Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies
Explore the Audiology Option
Audiology is a career path 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 and a AuD (Doctor of Audiology) degree. 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.
About the Field
Audiologists can work in a variety of settings including:
- Speech and hearing clinics
- Physician offices
- Outpatient clinics and private practices
Typically, audiologists interact with a variety of professionals.
The starting slary for a beginning audiologist is approximately $48,000, depending on the site and the number of days workerd per year. Pay range varies as much as work settings, but the median salary for ASHA certified audiologists in 2004 was 45,000 to 78,000. For more information on Audiology, visit the department office (PHS 252) or www.asha.org.
View the Fresno State Catalog for more information.