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A Doctor of Audiology (AuD) is a healthcare professional who provides services related to hearing, balance and related disorders. Audiologists specialize in identifying and assessing hearing and balance problems, preventing hearing loss and rehabilitating a person with a hearing or balance disorder. An audiologist works with their patients by evaluating hearing, counseling patients, fitting hearing aids, and teaching communication strategies. They are experts in the non-medical diagnosis and management of disorders of auditory and balance systems. Audiologists typically work in a variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and more. They can also specialize in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, balance, cochlear implants, hearing aids and more. There are 73 AuD programs in the United States.

Depends on the program. Some AuD programs require you to apply to them directly through their university website. Other programs require you to apply through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Applicaiton Service (CSDCAS).

Some audiology (AuD) programs require students to take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). However students should check each individual school to learn about their specific requirements.

Cost: As of 2022 the GRE costs $205.00

Audiology programs have a variety of different prerequisites depending on the program. Students should check each individual program website carefully for the courses that are required. Some courses that may be required include:

1-2 Courses of Biology 1-3 Courses in Behavioral/Social Sciences
1-2 Courses of Chemistry or Physics 1 Course in English
1 Course in Statistics  

There are some programs that require courses in communication science disorders such as phonetics, anatomy of the ear, nose and throat, and more. At this time, DePaul does not offer courses related to communication science disorders.

Chicago Hearing Society

The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center

American Speech Langugage Hearing Association

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

DePaul Course Offering: SLP 101 - Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders will provide students with 5 observation hours.

Most schools require at minimum a 3.0 GPA. However, most competitive candidates typically have a 3.5-3.7 overall GPA and a GRE score of 150 Verbal, 150 Quantitative and a 4.0 analytical.

It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require information not listed above. Students are responsible for checking the prerequisites for the classes above and for the prerequisites for each individual professional school. For more information about a specific program, please contact that school directly.​​