American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Learn About the CSD Professions

Audiology

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

Audiologists are experts in providing services in the prevention, diagnosis, and evidenced-based treatment of hearing and balance disorders for people of all ages. Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications.

Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to minimize the negative impact of these disorders, leading to improved outcomes and quality of life.

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

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