Dr. Jo Ann Wood
How did you decide to major in Audiology?
Personal experiences brought me to the study of audiology. My husband is hearing impaired and my youngest daughter was born deaf. Our experiences inspired me to help others in similar situations. As a parent, I wanted to be able to reach out to other parents and be able to offer them support and counsel as they navigated the system. I also wanted to reach others in the community to advocate for the hearing impaired.
What opportunities did you take advantage of at Hofstra?
I was placed in several internships in a variety of settings that gave me broad based experience. Also, the on campus Joan and Arnold Saltzman Center clinical director, at the time, was a great mentor for me. Being able to have a rich experience right on campus was wonderful. I felt very prepared going into the workforce because of the strong internships I participated in.
Did you encounter any inspiring faculty at Hofstra?
I immediately felt welcomed, like part of something bigger. The professors were knowledgeable and helpful. I felt like this was where I was meant to be. All the program faculty were supportive and gave me opportunities to speak about my daughter and her experiences wearing hearing aids for three years and later receiving bilateral cochlear implants. My interactions at Hofstra both while in graduate school and as an invited guest lecturer later on, have helped me advance my career. After receiving my master’s degree at Hofstra, I went on to pursue my doctorate in Audiology. Currently, I have a private practice and teach aural rehabilitation at the undergraduate level.
What advice would you give to others considering the Speech-Language-Hearing Programs at Hofstra?
As a student returning to college after being out of school for several years, I felt comfortable entering into the program and was respected among my peers and professors. I never felt out of place. I had three young children at the time and received a lot of support from my family as well. I feel we achieved this goal together.
I would encourage anyone to follow their dreams and never set limits on their own potential.