Audiology is a rapidly growing health profession that manages issues effecting hearing and balance. As an audiologist, you’ll assess, treat and rehabilitate patients with hearing loss, as well as provide hearing screening and testing. You’ll also work with those with dizziness and balance issues. Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. Audiologists need to understand existing and emerging technologies as well as interpersonal skills.
Audiologists typically have a Doctor of Audiology degree, Au.D. and may pursue certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Audiologists work in physician’s offices, hospitals, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centers, colleges and universities, rehabilitation centers, long-term and residential health care facilities.
Those who have a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and do not pursue an Au.D., may find rewarding careers working in patient and community outreach, career counseling, patient advocacy, product development and more.
The doctor of audiology education program at Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.