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City Living May Drive Increasing Need for Audiologists



By Catherine Groux
Posted January 09, 2012 08:08 AM

Modern city living may help drive the need for more audiology degree holders.
Modern city living may help drive the need for more audiology degree holders.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in order to become an audiologist, individuals must have a master's degree. However, a doctoral degree is becoming increasingly necessary as more states make such credentials a requirement for audiologists. But earning this allied health degree is still worth it, as salaries are high and employment in this field is expected to increase by 25% through 2018.

While this job growth can be partly attributed to a greater awareness of hearing problems, the modern lifestyle may also be contributing to individuals' need to see an audiologist. A recent study in Environmental Science & Technology shows that modern city living can cause hearing loss and damage in many individuals.

The report shows that about one in 10 people who use mass transit exceed their recommended noise exposure during their commute. However, the biggest contributor to hearing loss was MP3 players and stereos, which many people opt to use during their morning and afternoon commutes. Unfortunately, on their way to and from work, a majority of public transportation users put themselves at risk for permanent, irreversible hearing loss.

As this trend continues to harm individuals' hearing, it could create an even stronger demand for more professionals to earn a doctorate degree in audiology.

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