Occ. Code 5931210

AUDIOLOGIST 1, GRADE 16

5931210

AUDIOLOGIST 2, GRADE 18

5931220

                                  

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

           Audiologists diagnose, evaluate, manage, and treat hearing disorders and communication problems.  Incumbents determine the extent of hearing loss; prescribe, fit, and check hearing aids or cochlear implants; and counsel patients to cope with hearing loss. Clinical services are provided as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, or within a Speech Language Pathology/Audiology department.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

          AUDIOLOGIST 1: entry level; under the direction of an Audiologist 2 or higher level clinician, examines, assesses, diagnoses, manages, and treats individuals experiencing hearing, balance, or ear problems; provides training to treatment staff relative to hearing problems; assists in preparing individual treatment plans; and maintains records of treatment activities.

          AUDIOLOGIST 2: full performance level; provides professional audiological services under the direction of a Speech Language Pathology Audiology Program Coordinator or higher level clinician, and provides consultant services for treatment programming and evaluation; may provide clinical supervision of Audiologists 1; and operate with a higher degree of independent decision making within their area of practice.

RELATED CLASSES

          Speech Language Pathologists assess, evaluate, and treat individuals who have communication and swallowing disorders.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

          AUDIOLOGIST 1: examines patients who have hearing, balance, or related ear problems; assesses results and diagnoses problems; determines and administers treatment to meet patient’s goals; fits and dispenses hearing aids; measures, designs, and makes ear plugs; implements and supervises new or modified treatment methodologies; provides training to employees regarding ear pathology, hearing aids, working with hearing impaired individuals, and aural rehabilitation services; educates patients on ways to prevent hearing loss; counsels patients in coping with hearing loss; assists with the development of individualized treatment plans; records changes in patients’ conditions; and maintains a variety of records.

          AUDIOLOGIST 2: in addition to performing any of the tasks of the Audiologist 1, Audiologists 2 provide consultation upon referral for individual’s hearing and balance needs, including appropriate follow-up regarding guidelines, staff training, and direct therapy; and may provide clinical supervision and assist in training Audiologists 1. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

          AUDIOLOGIST 1

Open-Competitive: Master’s degree in audiology or comparable degree which meets the requirements for New York State licensure as an Audiologist, or American Speech and Hearing Association certification in audiology.

          AUDIOLOGIST 2

Open-Competitive: New York State licensure as an Audiologist or American Speech and Hearing Association certification in audiology and one year of post-master’s experience as an Audiologist.

 

Date:  6/18

 

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.