About The Professions

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat people who have communication disorders. Audiologists are concerned with the identification, measurement, and study of hearing and hearing impairments and with the treatment of persons with hearing disorders. Speech-language pathologists are specialists who diagnose and treat individuals with speech, language, voice, literacy and fluency disorders. Because speech and/or hearing problems are both communication disorders, audiologists and speech-language pathologists work together to determine sources of communication problems and to coordinate programs of rehabilitation. Graduates of this program are prepared for positions in a variety of professional settings including school systems; community speech, language, and hearing centers; private practice; physician’s offices; hospital clinics; rehabilitation centers; day care centers; college-training programs; and residential institutions.