Who Are Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists?

Who Are Audiologists and Speech‑Language Pathologists?

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists are professionals who serve people with communicative disorders.They specialize in normal and disordered human communication.They have completed training at the masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral level.They are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).They are licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

What Do Audiologists Do?

Audiologists specialize in the prevention, identification, and evaluation of hearing and balance disorders.Audiologists also provide habilitation/rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairment.Audiologists select, evaluate, and dispense hearing aids and other assistive listening devices, and instruct people in the use of these devices.Audiologists provide counseling to individuals with hearing disorders.

What Do Speech‑Language Pathologists Do?

Speech-Language Pathologists are specialists trained to evaluate, identify and remediate disorders of communication and swallowing.Speech-Language Pathologists work with people of all ages, from infants to elderly.Speech-Language Pathologists provide treatment to improve language, voice, stuttering, articulation, memory and swallowing. Communication and swallowing disorders may result from birth defects, stroke and other neurologic disorders, hearing impairment, learning disabilities, mental retardation, and trauma.