For most of us, hearing and speaking are such commonplace activities we forget to even think about them. But this isn't the case for everyone - there are children who fail to start speaking after developmental benchmarks say they should and adults with severe illnesses who have been rendered incapable of speaking. People who become audiology or speech-language pathology majors can help these individuals.
An audiology/audiologist and speech-language pathology/pathologist major includes courses such as speech pathology, audiology, language acquisition, and communication disorder studies to equip you to handle a variety of patients and their conditions after graduation.
So how does a speech-language pathologist or audiologist spent his or her days? You'll be diagnosing patients by communicating with them to assess their language difficulties, administering standardized reading and vocalizing tasks to them to determine the level of speech problem, and then identifying and implementing a treatment plan for them.
If you become an audiologist, you'll be using various devices such as audiometers and computers to test the hearing ability of patients. After identifying the extent of hearing damage a patient has and detecting its cause, you'll identify a treatment program that could include a hearing aid fitting, medication, or speech therapy.