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What is a Doctor of Audiology?

A Doctor of Audiology is a licensed health care professional specializing in the diagnosis
and treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. The Doctor of Audiology degree (Au.D.) is a postgraduate university degree awarded in preparation for specialty professional practice. It is not a medical degree (M.D.) or an academic degree (Ph.D.)

Most audiologists earn a Bachelor of Science degree (4-year undergraduate degree) in communication science or communication disorders first. The doctorate of audiology program consists of an additional four years of study with an emphasis on practical clinical training.

A licensed audiologist in Pennsylvania must hold a graduate degree in audiology from an accredited university, complete over three hundred hours of clinical practicum followed by a one-year full-time supervised internship, and pass an examination. The audiologist must complete a specified number of hours of continuing education each year to maintain licensed status.

If you or a family member have difficulty hearing or balancing, please call the Center for Audiology Services to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors of audiology. Our experienced professionals continue to provide expert advice, extraordinary technology, and excellent service to the Lehigh Valley community.