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Audiometric Technician

Audiometric technicians administer tests to measure hearing and provide other support services for audiologists and related health care professionals.

  • Avg. Salary $34,775.00
  • Avg. Wage $20.85
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook Up
Also Known As

Occupational Hearing Conservationist

NOC & Interest Codes
The Audiometric Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Audiometric Assistants
NOC code: 3235.2
METHODICAL

Interest in compiling and recording test results

SOCIAL

Interest in speaking with patients to instruct them in testing and examination procedures

OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating audiometers to administer hearing tests; and in fitting earphones and bone conductors on patients

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation. 

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Audiometric technicians work in consultation with audiologists, physicians and occupational health nurses. Their duties and responsibilities vary from one position to another but, in general, they:

  • use audiometers to conduct hearing tests for people of all ages
  • ensure audiometers and related equipment are functioning properly
  • maintain a log book for each audiometer that includes calibration records
  • maintain records of audiometric tests
  • ensure clients' medical history information is kept confidential. 

Conducting a hearing test usually involves:

  • collecting from clients medical history information regarding hearing
  • describing test procedures
  • visually examining clients' ears to check for obvious signs of infection, excessive wax or anything else that might prevent sound waves from reaching the middle ear
  • using audiometers to measure the lowest frequency at which each ear hears a pure tone
  • recording results and providing a copy to the client
  • classifying results
  • discussing results with clients or their caregivers and, when appropriate, making referrals to audiologists or physicians.

Where workers are exposed to loud, repeated noise from heavy machinery or other sources, audiometric technicians:

  • identify a suitable testing environment
  • conduct a baseline hearing test for each worker within six months of employment
  • conduct regularly scheduled follow-up tests to track changes in each worker's hearing threshold (lowest frequency heard)
  • educate workers about the use, care and fit of personal hearing protection.

Audiometric technicians also may:

  • record information used to evaluate the effectiveness of hearing conservation programs
  • co-ordinate schedules for screening programs
  • make follow-up appointments
  • perform other administrative support functions.

In Alberta, individuals who select, fit and sell hearing aids and provide counselling and troubleshooting support for hearing aid users must be registered hearing aid practitioners or audiologists. (For more information, see the Hearing Aid Practitioner and Audiologist profiles.)

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Audiometric technicians work in a wide variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, schools and industrial work-sites. Some audiometric technicians travel to work sites to provide mobile testing services.

Audiometric technicians may work regular weekday hours or they may be required to work some early morning, evening or weekend hours.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Audiometric technicians need the following characteristics:

  • good interpersonal skills
  • good communication skills
  • the ability to pay close attention to details 
  • patience
  • the ability to work independently and in a multidisciplinary team 
  • an interest in biology and technology
  • problem-solving skills for dealing with equipment problems.

They should enjoy compiling and recording test results, working with people and operating equipment such as audiometers.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Audiometric technicians come from a variety of health care backgrounds. For example, some are nurses who do audiometric testing as part of their job and some are paramedics who do audiometric testing on a part-time basis. 

The minimum education requirement is successful completion of an audiometric technician training course approved by the Director of Medical Services, Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, or an approved equivalent. The approved course is currently offered through distance education by MacEwan University in Edmonton and classroom instruction at THM Audiology Group Ltd. in Calgary. Audiometric technicians must be re-certified every five years.

Audiometric technicians may complete an approved course and then look for work, or may learn on the job under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner while completing their required coursework. They should be comfortable using computers. Employers generally require applicants to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Experience working with infants, children, people with developmental disabilities, workers or the general public is a definite asset. Some employers require applicants to have a valid driver's licence.

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Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Audiometric Technician

Audiometric technicians administer tests to measure hearing. They work under the supervision of a physician, audiologist or occupational health nurse.

Legislation

Under Part 16 of Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Code, employers must provide initial (baseline) and follow-up audiometric testing for workers exposed to excess noise at the worksite. These audiometric tests must be administered by an audiometric technician who works in consultation with a physician, audiologist or occupational health nurse designated by the employer.

Education

Certification requires successful completion of an audiometric technician training course approved by the Director of Medical Services or an approved equivalent. Re-qualification is required every five years. For official, detailed information about certification requirements, contact Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Program Development, Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour.

Working in Alberta

Audiometric technicians who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified audiometric technicians in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

Contact Details

Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Program Development
Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
8th Floor, Labour Building
10808 - 99 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T5K 0G5
Phone number: 780-427-2687
Fax number: 780-422-0014
Website: http://work.alberta.ca/occupational-health-safety/1346.html

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Audiometric technicians may work in:

  • private health clinics such as audiologists' offices
  • hospitals  
  • occupational health clinics
  • companies that provide mobile audiometric testing services
  • corporations that have in-house hearing conservation programs.

Some audiometric technicians work on a contract basis.

In large organizations, audiometric technicians may move into supervisory positions. With additional education and training, technicians may become hearing aid practitioners.

Audiometric technicians are part of the 2011 National Occupational Classification 3237: Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment. In Alberta, 87% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 3,600 Albertans are employed in the Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.1% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 112 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As audiometric technicians form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for audiometric technicians.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Hourly wages are directly related to the audiometric technician's qualifications.

Audiometric technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3237: Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment.

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment occupational group earned on average from $20.16 to $27.51 an hour. The overall average wage was $20.85 an hour. For more information, see the Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment wage profile.

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Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, Audiometric Technician Training website: http://work.alberta.ca/occupational-health-safety/audiometric-training.html

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 27, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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