While going through the bachelor’s in speech, language, and hearing science, you may decide that you're interested in audiology. If you decide to become an audiologist, you will need to go on to a doctoral degree. The University of Wyoming does not offer a doctoral program but there are several quality programs in the western mountain region. For information on Western Regional Graduate Programs in Audiology, visit the College of Health Sciences pre-professional webpage.
In your undergraduate and graduate education, you will study the process of normal hearing and the anatomy, physiology, and neurology of the auditory system. You will study different types of hearing loss and conditions that can cause hearing loss, including genetic features, birth trauma, viral and bacterial infection, injury, exposure to intense noise, and advancing age. You will learn to evaluate hearing sensitivity and speech understanding, and test the hearing skills of infants and young children. You'll use audiometric test results to provide important information to physicians making a medical diagnosis of certain conditions. You will learn to manage programs to help individuals in overcoming hearing loss. These programs include evaluation and recommendation of hearing aids and electronic amplification systems installed in theaters and churches. You may also choose to direct programs for preventing hearing loss due to noise exposure. As an audiologist, you'll work closely with physicians, teachers, hearing aid manufacturers and dispensers, and speech-language pathologists.