Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
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
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For information on early intervention, please refer to: Infants, Children, and Youth
American Academy of Audiology
American Hearing Research Foundation
American Speech Language Hearing Association
American Tinnitus Association
Hearing Health Foundation
National Center on Hearing Assessment and Management
National Coalition on Auditory Processing Disorders
National Institute on Health and Other Communication Disorders