WRITER: LENA BAKER
CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Jan. 3, 2002
UI faculty, students take part in audiology program in China
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.