- The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans is home to the first approved Au.D. program in Louisiana.
- The audiology doctorate program is part of the Department of Communication Disorders. The department is housed within the School of Allied Health.
- The Au.D. Program is a four year program that includes an externship year.
- The on-site clinic along with other off-site audiology clinics and practices, provides diverse a wide variety of clinical experiences.
- The facility is located in one of the most exciting cities in the U.S., and is in the heart of the medical district.
- The faculty is comprised of an outstanding strong group of audiology clinicians and clinician-investigators with areas of expertise covering a wide variety of topics in the scope of practice of audiology.
- The first cohort of Doctor of Audiology students completed their degree in May, 2008.
- Being part of a major medical center situated in a large metropolitan area offers students unique opportunities and exposure to a wide variety of patients and procedures.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment of audiologists is projected to grow 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hearing loss increases as people age, so the aging population is likely to increase demand for audiologists. The early identification and diagnosis of hearing disorders in infants also may spur employment growth. Advances in hearing aid design, such as smaller size and the reduction of feedback, may make such devices more appealing as a means to minimize the effects of hearing loss. This may lead to more demand for audiologists.”