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The ASU Department of Speech and Hearing Science investigates the science of spoken human communication. PhD scholars are trained and equipped to make tomorrow’s discoveries in the science of speech, language and hearing. The department's clinical speech-language pathologists and clinical audiologists hope to treat the millions of people challenged with speech, language, and hearing disorders and diseases through their vibrant undergraduate program, well-equipped clinics and strong community partnerships.
The department also administers the American Sign Language (ASL) program at the university, and a study abroad project that offers support for communities overseas: Hearing for Humanity. In keeping with this global mission, each year since 2010, a team of audiologists and Doctor of Audiology students travel to sub-Saharan Africa to provide hearing health care services, from diagnostic testing to fitting of hearing aids, as well as clinical training.