A scientist working in the field of acoustics is an acoustician. The application of acoustics to technology is called acoustical engineering. There is often a great deal of overlap and interaction between the interests of acousticians and acoustical engineers. There are many different types of acousticians. Here are a few examples:
- An acoustical engineer may design transducers such as microphones, earphones, and loudspeakers.
- A bio-acoustician might study bird populations to determine if human-made noise is changing their behavior.
- An audiologist can diagnose hearing loss.
- A hearing scientist can conduct research on hearing loss prevention.
- An architectural acoustician might design an opera house so that people in the audience can enjoy the music to the fullest.
- An acoustical engineer might work to reduce noise from airplanes, cars, and trains.
- An underwater acoustician might design sophisticated sonar hardware to explore the ocean floor.
- A biomedical acoustician might develop medical devices to destroy kidney stones.