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Au.D. in Audiology

Dr. Chizuko Tamaki, Program Coordinator
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 2216

The Au.D. program is designed to produce audiologists who are able to function independently in all diagnostic and rehabilitative settings, serving individuals of all ages, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program offers an intensive, broadly based academic curriculum together with integrated sequential clinical experience. The curriculum was developed in accordance with the recommendations and guidelines of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology (ARA).

In addition to providing traditionally strong academic and clinical experience, the Gallaudet University Au.D. program has the unique charge of training audiologists who are proficient in American Sign Language (ASL), who possess extensive understanding of deafness, and who have particular expertise in serving members of the deaf community.Students accepted into the Au.D. program have the option of selecting a pediatric-educational audiology emphasis (PEAE). The curriculum for students who select this emphasis includes: substituting two required courses for the two program electives, adapting assignments in selected required courses to pediatric populations, and adapting required practica, internship, and residency experiences to serve pediatric populations. The PEAE option comprehensively addresses the competencies of the Educational Audiology Association as well as the knowledge and skills acquisition (KASA) competencies required for ASHA's Certification of Clinical Competence in Audiology.

The Au.D. staff includes 9 full-time and 1 part-time faculty members and clinical audiologists, with additional contributions from members of the Speech-Language Pathology faculty, faculty of other University departments, and outstanding adjunct faculty from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the Au.D. in Audiology must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available under the 'Courses' and 'Requirements' tabs. 

DEADLINEDATE
First Date for Consideration of Application: February 15
Preferred Date for Completed Application: February 15


Program Specific Requirements

GRE or MAT
Three Letters of reference

Recommended Undergraduate Major

Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology or related discipline
Communication Sciences/Disorders

Prerequisite Coursework

Please refer to the department website for the most current list of prerequisite courses. 

 

Year I - Fall semester

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 814Instrumentation Lab1
HSL 815Acoustics and Psychoacoustics3
HSL 817Anatomy & Physiology of the Auditory & Vestibular System3
HSL 834Diagnostic Audiology4
HSL 840Introduction to Practicum1
HSL 846Clinical Applications of Sign Communication I1-2
PST American Sign Language3
GPS 700Culture & Language Seminar1

Year I - Spring semester

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 784Research Methodology in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences3
HSL 818Acoustic Phonetics3
HSL 840Introduction to Practicum1
HSL 847Clinical Applications of Sign Communication II1
HSL 850Amplification I3
HSL 861Pediatric and Educational Audiology3
Elective2-3
PST American Sign Language3

Year I - Summer semester

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 821Informational Counseling and Multicultural Issues3
HSL 895Special Topics1-3
  • Total Credits for Year I: 32-35

Year II - Fall semester

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 824Aural Rehabilitation: Adults3
HSL 835Vestibular Assessment and Management3
HSL 841Clinical Practicum (Diagnostics Audiology)2
HSL 842Clinical Practicum ( Aural Rehabilitation)1
HSL 852Amplification II3
HSL 883Research Project in Audiology1
PST American Sign Language3

Year II - Spring semester

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 826Aural Rehabilitation:Pediatric3
HSL 841Clinical Practicum (Diagnostics Audiology)2
HSL 842Clinical Practicum ( Aural Rehabilitation)1
HSL 858Cochlear Implants3
HSL 866Electrophysiological Measures in Audiology3
HSL 883Research Project in Audiology1
PST American Sign Language3

Year II - Summer semester

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 880Internship in Audiology2-6
HSL 883Research Project in Audiology1
  • Total Credits for Year II: 30-33

Year III - Fall semester

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 862Central Auditory Processing Disorders -- Evaluation and Remediation3
HSL 863Community and Industrial Audiology2
HSL 873Private Practice Development/Clinic Management3
HSL 880Internship in Audiology2-6
HSL 883Research Project in Audiology1

Year III - Spring semester

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 855Communication Technology3
HSL 870Seminar in Medical Audiology2
HSL 880Internship in Audiology2-6

Year III - Summer Session

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 875Professional Issues1
HSL 890Externship1-6
  • Total Credits for Year III: 24

Year IV - Fall and Spring semesters

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 890Externship1-6

Year IV - Summer Session

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 890Externship1-6
 

GPS 700 - Culture & Language Seminar (1)

Beginning in fall 2010, GPS 700 Culture and Language Seminar is required for all incoming graduate students (with the exception of summers-only and online students) in their first fall semester at Gallaudet. The seminar was designed to prepare graduate students to understand the unique cultural and linguistic environment at Gallaudet University. Throughout the seminar, students will engage in discussions of major cultural issues in the lives of deaf individuals and their communities. Having the opportunity to explore these issues with other graduate students and faculty will deepen students' appreciation of the rich personal and academic experiences that can only be found at Gallaudet University.

