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ABSTRACT White, Carla M. Audiologists’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Hearing Loss. Unpublished Doctor of Audiology capstone research project, University of Northern Colorado, 2020. Patients diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have a moderate to high risk of developing a sensorineural hearing loss. The purpose of this study was to identify the knowledge, the degree of confidence, and the clinical practices of audiologists and graduate students when providing audiological care to this population. An opportunity for the respondents to share clinical experiences and knowledge was also provided. A sample of 77 respondents, 24 licensed audiologists and 53 graduate students, represented that audiologists are generally aware of the disease and that SLE can cause sensorineural hearing loss. Graduate students were more likely to learn about SLE from personal relationships, while licensed audiologists first learned of SLE from another health care professional. Outcomes also revealed that additional resources, such as a clinical protocol and a list of SLE support groups, are needed and have been requested by both respondent groups. Both licensed audiologists and graduate students are knowledgeable with SLE but are currently interested in clinical resources. There is an opportunity for additional research to create a more formal and finite protocol to be utilized when an audiologist sees a patient with SLE. Further research should identify the appropriate actions an audiologist must complete in order to ensure that sufficient long-term audiologic care can be provided to patients diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus.