Navy Audiologist: clinical experience surpasses that of civilian jobs Audiology

Whether Sailors and Marines are protecting our country or the well-being of those less fortunate across the globe, you will protect their hearing in Navy Audiology. And help them protect it too. Tactical jet aircraft noise on a typical flight deck: 130 decibels. Standard issue firearms: 150 decibels. Even below deck and out of harm’s way, there are countless areas where the hearing of Navy personnel is at stake.

Navy Audiologists have a very real and lasting impact on the quality of life for servicemembers. One that reaches beyond the present to a full-volume future in the civilian world … and into retirement.

Your experience will be unrivaled, too. You’ll use state-of-the-art equipment and take speech pathology to the maximum in real-world applications. You’ll move beyond a clinic setting to some of the most dynamic working environments and attain skills you can take anywhere, with specialty training and continuing postgraduate education that let you maintain a competitive edge. Then choose from the best audiology jobs when you return to civilian life.

Job Description

As a Navy Audiologist with a variety of important responsibilities, you may:

  • Serve as the Hearing Conservation Program Manager for aviation, shipboard and artillery communities
  • Perform auditory examinations on service personnel, their families and those in need across the globe
  • Supervise, lead or conduct audiological research, whether measuring the auditory effects of humans not wearing proper ear protection or the long-term effects of sound on marine mammals
  • Provide hearing conservation certification for technical personnel so they know exactly how to protect their hearing

Specific Responsibilities

As a Clinical Audiologist and Officer in Navy Clinical Care, you will provide a wide range of clinical support services for a diverse population. Working within clinical, occupational or educational audiology, you may:

  • Perform routine and advanced auditory examinations
  • Note any possible changes in hearing and instruct people on how to properly protect themselves from noise exposure
  • Diagnose, evaluate and assess the impact of hearing loss on communication
  • Enhance communication ability through aural rehabilitative support
  • Ensure the auditory combat readiness of Fleet and Marine personnel
  • Serve as consultant manager of Navy/Marine Corps Hearing Conservation Programs, demonstrating how crews’ earplugs are inserted correctly and ensuring that cranial/earmuffs fit well and are in good condition

Work Environment

With more than 250 Navy and medical facilities around the globe, you could serve anywhere among aviation, shipboard and artillery communities stationed throughout the globe. Within the Audiology Department of Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. Or at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam.

You could also find yourself working at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, Maryland; Portsmouth, Virginia; and San Diego, California. Or you could provide medical support aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.

Education Opportunities

Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous scholarships, financial assistance and continuing education programs.


Navy Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP) – Receive up to $67,300 while finishing your residency. This amount includes a generous monthly salary and housing allowance ranging from $3,280 to $5,610 for up to 12 months.*

Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.

*Navy HSCP housing allowance based on graduate school location. Increased offer amounts available in areas with a higher cost of living.

Practicing Professionals

There's an alternative to spending years paying down the cost of your graduate education. If you're currently a practicing professional, you could potentially be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP). Talk to a Navy Officer Recruiter for more information.

Offers have many variables. To get information and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.


To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as an Audiologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S. (contact a
    Navy Medical Recruiter for details)
  • Master’s degree in Audiology or Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree
  • State licensure
  • Board certification through either the American Board of Audiology (ABA) or the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • Interest in clinical, industrial (occupational) or educational audiology
  • Ability to work with a diverse population in a variety of medical settings


After the Navy

In the Navy, you’ll find unrivaled training and educational opportunities. Incomparable benefits and experience. Deeper pride and purpose. And superior career advancement opportunities that will pay off long after you return to the civilian world.

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.