Audiology is the science of hearing, balance, and related disorders. Hearing and balance disorders can be assessed, treated, and rehabilitated by an audiologist. Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages.
Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Speech, language, and hearing research focuses on the normal functions of human communication, the processes underlying impaired function, and the development of new techniques for assessment and treatment. This research generates the evidence on which clinical practice is based.
Speech disorders occur when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with their voice or resonance. Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language).
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
Audiology and SLP Assistants
Audiology assistants perform a variety of duties that may include cleaning and preparation of equipment, limited documentation, routine therapeutic activities as deemed appropriate by the licensed clinician, and other duties not otherwise limited by the scope of practice, education, or aptitude of the individual.