Audiologists are healthcare professionals who are skilled in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. As audiologists, we take pride in combining our enthusiasm for serving others with evidence-based practice to improve the lives of inpiduals in our communities.
Becoming a credentialed hearing healthcare provider is a lengthy but rewarding process. An inpidual must complete an undergraduate degree followed by four additional years of graduate training. Pre-graduate coursework may be related to communication disorders, or may be completed in an unrelated field. Candidates have the option to apply for a clinical doctorate (Au.D.), a doctor in philosophy (Ph.D.), or both an Au.D. and Ph.D. if they are unsure of which course to pursue, and wish to play it by ear.
The application process is extremely competitive, as most Audiology programs admit an average of 7-10 students per year; median grade point averages are typically in the 3.8 to 3.9 range. Many candidates choose programs based on the quality of training, availability of perse clinical experience, and a program’s research emphasis. These factors are essential for becoming a well-rounded professional who can provide an array of services to meet patient needs. Audiologists are found in a variety of professional settings from classrooms to operating rooms. Below is a list and brief description of the specialties within our scope of practice.
Academia: Instructors at universities educate future audiologists and conduct research to expand the scope of knowledge within the field
Educational Audiology: Professionals work in K-12 grade school settings to meet the needs of children with hearing impairments
Forensic Audiology: Provide knowledge and expertise regarding the science of hearing to ethically influence legal cases
Hearing Conservation: Work in different industries to mitigate the effects of hazardous noise in work environments by implementing safe measures
Intraoperative Monitoring: Work closely with surgeons in operating rooms to monitor the status of nerves (typically auditory and facial) that can be compromised
Pediatric Audiology: Provide services to newborns and older children (<18 years old) to ensure minimal disruption to speech-language development and quality of life
Philanthropic Audiology: Travel to different parts of the globe to provide hearing healthcare where the need is greater and resources are scarce
U.S. Military: Provide audiological services to members of active duty armed forces and their families
Vestibular Audiology: Assess, diagnose and manage balance disorders
(Re)habilitation of hearing and balance impairment can be an emotionally challenging process for inpiduals with hearing loss and their loved ones. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that practicing professionals stay adrift of the latest advancements. Science and technology is the backbone of audiology, and Continuing Education enables us to provide superb care and service to inpiduals who are eager to get back to living their best lives. If you (or anyone you know) are interested in learning more about the field of audiology, feel free to contact us with inquiries!