The program in Audiology prepares doctoral level professionals to evaluate and manage individuals who are suspected or have been identified as having differences associated with hearing. The spectrum of services is spread over the lifespan of an individual. Audiologists may be involved in the early identification of hearing loss and the careful assessment and appropriate fitting of amplification (e.g. hearing aids, cochlear implants, other assistive listening devices). They may be involved in the management of children during their school years in educational settings, or work with adults with acquired hearing losses. Audiologists may help in the monitoring of vital signs during surgery or the assessment of individuals who are dizzy or experience tinnitus. Work settings include hospitals, schools, industry, rehabilitation centers, community centers, and private practice settings. This is a profession with extensive job opportunities for those that complete a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree.
This program is a four-year post-baccalaureate residency program, the first of its kind in the Intermountain West and Pacific states. Utah State University is the birthplace of educational audiology. In addition, USU is in the forefront of research in telehealth applications in audiology. The AuD will enable graduates to enter the field at a professional level and begin a rewarding career of service in this evolving allied healthcare discipline.