Audiologists work with people who have hearing, balance, and related ear problems. They examine individuals of all ages and identify those with the symptoms of hearing loss and other auditory, balance, and related sensory and neural problems. They then assess the nature and extent of the problems and help the individuals manage them. Using audiometers, computers, and other testing devices, they measure the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds, the ability to distinguish between sounds, and the impact of hearing loss on an individual's daily life. In addition, audiologists use computer equipment to evaluate and diagnose balance disorders. Audiologists interpret these results and may coordinate them with medical, educational, and psychological information to make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The primary mission of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program is to prepare individuals for careers as clinical audiologists.
The four-year post-baccalaureate program is designed to produce audiologists who are competent to perform the wide array of diagnostic, remedial, and other services associated with the practice of audiology. Including the following areas:
The program includes formal coursework, practicum, a year-long residency, and an independent study capstone project. A minimum of 94 credit hours is required, which consists of 56 credits of course work and 38 credit hours of clinical practicum, including the clinical residence for one academic year. In order to meet the clinical practicum requirements for the CCC-A, students must be prepared to accept the responsibility for completing all clinical assignments necessary for generating the requisite clock hours ASHA has specified in designated clinical categories.
What Types of Clinical Experiences Will I Receive?
Illinois State University is home to the Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic, an active clinic with state-of-the-art equipment that services over 12,000 pediatric through geriatric clients a year.
Services included the following:
Program Completion Rate:
|Period||# completed program w/in expected time frame||# completed later than expected time frame||# not completing||% completing|
|3 year average||74%|
Praxis Examination Pass Rates:
|Period||# taking exam||pass rate (%)|
|3 year average||90%|
Employment Rates for AuD Graduates:
|Period||# of graduates||% of graduates|
|3 year average||93%|
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