A listening ear
Audiologists manage, analyse and diagnose ear-related issues, such as hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and even balance problems. They will also recommend and fit devices such as hearing aids for patients.
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), you will need to attain at least a bachelor’s degree in Audiology or Speech and Hearing Sciences (overseas university) or a master’s degree in Audiology or Speech and Hearing Sciences (entry level) from the National University of Singapore.
Tools of the trade
Those with a biomedical or electronic engineering background can apply to be a biomedical engineer or an assistant to one (diploma holders with relevant experience).
The job scope usually entails managing medical equipment and systems in a healthcare organisation such as a hospital, including troubleshooting, adjustments, repairs, safety assessment, training and also liaison with the various device vendors.
The medical triage specialist is the bridge between the patient, his family and the hospital. They determine the urgency of cases, get things done efficiently and keep patients happy.
A diploma in nursing is usually required as the role calls for assessing a customer’s health concerns through e-mail, a phone call or other channels.
Good organisation skills are important too, as the medical triage specialist has to handle appointments throughout the hospital as well as respond to general enquiries.
Ray of light
Occupational therapists are there to make your life better — literally. Their job is to enable a person to perform everyday tasks many would take for granted, such as taking a bath, dressing themselves, driving, writing, making friends and even being productive at work.
The person’s lowered functions (physical, mental, social) could be due to an accident or illness, their advanced age or even a birth defect. There are polytechnic and university courses offering this specialisation in Singapore.
Best foot forward
Podiatrists care for our feet, ankles and lower limbs, which can experience a range of conditions from
the simple — such as calluses and nail issues — to more serious cases that may require surgery, orthoses and rehabilitation such as sports injuries, deformities or diabetic foot ulcers.
According to MOH, one must complete formal tertiary education to practise as a podiatrist in Singapore.
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