About the Professions
Audiologists measure hearing ability, identify hearing disorders, provide rehabilitative services, assess amplification devices and instruct in their care, provide training in speech-reading and serve as consultants to government and industry on issues concerning environmental, noise-induced hearing loss.
Speech-Language Pathologists help those who stutter to increase their fluency; help people who have had strokes or experienced brain trauma to regain lost language and speech; help children and adolescents who have language disorders to understand and give directions, ask and answer questions, convey ideas, improve the language skills that lead to better academic performance; counsel individuals and families to understand and deal with speech and language disorders.
Speech, Language and Hearing Scientists
Speech, Language and Hearing Scientists investigate the complex processes underlying human communication, explore the impact of psychological, social and psychophysiological factors on communication; they collaborate with experts in other fields to develop new approaches to treating those with speech, language and hearing disorders.