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Doctoral Degree Required Courses

SPAA 562 - Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing.

Overview of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a concentration on neurological mechanisms related to speech, language and hearing.

SPAA 648 - Hearing Anatomy, Physiology, and Disorders.

Graduate level study of the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism and of conductive, sensorineural, and central hearing disorders.

SPAA 655 - Diagnostic Audiology.

Standard audiological testing and interpretation. Masking. Speech audiometry. Functional disorders: symptoms and diagnostic procedures. Immittance testing and interpretation.

SPAA 656 - Speech Perception and Hearing Aids.

Hearing loss and speech perception as related to amplification. Overview of hearing aids.

SPAA 657 - Advanced Diagnostic Audiology.

Site-of-lesion tests other than immittance, evoked potentials, and electronystagmography. Central auditory processing disorders: nature, diagnosis, and management.

SPAA 660 - Otoacoustic Emissions.

Nature, use, administration, and interpretation of otoacoustic emissions. Relationships of otoacoustic emissions to other diagnostic procedures. 

SPAA 650 - Pediatric Audiology.

Topics specific to the nature and management of auditory problems in children. Development of the auditory system. Genetics of hearing loss. Syndromes associated with hearing loss. Educational audiology.

SPAA 651 - Auditory Problems and Management in Adults.

Topics specific to the nature and management of auditory problems in adults. Tinnitus, cerumen management, assisting devices, adult and aural rehabilitation and hearing aid orientation, self assessment scales, consumer groups and advocacy. 

SPAA 601 - Introduction to Research in Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Orientation to research in speech-langauge pathology and audiology. Develops the abilities to read, evaluate, apply, and conduct research. Includes research writing style, critical reading, literature searches, research design, basic statistics, and computer applications.

SPAA 654 - Evoked Potential Testing.

Nature, use, administration, and interpretation of evoked potentials. Relationship of evoked potentials to other diagnostic procedures. 

SPAA 766 - Hearing Aids 2.

Advanced course on hearing aids, including middle ear implants.

SNLNG 551 - American Sign Language 1.

Introduction to sign language systems including fingerspelling and American Sign Language (ASL). Development of receptive and expressive skills in sign language is emphasized.

SPAA 653 - Balance Function and Assessment.

Anatomy and physiology of balance. Assessment of balance function through electronystagmography, evoked potentials, and other available measures. Diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders as related to the audiology scope of practice.

SPAA 658 - Private Practice and Related Professional Issues.

Consideration of issues related to private practice audiology. Includes information on how the history of audiology and hearing aid dispensing has affected the profession. Other professional issues, such as certification and licensing, will be discussed.

SPAA 661 - Cochlear Implants.

Cochlear implants, including candidacy, devices, speech perception and production, aural rehabilitation, and educational implications. Includes brainstem implants.

SPAA 663 - Counseling Issues in Audiologic Practice.

Counseling issues related to the practice of audiology. 

SPAA 664 - History and Issues of the Profession of Audiology.

History of the profession of audiology. Past, present, and future issues facing the profession.

SPAA 652 - Psychoacoustics, Instrumentation, and Calibration.

Psychoacoustics and acoustic phonetics. Calibration of audiologic equipment. .

SPAA 659 - Industrial and Other Audiologic Settings.

Audiologic practice in industrial and other settings.

SPAA 771 - Clinical Project in Audiology.

Capstone clinical project on an approved audiologic topic.

SPAA 680:  Genetics of Communication Disorders

Current issues in the genetics of communication disorders.  Introduction to cytogenetics, mutation and chromosomal aberrations, traditional and nontraditional inheritance, development, pedigree analysis, genetic testing, genetic counseling, ethical considerations, and the latest on clinical characteristics and molecular genetics of syndromic and non-syndromic communication disorders.

SPAA 662 - Pharmacology for Audiologists.

Pharmacology as related to the practice of audiology, including ototoxic agents and interdrug reactions. .

SPAA 793 - Audiology Externship.

Full-time, 12-month externship in an approved audiologic facility under the joint supervision of the university audiology faculty and the externship site professional staff. Externship may be completed at one or more sites. Taken for three consecutive semesters.

SPAA 770 - Grand Rounds in Audiology.

An in-depth review and analysis of a variety of clinical cases and topics related to the professional practice of audiology.

SPAA 749 - Audiology Practicum.

Supervised clinical practicum in audiology on and off campus. Experience in a variety of diagnostic and rehabilitative procedures.

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Arts and Communications Building, Room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8161
Fax: 765-285-5623