Audiology is a critically important profession, as an estimated 430 million people around the world live with disabling hearing loss.
Audiologists are trained to identify and treat hearing loss and other issues, like tinnitus, balance problems, etc., helping people with these disorders better communicate and connect with the world around them.
In the U.S. alone, the number of audiologists has grown at a rate of 4.66%, from 17,015 people in 2019 to 17,808 people in 2020. The growth of the audiology industry can be attributed to multiple factors, such as an increasing senior population and government initiatives providing easier access to hearing aids.
To be a truly exceptional audiologist, you must have more than a proper degree and the ability to diagnose hearing loss. You also need specific “soft skills,” or proficiencies related to communication, personality traits, and behaviors. While someone can learn how to conduct a hearing examination, soft skills – which are how a person relates to and works with others – are more innate.