Audiology

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Audiology entails theoretical and clinical learning experiences that will allow you to become practicing audiologists. This program covers hearing, prevention of hearing loss, identification, assessment and rehabilitation of hearing and balance problems.

Speech-Language Pathology, meanwhile, is a programme that will help you bring a person’s speech or language skills up to the level of his peers. In most cases, people who have suffered speech impairment caused by a cleft palate, an accident, or a stroke.

Pathway

Audiologists can help educate policy-makers and school administrators on the importance of early diagnosis and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing or speech-language difficulty.

Subject Focus

SPM:

  • Physics
  • Biology

University:

Usually, you’ll be studying medical sciences, including Anatomy, Physiology, Physics, Hearing Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Neuro-muscular system and other similar subjects. Moreover, studies in electronics and hearing prosthetic are also beneficial.

Personality Type

Do you have the patience to explain things to them especially when they’re not wearing their hearing aids? If you can handle patients who feel frustrated of their speech or hearing condition then a career in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology could be just for you!

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counselor or ask our experts for further guidance!

You should also realize that ANY type can be successful in ANY major or career.

Myers-Briggs: ESTP, ESFP, ESTJ, ESFJ

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: Language Pathology (SAI), Audiology (ISR)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Audiologists are not just technicians but also excellent communicators. Part of their responsibility is to convey information to their patients, even to the point of learning basic sign language skills.

Work Environment:

Graduates of this programme can find themselves working for clinical service providers in a variety of settings such as hospitals, private audiology clinics, private hearing aid centres or other healthcare facilities.

Salary

Salaries of audiologists depend on their educational background, specialty and experience, along with the geographical location and type of setting in which they work.

Job Demand

In Malaysia:

Malaysia needs at least 1,325 audiologists and 5,000 speech-language pathologists. However, the country has few of them. From the current list of qualified audiologist from the Malaysian Association of Speech-Language & Hearing (MASH) alone, it appears that the country has a futile number of audiologists.

According to some industry observers, there are not enough professionals in the area of hearing and even in speech therapy, and that government should create more opportunities for them. This type of career is oftentimes rewarding especially when you see improvement in a patient’s condition.

USEFUL LINKS TO ORGANISATIONS

Malaysian Association of Speech-Language & Hearing
Family Association of the Disabled Persons Pembelan Jaran (PERKOBP)
Federation for the Deaf Malaysian
National Society for the Deaf Malaysia
CareSpeech

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