The difference between hearing and understanding

Wayne State Educational Partnership

At Hearing Rehabilitation Center, we understand the importance of hands-on experience and training in the field of audiology. Every semester, we welcome students from the Wayne State University Doctor of Audiology program to come to our offices and work directly with our staff.

This opportunity allows the students to apply what they’ve studied in a clinical setting, to exercise their abilities of critical thinking and clinical problem solving, and to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in their careers.

The program’s objective is to expose students to clinical strategies and methods that differ from those taught in the university clinic or classroom, utilizing the methods of the supervising clinical instructor. Some of the hands-on applications include:

  • Properly obtain a case history.
  • Effectively interacting with patients, families as well as other professionals.
  • Perform an otoscopic examination.
  • Interpret results of the evaluation to establish type and severity of disorder.
  • Perform audiologic assessment using physiologic, psychophysical, and self-assessment measures.
  • Perform hearing aid, assistive listening device, and sensory aid assessment.

The partnership between Hearing Rehabilitation and the Wayne State Au.D. Program has been successful in helping future audiologists by providing extensive practicum experiences. We are happy to be able to offer this opportunity and look forward to continuing our relationship.

About The Program

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program at Wayne State University is a 4-year, 11-semester graduate program that prepares students for the independent practice of the profession of audiology. Students in the program are exposed to all aspects of hearing and balance diagnosis and treatment. The program consists of both classroom and clinical teaching. In an affiliation unique to audiology education models, clinical education is managed by audiologists at the Henry Ford Health System. Clinical education begins in the first semester with a year-long experience at the Wayne State University Audiology Clinic, staffed by Henry Ford audiologists. During the second year students spend 20-hours per week at the Henry Ford Health System, from which they emerge with the essential skills necessary for audiology practice. During the third year, students participate in 20-hours per week in external clinical experiences with clinical educators in various specialities. These dedicated and experienced clinical educators train students with invaluable real-world opportunities. The fourth year of the program is dedicated to an immersive year-long, full-time clinical training experience.