The Author

High-Res ImageMy name is Liz Marler and I’m currently a third-year student in the AuD program at Purdue University.

When I was a kid, I never imagined myself in a career where I spend so much time thinking about and talking about ears! However, I’ve realized that the field is absolutely perfect for me. Ears are absolutely critical for communication and relationship building, two things that I value very much in my everyday life. In addition to the hearing component, ears also help us stay upright and balanced as we navigate our daily routines. Hearing loss and balance disorders transcend background, socioeconomic status, education, ethnicity, and language spoken. This profession has given me the ability to serve all populations through evidence-based, individualized and best care.

How did I get into Audiology?

As a typical audiology student would proclaim, the journey into this profession started with a college major declaration of Communication Disorders. After my freshman year, I went to a summer job on Catalina Island at a scuba diving and marine biology camp. As a requirement of the scuba diver certification course, I was asked to learn the anatomy of the auditory system. It wasn’t the first time I had learned it but it was the first time I realized the importance of auditory health to each and every person. With the public health spirit, I entered into my doctorate of audiology at Purdue. And with the same spirit, I started this blog. Both acts with hope of spreading knowledge, information and awareness on general auditory health and preventable auditory injuries, whether caused by scuba diving or loud music.

What do I do for the profession?

Audiology is a profession with a lot of opportunity for leadership and research. For this reason, I have found great reward in involvement in local and national initiatives. Some of these include:

  • Volunteering with the national Student Academy of Audiology
    • President (2018-2019)
    • President-Elect (2017-2018)
    • SAA Conference Committee (2016-2017)


  • Establishment of and volunteering with the Purdue Student Academy of Audiology
    • President (2016-2017)
    • Establishment of the Pediatric Hearing Aid Assistance Fund at Purdue University


  • Participation in the Purdue University Speech Language and Hearing Sciences Advocacy Council

  • Contribution to the national research community:
    • Reliability and Repeatability of VEMPs in Children” (2017)
      • T35 Assistantship at Boys Town National Research Hospital
    • “Hidden Hearing Loss in College-age Musicians: Electrophysiologic Measures” (2016-2017)
    • “The Effect of Education on the Decision to Wear Ear Plugs”  (2015-2016)



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