This research guide will:
* Help you locate resources for Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.
* Provide links to authoritative library databases.
"Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, a cleft palate, cerebral palsy, or emotional problems.
Speech-language pathologists work with patients who have problems with speech. Their patients may be unable to speak at all or they may speak with difficulty or have rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering. They may work with those who are unable to understand language or with people who have voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or a harsh voice."
[Excerpts taken from Occupational Outlook Handbook]
"Audiologists diagnose and treat a patient’s hearing and balance problems using advanced technology and procedures."
"Audiologists typically do the following:
- Examine patients who have hearing, balance, or related ear problems
- Assess the results of the examination and diagnose problems
- Determine and administer treatment
- Administer relief procedures for various forms of vertigo
- Fit and dispense hearing aids
- Counsel patients and their families on ways to listen and communicate, such as by lip reading or through American Sign Language
- See patients regularly to check on hearing and balance and to continue or change the treatment plan
- Keep records on the progress of patients
- Conduct research related to the causes and treatment of hearing and balance disorders"
[Excerpt taken from Occupational Outlook Handbook]
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