HSL 784 - Research Methodology in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences (3)

Evaluation of research in audiology and communication disorders. The course describes how to read, understand, and evaluate research appearing in the literature, and provides an introduction to research design. Although the major focus is for the research consumer, many of the principles presented will apply to the design and implementation of research.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 814 - Instrumentation Lab (1)

This course will provide hands-on learning experiences through use of instrumentation in audiology. Lab exercises will familiarize students to audiologic instrumentation and provide opportunities to apply basic audiologic concepts to lab findings. Laboratory format also provides an introduction to scientific report writing using the APA format.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.
    Co-requisite: HSL 815, HSL 834

HSL 815 - Acoustics and Psychoacoustics (3)

Study of basic physical properties of sound, including decibel notation, wave propagation, resonance, filtering, and the analysis of simple and complex signals. The course also includes study of the principles, procedures, and research involved in the field of psychoacoustics, including the relationships between the physical dimensions of sound and perceptual experience, as well as the relationships between psychoacoustic testing and both auditory physiology and the audiological evaluation process.

  • Prerequisitie: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

    Co-Requisite: HSL 817

HSL 817 - Anatomy & Physiology of the Auditory & Vestibular System (3)

Anatomy and physiology of the auditory, vestibular, and central auditory nervous systems, including phylogeny, and genetics of hearing and balance; mechanical and biophysical factors in afferent and efferent signal transduction.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 818 - Acoustic Phonetics (3)

Acoustic characteristics of speech sounds and their relation to articulatory physiology. Use of sound spectrograph. Clinical application of speech analysis.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 821 - Informational Counseling and Multicultural Issues (3)

The course is designed to help audiologists and speech-language pathologists work more effectively with their clients in addressing the biopsychosocial effects of hearing loss and other communication disorders. Students will learn about the impact of hearing loss and communication disorders on infants, children, adults, older adults, and significant others. Students will develop a interviewing and specific counseling skills to help clients address their hearing loss and communication-related needs. This course will serve to provide a theoretical framework, practical strategies and personal reflection for working and providing services with cultural and linguistic awareness, knowledge, competency and proficiency.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 824 - Aural Rehabilitation: Adults (3)

The focus of this course is on clinical competencies in aural rehabilitation of deaf, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing adults. Special emphasis is given to the clinical procedures used in the Gallaudet Hearing and Speech Center and AR competencies needed by both SLPs and AUDs to work with adults who acquire hearing loss across the lifespan.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 826 - Aural Rehabilitation:Pediatric (3)

The focus of this course is on clinical competencies in aural (re)habilitation of deaf, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing children and their families. Special emphasis is given to the clinical procedures used in the Gallaudet Hearing and Speech Center and AR competencies needed by both AUDs and SLPs to work with children with congenital and acquired hearing loss. The course has a strong interdisciplinary focus, considering ethnic and cultural issues in rehabilitation.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 834 - Diagnostic Audiology (4)

This course examines the principles of audiologic evaluation, including consideration of pure-tone and speech audiometry, clinical masking, acoustic immittance battery, and calibration and standards, behavioral site-of-lesion testing, OAEs, and various pathologies that affect auditory-vestibular systems.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only, or permission of the instructor or department chair.
    Co-requisites: HSL 815, HSL 817, and HSL 840
  • Course Fee: $125.00

HSL 835 - Vestibular Assessment and Management (3)

This course covers vestibular function, assessment, and management. A basic understanding of basic auditory diagnostics and peripheral vestibular anatomy is presupposed. Procedures and interpretation of videonystagmography will be covered in detail, in addition to introduction to various other vestibular evaluation and management techniques.

  • Prerequisite: HSL 817, HSL 834

HSL 840 - Introduction to Practicum (1)

Guided observations of a variety of audiologic activities and preliminary structured participation as aide in diagnostic evaluations under the guidance of clinical supervisors is provided for first year graduate majors. The experience allows the students to observe the preparations for, administration and to participate, with limited hands-on experience, in a variety of clinical experiences at Gallaudet University.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 841 - Clinical Practicum (Diagnostics Audiology) (2)

Clinical experience, encompassing the entire range of audiological procedures, including hearing aid selection, on the Gallaudet University campus.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 842 - Clinical Practicum ( Aural Rehabilitation) (1)

Supervised experience in all phases of communication therapy on the Gallaudet campus with clients who are deaf or hard of hearing. May include teaching speech-reading classes, conducting hearing aid orientations/communications strategies workshops or other rehabilitation activities.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 846 - Clinical Applications of Sign Communication I (1-2)

The focus of this course is upon applying the principles of sign communication in the field of clinical audiology. Students will develop and demonstrate proficient sign language skills while performing the following clinical procedures: client interviewing/case history, walk-in service, assessing client communication skills and abilities, audiologic test interpretation, and instructional techniques for communication therapy.

  • Prerequisite: Proficient in American Sign Language.

