certification as an audiologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Level III: Code: X21C Salary Band: M

This is the leadership level where employees perform advanced level professional work in planning, coordinating and supervising Audiology programs and activities.  Duties include program development, technical supervision and assistance, education and program oversight, preparation of employee performance evaluations and other related administrative tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the procedure of audiometric testing; of appropriate speech and hearing therapy techniques; of basic principles of auditory disorders; of principles, practices and techniques of speech and/or hearing therapy; and of anatomy and physiology of the vocal and auditory mechanism.  Ability is required to supervise and/or instruct Audiology personnel in professional treatment techniques; to develop Audiology programs; to establish effective work relationships with others; and to communicate effectively and to assist other staff in communicating with their clients.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus three years of professional experience in the field of Audiology.

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