Audiology is a field that is exciting and growing everyday. With the new advancements in medical technology more and more is known about the human ear. Audiologists are primarily concerned with the hearing system of the ear as well as balance of the body. Experts in the field are also concerned with prevention of hearing loss, identification and treatment of hearing and balance systems, and rehabilitation of persons with hearing and balance problems.
If you are interested in this field, the first step is to acquire a bachelor's degree in and eventually a PhD in Audiology. Coursework includes basic science, math, auditory systems and abnormal communication development. Those with graduate degrees must obtain a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech Hearing and Language Association (ASHA) and then apply for a license to practice. Every state is different in their licensure practices.
Audiologists can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, speech and hearing clinics, schools, physician offices and private practices. Typically, audiologists interact with a variety of professionals.
Pay range varies as much as work settings, but the median salary for ASHA certified audiologists in 2004 was 45,000 to 78,000 ( www.asha.org ). For more information on Audiology, visit the department office (PHS 252) or www.asha.org.
Please visit the Fresno State online catalog for Audiology for additional information.