Audiology

Overview

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.

– ExploreHealthCareers.org

Prerequisites

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:

  1. CHEM 125 (Fall), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  2. CHEM 121 (Fall), CHEM 123 (Interim), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  3. CH/BI 125 (Fall), CH/BI 126 (Interim), CH/BI 127 (Spring, also counts as a semester of general biology)
Be sure to check the admission requirements for the specific programs you will be applying to! 
 

Experience:

Strongly advised to have at least 30 hours of observation in audiology prior to application. Many institutions require CPR certification.

Entrance exam:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – Usually taken in the summer or fall after your junior year.

General application:

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. 
 

Resources

St. Olaf Campus Contact:

  • Jeremy Loebach, Psychology Department
    • Extension: 3957
    • Office: Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences 232

Professional organizations:

Student organization:

List of graduate programs: