About Audiology


Audiology is a rapidly growing health profession that manages issues effecting hearing and balance. As an audiologist, you'll assess, treat and rehabilitate patients with hearing loss, as well as provide hearing screening and testing. You'll also work with those with dizziness and balance issues. Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. Audiologists need to understand existing and emerging technologies as well as interpersonal skills.

Audiologists typically have a Doctor of Audiology degree, Au.D. and may pursue certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Audiologists work in physician's offices, hospitals, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centers, colleges and universities, rehabilitation centers, long-term and residential health care facilities.

Those who have a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and do not pursue an Au.D., may find rewarding careers working in patient and community outreach, career counseling, patient advocacy, product development and more.

Program Feedback

We welcome your suggestions on how we can improve our program. Please feel free to talk with the involved faculty and staff or contact the chair of the Allied Health and Communicative Disorders at 815-753-1484 if you have any issues.

Complaints can also be submitted in writing to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:

Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #310
Rockville, Maryland 20850


The doctor of audiology (Au.D.) educational program in audiology (residential) at Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Tuition News

NIU has recently eliminated the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate for both undergraduate and graduate students, making it financially easier for you to take advantage of our excellent programs.

Accelerated Doctor of Audiology Program

NIU will be moving exclusively to a three-year Doctor of Audiology program beginning in summer 2023. The four-year Doctor of Audiology program is no longer an option for newly admitted students. The last cohort of the four-year program began in fall 2022.

The three-year program is an accelerated version of the curriculum which consists of two full years of academic coursework and integrated clinical experiences followed by an external clinical practicum year.