American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Learn About the CSD Professions


Audiology is the science of hearing, balance, and related disorders. Learn how we hear.

Audiologists are experts in the nonmedical diagnosis and management of disorders of the auditory and balance systems. They specialize in the identification and assessment of hearing and balance problems, rehabilitation of persons with hearing and balance disorders, and prevention of hearing loss.

Audiologists work in many different types of facilities; most work 40–50 hours per week; some work part-time. They frequently work with other medical specialists, speech-language pathologists, educators, engineers, scientists, and allied health professionals.

Salaries of audiologists vary depending on education, experience, work setting, and geographical location.

Of the 160,000+ professionals whom ASHA represents, approximately 13,000 are certified audiologists. The need for audiologists continues to grow.

Audiology competencies include knowledge and skills related to assessment, consultation, treatment, and education.

Education Requirements

Learn how to plan your education in communication sciences and disorders (CSD).

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