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1st Apr, 2009 | Source : American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

Communication is our most human characteristic. What would you do if you no longer had a way to communicate with your family and friends, your neighbors or colleagues? The nearly forty-six million Americans - one in every six - with speech, language, or hearing impairments rely on audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists to help them improve their quality of life by improving their ability to communicate.

The field of Communication Sciences and Disorders includes three career choices - audiology, the study and treatment of hearing and balance disorders; speech-language pathology, the study and treatment of human communication and its disorders, and speech, language, and hearing science involving research into the normal functions of human communication, the processes underlying impaired function, and the development of new techniques for assessment and treatment.

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