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Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

ODHH Audiology and Speech Language Resources

Audiology is the study and diagnosis of hearing, balance, and related disorders. Audiologists working in this field help treat hearing loss and attempt to preemptively prevent related damage by evaluating patients, administering hearing tests, as well as prescribing and dispensing hearing aids and other hearing assistance technologies such as cochlear implants. Audiologists can also help with hearing rehabilitation training for those diagnosed with a hearing loss by assisting with auditory training, speech reading, and listening skills improvement.

Speech – language pathology, also known as speech therapy, specializes in evaluating and treating those with speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency disorders. Speech therapists often work with other professionals to help assist individuals, such as teachers, physicians, audiologists, families, social workers, and psychologists. Speech – language pathologists often help with stuttering, voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice, and issues related to producing speech sounds.

To best determine your needs, please contact an audiologist or speech-language pathologist.

For information on early intervention, please refer to:


Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources

Directories

Virtual Directory NEW!

Policies & Resource Guides

Resource Guide: Insurance and Financial Assistance on Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants, and Audiology Services
Resource Guide: Assistive Technology


Community Resources

Local
American Speech Language Hearing Association
Healthy Hearing
Maryland Hearing Aid Loan Bank (State of Maryland)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Out of State

American Academy of Audiology
American Hearing Research Foundation
American Tinnitus Association
Consumer Affairs: Hearing Aids Comparison
Hearing Health Foundation
Listen Foundation
National Center on Hearing Assessment and Management 
National Coalition on Auditory Processing Disorders