M.Sc. in Audiology is a postgraduate course in the science that explores hearing, balance, and related disorders. Practitioners of this science who treat those with hearing loss and proactively prevent related damage are Audiologists. The course is also available in the online mode. This is a 2- year long course spread over 4 semesters.
Audiology is a specialized field of study. The program is designed to train students in the techniques that are required for communication with patients who have impaired hearing and other related sensory disorders.
The average starting salary offered to successful graduates of the course in India varies between INR 25,000 and 30,000, increasing with experience and skillsets.
Successful postgraduates of the course are employed as Clinicians by Community Care Centers, Teachers at universities, or as Administrators of speech and hearing programs. They may even choose to run their own private practices as clinics and hospitals etc.
Their job roles include communicating diagnostic test results, interpretating, and proposing treatment in a manner easily understood by the patients and other staff.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Name of the course||Master of Science [M.Sc.] Audiology|
|Course Level||Post Graduation|
|Duration||2 years, full- time/ Distance Learning|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Admission Process||Based on the candidate’s performance at the level of graduation and in the written tests conducted at the level of institutes, and the round of personal interview.|
|Average Course Fee||INR 5K to 2 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 8 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Hospitals, Rehabilitation Centers , Nursing Care Facilities , Industry Home Health Agencies , Long-term Care Facilities, Research Labs, Adult Day Care Facilities and Business, Centers for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Health Department, College/University Clinics, Public or Private Schools, Private Practice, Community Clinics, State or Government Agencies.|
The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 5,000 (government institutes) to 2 lacs (private institutes).
Listed below are some of the best institutes in India that offer M.Sc. in Audiology.
|SR.NO.||COLLEGE/INSTITUTE||STATE||TUITION FEES (PER YEAR) IN INR||ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA||ADMISSION PROCEDURE|
|1.||All India Institute of Speech and Hearing||Mysore||12,900||Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation (B.Sc. degree required in respective subject)||Admission is based on performance in a relevant online entrance test followed by a round of interview.|
|2.||Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research||Chandigarh||2,810||Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation (B.Sc. degree required in respective subject)||Admission is based on performance in a relevant online entrance test followed by a round of interview.|
|3.||University Of Mumbai||Mumbai||33,990||Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation (B.Sc. degree required in respective subject)||Admission is based on performance in a relevant online entrance test followed by a round of interview.|
|4.||Dr. S.R. Chandrasekhar Institute Of Speech And Hearing||Bangalore||1,88,000|
The minimum eligibility required to be met for admission to the course is B.Sc. with BASLP/ B.Sc. (Speech and Hearing) from a recognized university or an equivalent degree with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.
A few universities and colleges in India conduct entrance examinations for admission to the course.
Most institutes offering the course in India admit students on the basis of their performance in the relevant entrance test. Such institutions/ universities conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. However, the admission process varies from college to college.
Upon successful completion of the course, successful postgraduates interested in higher studies in the discipline may go for pursuing M.Phil./ PH.D. in the subject
Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Linguist, Rehabilitation Counselor, Audiologist, Sign Language Interpreter, Program Director, Language Specialist, Speech Pathologist, University Professors, Audiology Researcher, Consultant, Speech Language Pathologist Assistant, Hearing Assessment Specialist, Audiologist Assistant, Direct Care Staff, Licensed Speech Language Pathologist, Audiology Technical Training Specialist, Audiology Assistant/ Medical Assistant, Clinic Services Representative, Audiology Technician, Health Technician, Speech/Audiology Specialist, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Social Worker, Interpreter and Translator, Physical Therapist Assistant etc.
Audiology Experts are hired in establishment such as Long-term Care Facilities, Hospitals, Research Labs, Rehabilitation Centers, College/ University Clinics, Industry Home Health Agencies, Nursing Care Facilities, State or Government Agencies, Centers for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Public or Private Schools, Private Practice, Community Clinics, Health Department, Adult Day Care Facilities, among others.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Title||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|Audiologist||Audiologists are ear specialists. Typically, these professionals work with patients who have problems with hearing, balance or other ear-related problems. Audiologists typically work in health care settings, although many also work in schools or educational environments.||1,85,476 - 10,83,605|
|Audiology Technician||Audiology Technicians repair hearing aids, prepare patients for testing, and maintain equipment to assist the Audiologist in clinical research. Office tasks may include record-keeping, answering phones, and other administrative and clerical support functions.||2,50,00 - 6,80,000|
|Consultant Speech Therapist||Speech Therapist Consultants work with patients of diverse age groups to treat discourse and dialect disorders, such as stammers, falters, Tourette's and mutism.||1,80,060 - 8,30,800|
A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here.
|Research methods in speech-language & hearing|
|Statistics in speech-language & hearing|
|Technology for speech-language & hearing|
|Basics in auditory perception|
|Neurophysiology of hearing|
|Psychophysics of audition in normal|
|Physiological assessment of the auditory system|
|(a) Clinical Practicum (Internal)|
|(b) Clinical Practicum Examination (External)|
|Psychophysics of audition in the hearing impaired|
|Seminars in assessment of the hearing impaired|
|Speech perception in clinical population|
|Electrophysiological assessment of the auditory system|
|Audiology in practice|
|Assessment and management of central auditory processing disorders|
|Seminars in rehabilitative audiology|
|Implantable devices for the hearing impaired|
|(a) Clinical practicum (Internal)|
|(b) Clinical practicum examination (External)|