Speech, Language, and Hearing Researchers

About Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

Speech, language, and hearing research focuses on the normal functions of human communication, the processes underlying impaired function, and the development of new techniques for assessment and treatment. This research generates the evidence on which clinical practice is based.

Careers in Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

Speech, language, and hearing researchers:

  • explore trends in communication sciences;
  • ask questions and design studies to expand the knowledge base;
  • investigate the biological, physical, behavioral, and physiological processes of communication;
  • identify the impact of psychological, social, and environmental factors on the disability of people with  communication disorders;
  • develop evidence-based methods for diagnosing and treating individuals with speech, language, and hearing problems;
  • collaborate with related professionals, including engineers, physicians, dentists, psychologists, and educators.

Additionally, researchers may:

  • prepare future professionals and scientists in colleges and universities;
  • conduct research at or consult with universities, hospitals, government health agencies, and industries.

Employment Settings

Speech, language, and hearing researchers may work in a variety of settings—colleges and universities, research laboratories and institutes, state and federal government agencies, and/or private industry.

Salary Information

Salaries of speech, language, and hearing researchers vary widely depending on experience, employment setting, and geographical location.

Market Trends in Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

ASHA currently represents 191,500 audiologists, SLPs, and speech, language, and hearing researchers. There continues to be a need for more basic, applied, and translational research in the discipline. The profession continues to grow, and there is a need for scientists and college professors [PDF]—especially those from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Education Requirements

A research doctoral degree (e.g., PhD) is required to become a speech, language, and hearing researcher. Some researchers do not hold ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), because the credential is not required for research in a laboratory.

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