Recent publications from government and private sources indicate that the field of speech-language pathology and audiology continues to show a positive pattern of growth in employment for state licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. The need for well-trained practitioners shows no sign of diminishing within New York state or nationwide.
The majority of audiologists and speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, community clinics, and school systems. In addition, many professionals seek and find employment in institutions for the deaf and hearing impaired or for the mentally and developmentally disabled. Some trained individuals also are employed in universities, industry, governmental agencies, private practice, or group practice working with physicians and other specialists.
Audiology is the study of normal hearing and hearing disorders. Audiologists are health-care professionals who evaluate and provide rehabilitation for individuals with hearing and balance problems. Audiologists work in a variety of settings including community and private hospitals, private practices, physician’s offices, schools for the deaf, and university clinics, or with other professionals in the health-care and educational systems. To meet the demanding needs of the audiology profession, the University at Buffalo offers an academic and clinical training program leading to the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree.
The goal of the audiology program at UB is to prepare highly skilled professionals with the depth of knowledge and experience that will qualify them for clinical practice in any work setting. Our program is built on a solid foundation of both basic and clinical science that prepares students for clinical training in a broad range of areas, including basic diagnostic assessment, electrophysiological testing, vestibular and balance testing, central auditory processing evaluation, amplification, cochlear implants, aural rehabilitation, and counseling individuals and their families with hearing impairment.
The study of speech disorders at UB emphasizes the anatomical and physiological mechanisms that control speech sound production. Study is directed towards numerous areas of speech and voice deficits, such as articulation disorders, cleft palate, stuttering, laryngectomy, as well as typical speech development and production. The cause and effects of speech disorders are studied from a diagnostic point of view with an eye toward effective therapy. Emphasis is placed on remediation techniques.
The study of language disorders at UB emphasizes linguistic processes and the nature of disorders that interfere with typical development of language in children and result in a breakdown in expressive and/or receptive language. In addition, this area also examines the breakdown in language and communication that often accompanies cerebral palsy, aphasia, neurological damage, Parkinson’s disease, hearing loss, or autism. Language disorders encompasses disorders that may involve phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, or pragmatics. Emphasis is placed on formal and informal language analyses and the techniques and therapies used to rehabilitate or aid children and adults experiencing communicative challenges.
The University at Buffalo offers both clinical and academic programs for the Masters of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in speech-language pathology.