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Audiologist

Overview: Flight line noise as well as rapid altitude changes during flight can stress the delicate hearing systems of service members. Audiologists identify, assess, and manage disorders of the auditory and balance system.

Position: Officer 

AFSC: 42NX

Specific Tasks: 

  • Conducts and interprets assessment of peripheral and central auditory function, balance, and related systems through comprehensive behavioral, electroacoustic, and/or electrophysiologic evaluation methods
  • Promotes noise induced hearing loss prevention as a consultant or manager of base level occupational Hearing Conservation Programs
  • Manages hearing loss through evaluation and fitting of prosthetic devices to include hearing aids, assistive listening and implantable devices

Requirements:

  • It is mandatory to possess a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with concentration in Audiology or a Master’s Degree in Audiology (M.A. or M.S.). All degree programs must be accredited. Conferred doctorate degrees are preferred. However, individuals applying during a 4th year externship who have met all other academic requirements for award of a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.), and are in valid student status, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher on 4.0 scale or equivalent and have a record of a passing score on a national exam in Audiology will be considered.
  • A current, valid, and unrestricted license to practice in the District of Columbia or any state or U.S. territory, and either a valid Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) or a valid Board Certification in Audiology from the American Board of Audiology (ABA) (may be waived only for individuals accessed within six (6) months following Au.D. program graduation).

Training: 

  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Commissioned Officer Training (COT). This 5-week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.