HSL 847 - Clinical Applications of Sign Communication II (1)

Continued focus upon the clinical application of principles of sign communication in the field of diagnostic audiology/aural rehabilitation. Emphasis will be placed on use of sign language for informal counseling of clients and instructional techniques for communication therapy.

  • Prerequisite: American Sign Language proficiency and HSL 846.

HSL 850 - Amplification I (3)

Study of amplification systems and hearing aids, including hearing aid design, electroacoustic characteristics and specifications, spectral shaping, earmold acoustics, candidacy issues, and fitting techniques.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 852 - Amplification II (3)

This course is designed to facilitate advanced application of knowledge and skills obtained in Amplification I. Topics covered include special clinical procedures, new technology, digital signal processing, implantable devices, and counseling techniques.

  • Prerequisite: HSL 850

HSL 855 - Communication Technology (3)

The study of auditory, visual, and vibrotactile receptive communication technologies designed to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals as well as other populations, at home, in the workplace, in educational settings, and for recreational purposes. Communication technologies include systems to facilitate (1) face-to-face communication, (2) the reception of media, (3) telephone reception, and (4) the awareness of environmental sounds. Emphasis will be placed on needs assessment, selection, and verivication process. Students also will examine the rights and responsibilities of their clients when using legal support (ADA and PL 6504) for the acquisition of receptive communication technologies. This course includes a hands-on experience in the Gallaudet Assistive Devices Demonstration Center.

  • Prerequisite: HSL 852.

HSL 858 - Cochlear Implants (3)

This course includes description of the various cochlear implants that have received FDA approval, discussion of candidacy issues, follow-up procedures including programming and habilitation, positive and negative outcomes with emphasis on research results. Controversies surrounding implantation of children will be included.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 861 - Pediatric and Educational Audiology (3)

The course covers various aspects of audiology as it relates to infants, children, and difficult-to-assess individuals. Topics include: case history/interviewing; parent counseling; normal and abnormal auditory development; review of normal motor, cognitive, language, and psycho-social development; identification audiometry; behavioral and electrophysiologic procedures; pure tone and speech audiometry; hearing aids and group amplification systems, audiologic counseling, and educational audiology. Ethnic and cultural differences are considered throughout the course.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 862 - Central Auditory Processing Disorders -- Evaluation and Remediation (3)

This course will provide knowledge of central auditory processing disorders and how they are assessed and managed in home, school, work, and therapeutic environments. Areas to be addressed include differential diagnosis, the collaborative model, counseling, and advocacy. The course will have an interdisciplinary focus.

  • Prerequisites: HSL 817 and HSL 834.

HSL 863 - Community and Industrial Audiology (2)

This course examines public school, community, industrial, and military hearing programs, including screening tests, noise control, and medical-legal problems associated with acoustic trauma and noise-induced hearing loss.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 866 - Electrophysiological Measures in Audiology (3)

Review of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems and relationship to other balance mechanisms. Discussion of disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems. Differential diagnostic procedures for the balance mechanism, including the electronystagmography (ENG) battery, dynamic platform posturography, rotation testing, and computerized assessment procedures; along with rehabilitation of individuals with balance disorders. Electrophysiological measures of audition, including Auditory Evoked Potentials such as auditory brainstem response (ABR) and middle and late potentials, otoacoustic emissions (OAE), electrocochleography (ECoG), electroneuronography (ENOG), and intraoperative monitoring.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 870 - Seminar in Medical Audiology (2)

Oto-audiologic and neurologic considerations in the differential diagnosis of auditory and vestibular disorders.

  • Prerequisite: HSL 835.

HSL 873 - Private Practice Development/Clinic Management (3)

Issues relating to establishing a private practice including clinical management, small business and accounting practices, models of private practice, referrals and reimbursement, managed care.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 875 - Professional Issues (1)

The study of issues of professional importance that have not been addressed in other courses. The important issues will be those that are current at the time the course is taught; content will change from year to year.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 880 - Internship in Audiology (2-6)

Advanced diagnostic and aural rehabilitation practicum in 1) a rehabilitation or medical facility and 2) school programs for deaf and hard of hearing students (day classes and residential).

  • Prerequisites: HSL 826, HSL 835, HSL 841 and HSL 842.

HSL 883 - Research Project in Audiology (1)

Students will develop a research proposal based upon a topic of the student's choice. Students will describe a problem area, develop a rationale for a study through the literature review, develop and explore a research hypothesis, and collect pilot data for the study. The course will be repeated until the research project is completed.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 890 - Externship (1-6)

This course provides students with full time experience, in hospital, private practice, clinical, educational, university, or other approved setting. The externship is to be completed under the supervision of audiologists holding current national certification and/or state licensure in audiology and approved by the department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 895 - Special Topics (1-3)

Grading System: letter grades or pass/fail at the option of the instructor.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.
 
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