A scientist who works in the field of acoustics is an acoustician. The application of acoustics in technology is called acoustical engineering. There is often much overlap and interaction between the interests of acousticians and acoustical engineers. There are many different kinds of acousticians. Here are some examples:
- An acoustical engineer can design transducers such as microphones, earphones, and loudspeakers.
- A bio-acoustician might research bird populations to determine whether or not man-made noise changes their behavior.
- An audiologist can diagnose hearing impairments.
- A hearing scientist can conduct research about hearing loss prevention.
- An architectural acoustician could design an opera house so that people in the audience can enjoy the music to the fullest.
- A noise specialist could do work to reduce noise caused by airplanes, cars, and trains.
- An underwater acoustician might design sophisticated sonar hardware to explore the ocean floor.
- A biomedical acoustician could develop medical equipment to destroy kidney stones.