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AUDIOLOGIST

The Audiologist is responsible for diagnostic evaluation of hearing-impaired individuals and assistive listening devices. This position is governed by state and federal laws and

Class Code:

L045C

Job Grade:

MP01

Special Job Requirements:

None

Typical Functions:

Evaluates hearing of the developmentally disabled seeking placement in state operated facilities. Administers hearing or speech/language evaluations, tests, or examinations to patients, to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment. Observes students and provides techniques to improve hearing or speech impairment, including sign language or lip reading. Evaluates hearing and speech/language disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment. Examines and cleans ear canals of patients and fits and dispenses assistive devices, such as hearing aids. Monitors client progress and discharges clients from treatment upon attainment of pre-identified goals. Plans and conducts treatment programs for student hearing or speech problems by consulting with physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other health care personnel, as necessary. Recommends assistive devices according to client needs or the nature of impairments. Refers clients to additional medical or educational services. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of testing and diagnostic procedures, techniques, and equipment used in aural rehabilitation. Knowledge of the role of amplification, auditory, training, and speech reading in aural rehabilitation. Knowledge of the basic diagnostic procedures used in speech pathology, including test selection, test administration, and interpretation of test results. Ability to apply audio logical assessment of clients for diagnostic evaluation. Ability to determine hearing aid fitting using audio logic information and client preference. Ability to develop, monitor, and modify individual client programs. Ability to document and prepare diagnostic evaluation results and maintain client files. Ability to train the hearing-impaired on speech articulation, speech reading, sign language, and language. Ability to provide training and information on auditory needs, equipment usage, and test results.

Minimum Qualifications:

Licensed as an audiologist by the State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, as required by Arkansas Code 17-100-301. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

None

Exempt:

E
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