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Release: Jan. 3, 2002

UI faculty, students take part in audiology program in China

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- There are approximately 26 million people in China with some degree of hearing loss, while there are fewer than 25 audiologists, according to 1995 census figures. This January, a University of Iowa professor will participate in the first graduate program in audiology in China.

Ruth Bentler, Ph.D., associate professor in the UI Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, will teach a course on the use of hearing aids in the "Audiology in China" study abroad program. She will take graduate students Jill Huseman and Melanie Buhr and undergraduates
Jennifer Reside and Andrea Marlowe with her to China.

The "Audiology in China" program provides an opportunity for students in the field of speech and hearing to observe and participate in the emergence of the field in China. A partnership between Dalhousie University and West China University of Medical Sciences has been established to provide audiology training to China. UI students will have the opportunity to study alongside the Chinese students enrolled in the program.

The course consists of lectures as well as observation and clinical practicum experiences in several hospital settings. Topics include acoustics of sound, hearing science, hearing aids and child and adult aural rehabilitation. Each student will earn two semester hours of credit, as well as supervised clinic clock hours or observation hours.