Many people suffer with hearing disabilities that affect their communication and human relation skills. Audiologists work with patients at all levels of hearing. They use audiometers and other testing devices to measure the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds, the ability to distinguish between sounds, and other tests of the nature and extent of their hearing loss. Most Audiologists provide direct clinical services to individuals with communication disorders. In speech, language, and hearing clinics, they may independently develop and carry out a treatment program. In medical facilities, they may work with physicians, social workers, psychologists, and other therapists to develop and execute a treatment plan.
An applicant for a license to practice Audiology and speech-language pathology must be at least 19 years of age, have a masters degree in Audiology or speech-language pathology from an approved program, complete a Clinical Fellowship Year, and pass the licensure or obtain an endorsement by a nationwide professional accrediting organization.
- Alabama A&M University – Department of Special Education
- Auburn University – Department of Communication Disorders
- University of Alabama – Dept. of Communicative Disorders
- University of Montevallo – Dept. of Communication Science & Disorders
- University of South Alabama – College of Allied Health Professions