Doctor of Audiology
About the Degree
The University of Akron, in partnership with Kent State University and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, offers the Doctor of Audiology degree through the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (NOAC). NOAC merges the strong assets of two university programs that focus on the scientific and clinical bases of audiology with the Cleveland Clinic Section of Audiology to provide students with exposure to the breadth and depth of diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology. We are dedicated to providing World Class Education in Audiology. The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program at the University of Akron, in association with the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium, is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Audiologists specialize in evaluating and treating adults, infants and children with hearing loss, dizziness, or tinnitus. Accordingly, we train Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) students to conduct tests to identify the degree and etiology of impairment, disability, and handicap. We further train Au.D students in evidence-based treatment practices, including dispensing hearing aids and other assistive devices for hearing loss and tinnitus, dizziness treatments, and counseling. Our students learn to identify patients who could benefit from team intervention with colleagues in medicine, mental health, speech-language pathology, education, and others.
The Audiology Doctorate is a four-year post baccalaureate doctoral program consisting of 120 credits. Approximately 20 credit hours are dedicated to background sciences, 53 credit hours to diagnostics and treatment, 6 credit hours to applying research in evidence based practice, 5 credit hours to related patient care issues, and 36 credit hours to direct patient care (averaging approximately 2000 hours in clinical settings). Direct patient care occurs at the University of Akron Audiology and Speech Center, The Kent State University Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic main campus and satellite clinics, and other clinics in the region, state, and country.
Salary and Career Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects employment opportunities to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, 34 percent from 2012 to 2022. CareerCast.com ranked audiology the second best job of 2015 and U.S. News and World Report annually ranks audiologists among the top careers with quality of life rated an “A”.
The UA Audiology Doctorate program’s employment rate is 100%. Although salaries are affected by many variables, data show that independent practice audiologists’ mean salary is $128,408, whereas overall audiologists’ mean overall salary is $71,000.
- The Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium is the largest residential Au.D. degree granting program in the country. Students learn from one another and form large networks of colleagues. We have one of the largest chapters of our professional student organization.
- Our students are taught, precepted, and mentored by faculty of three institutions (The University of Akron, Kent State University, and the Cleveland Clinic). This affords our graduates instruction by faculty in specialized areas, and more varied expertise than would be available in smaller programs.
- All three institutions have fully functioning and equipped audiology clinics. Patient populations at these sites and around northeast Ohio provide students with rich learning experiences.
- All three institutions have libraries, classrooms, and related educational materials and equipment for student enrichment.
- Distinctive to the NOAC program is our unique leadership development model. Throughout the educational program, we provide course content and support systems dedicated to the development of tomorrow’s professional leaders, from the local arena to the international stage. Students are mentored in the publication and presentation process, and are mentored as volunteers or elected leaders in local, state, and national leadership roles.
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. James Steiger
Polsky Building, Room 181
Graduate School: Heather Blake
Polsky Building, Room 467