Doctor of Audiology

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The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) is a professional degree for an audiologist. The AuD program is designed to produce audiologists who are skilled in providing diagnostic, rehabilitative, and other services associated with hearing, balance, tinnitus management, and related audiological fields. These individuals help patients with hearing problems primarily by diagnosing hearing loss and fitting hearing assistive devices. There is an emphasis on the clinical learning experience, though most programs also have a research component. As of 2007, the AuD has replaced Masters-level audiology programs as the entry-level degree[1] in the United States. Other countries, such as Australia, Canada and India, still offer the master's degree. In the United States, after an AuD is obtained, some states may require a license before practicing audiology clinically. The majority of AuD programs include three years of didactic and clinical instruction and a one-year externship, similar to a medical residency. A few schools offer accelerated three-year programs. Programs differ in their prerequisite requirements for admission, though broadly applicants must have some background in the natural and social sciences, mathematics, and humanities. While it may be helpful for applicants to have a background in the communication sciences, this is not generally required for admission to an AuD program.


The idea for the AuD originated from the 1978 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Task Force on Speech, Language, and Hearing Scince.[2] In 1989, the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) was formed with a charge to "transform Audiology to a doctoral profession with the Au.D. as its distinctive designator."[3] In 1994, Baylor College of Medicine established the first Au.D. program. [4] Today, there are more than 100 programs offering an Au.D. degree.[5]

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  1. ^ "AuD Facts". American Academy of Audiology. 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "AuD Degree" (PDF). ASHA Magazine. 1978. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  3. ^ "Back to the Future – The Contentious 80's". Hearing Health & Technology Matters. 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  4. ^ "Au.D. History". Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  5. ^ "Audiology Programs". Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Retrieved August 25, 2023.

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