The Med Shed

Audiologist

THE WORKING DAY

You work at Hull Royal Infirmary, assessing patients with hearing loss and balance disorders. Your day begins at 9am and your first appointment is with a 50-year-old woman with hearing problems caused by a virus. She’s having trouble with balance and is finding it difficult to adjust to life with a disability.

You discuss simple ways she can improve her balance and offer her a hearing aid. After seeing more patients, you meet hospital colleagues to discuss ways of improving communication between departments. You finish at 5pm, happy your day has been spent improving the lives of others.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re patient, understanding and like helping others. You’re logical with a passion for science and enjoy working as part of a team.

WHAT'S NEXT?

At least five GCSEs (or the equivalent), preferably with high grades in English, maths and science. The next step is to take at least two A-Levels (or the equivalent) at 6th form or college.

You’ll need to apply for an approved degree in healthcare science where you can specialise in audiology, which takes three years and usually requires at least two A-Levels including a science subject (or equivalent level 3 qualifications).

Healthcare science practitioner degree apprenticeships where you could specialise in audiology may be available and you’ll usually need the same level of GCSEs and A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Alternatively, you could take a three-year degree in a relevant science subject and then apply for the NHS Scientist Training Programme.