Note that in Canada, most Audiologists are masters, not doctors. There are a smaller number of doctors of audiology here and most of them got their degrees via distance education offered from an American university because there are no Canadian AuD programs. But the Masters programs here are intensive and most people I know who took the distance Ed courses say they didn’t get much extra from doing their AuD (beyond the label for marketting) after already having their MClSc. The biggest differences will be the greater focus on vestibular issues and business courses (of which Canadian programs have very little).
Thanks Neville. I keep forgetting you’re in Canada. Maybe you could put up the flag in your profile that would appear under your id.
That is great information. Duly noted. Apparently I just assumed.
Heh. I don’t even recall checking off a box to say that I was a provider. Someone selected that for me. Flagging myself as Canadian might further reduce my vague anonymity, and then maybe I’ll have to start towing the audiology line better than I do.
I think the sign-up page had/has a bug on whether you come in as linkedin or straight in. The linkedin went registered provider without asking.
Something like that. I don’t know if it ever got fixed.
Curious how much training audiologists get in fitting hearing aids in school?
Hmm. It varies. We had at least one course dedicated to it, and a many that touched on it. And then additional to that we have various mentorships where we work under the supervision of an established audiologist. The university tries to make those as broad as they can, but if one student ends up doing more of their mentorships in an ENT clinic, for example, they may end up with a lot less fitting experience (and a lot more assessment experience) than another student. And then, like in all classes, some students are keener than others–some come in to the program with other post-graduate degrees already under their belts. There were those of us who stayed behind, did extra work, did more self-study and ended up with more experience. And as in any other field, there are some people for whom working with a computer is pretty natural and others for whom it isn’t. (I’m always a bit taken aback by practitioners who say they “can’t fit” a particular manufacturer’s hearing aids–if you know how to navigate through software generally it all seems quite similar to me. Some manufacturers hide options in annoying places, but you just need to know how to look…)
But let me add that people tend to dismiss the value of the undergraduate degree that peceeds the masters. I would disagree with that. An undergraduate counts for a lot. Again, how much it counts for will vary by how much the student put into it, but there is a reasonably high bar to get into a Canadian audiology program–there aren’t that many and they are small programs. You can probably assume that all Canadian audiologists were A students in their undergraduate degree.
I have an easy rule - water & sweat are kryptonite! That might help you remember to take them off when encountering those.
As for feeling old, I consider HAs to be just like glasses. Lots of people augment their sight from a young age, why not augment your hearing?
Thanks for thoughtful answer. Regarding undergrad education. I think what I’m hearing is that since getting into audiology programs is pretty competitive, undergrad tends to filter out all but very strong candidates. I think we often underestimate the importance of the “person” compared to the title. I’m a retired RN from a bachelor’s degree program, but I’ve with worked with nurses with various degrees of preparation and who they are was more important than their education. Willingness to work hard, prioritize well, have a sense of curiosity and use good judgement are hard things to teach.