Audiologists identify hearing and balance disorders, provide rehabilitative services, assess amplification devices, and serve as industry consultants on issues concerning environmental and noise-induced hearing loss.
A Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) is an independent professional who specializes in the assessment and rehabilitation of hearing impairment. Audiologists treat patients from birth through adulthood.
In providing hearing care, audiologists:
- Diagnose and treat hearing problems, including balance function and disorders
- Treat most hearing impairments through modern hearing technology, including programmable and digital hearing aids and other hearing assistive technology systems
- Program cochlear implants and serve on multidisciplinary cochlear implant teams
- Develop and implement prevention, screening, and early detection programs
- Recommend hearing protection in industrial, military, travel, music, and other settings
- Provide treatment services to enable individuals to communicate effectively
Audiology is closely connected to the field of speech-language pathology (SLP). Some audiologists also become certified speech-language pathologists, but each profession is a distinct career in its own right.
Undergraduate requirements (varies by program):
|Biology (1-2 courses)||BIO 150, BIO 233|
|Chemistry (2 courses)||CHEM 125, CHEM 126*|
|Physics (2 courses)||PHYS 124, PHYS 125|
|Psychology (1 course)||PSYCH 125|
|Math (1 course)||MATH 120|
|Statistics (1 course)||STATS 110 or STATS 212|
|Social Sciences (2-3 courses)||Variety of course options|
*St. Olaf General Chemistry options:
- CHEM 125 (Fall), CHEM 126 (Spring)
- CHEM 121 (Fall), CHEM 123 (Interim), CHEM 126 (Spring)
- CH/BI 125 (Fall), CH/BI 126 (Interim), CH/BI 127 (Spring, also counts as a semester of general biology)
Strongly advised to have at least 30 hours of observation in audiology prior to application. Many institutions require CPR certification.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – Usually taken in the summer or fall after your junior year.
CSDCAS – Costs $100 for the first school and $45 for each additional school.Graduate programs are four years with coursework and clinical experience. Graduates can practice general audiology or acquire post-graduate training in various audiology specialties.
St. Olaf Campus Contact:
- Jeremy Loebach, Psychology Department
- Extension: 3957
- Office: Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences 232
- American Academy of Audiology
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Audiology Foundation of America
- Pre-Health Club
- St. Olaf Speech and Hearing Association (STOSHA)