American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA Announces Passy-Muir As Latest Corporate Partner

(Rockville, MD - May 19, 2011)  

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Passy-Muir Inc. recently announced an exciting corporate partnership. The new corporate partnership provides Passy-Muir with a closer connection to ASHA members working with ventilator-dependent patients. The alliance will help illuminate the communication and swallowing issues related to tracheotomy, a routine surgical procedure performed approximately 100,000 times annually in our nation's intensive care units.

Passy-Muir is the nation's leading manufacturer and distributor of communication prosthetic devices for tracheostomized patients, many of whom are served by ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists in various health care settings.

As part of the corporate sponsorship, Passy-Muir will also be a sponsor of the 2011 ASHA Convention this November in San Diego, CA.

"We are always looking for unique and creative ways to enhance our members' knowledge and understanding about advancements in tracheotomies and swallowing," ASHA President Paul R. Rao, PhD, CCC-SLP, says. "We are appreciative of the generous offer Passy-Muir Inc. has provided, and we look forward to the important information and updates that Passy-Muir will provide to our members in the form of education and new products in the area of communication and swallowing."

"We know that speech-language pathologists are the primary advocates for the communication and swallowing needs of patients," according to Julie Kobak, MA, CCC-SLP, Vice President of Clinical Education for Passy-Muir. "We share with ASHA a common vision to make communication a basic human right, accessible for all. Because of this shared vision, we feel this is a perfect partnership and are excited about supporting ASHA and its members." 

About Passy-Muir, Inc.

Founded in 1985, Passy-Muir is the leading manufacturer and distributor of communication prosthetic devices for tracheostomized and ventilator-dependent patients, including the Passy-Muir® Tracheostomy and Ventilator Swallowing and Speaking Valve, the only patented bias closed-position "no leak" valve designed to fit adult and pediatric tracheostomy tubes. Invented by David Muir, a 23-year-old quadriplegic patient with muscular dystrophy, the Passy-Muir Valve provides clear, uninterrupted speech and numerous additional clinical benefits such as improved swallowing. To learn more about the Passy-Muir Valve and clinical education opportunities, please visit www.passy-muir.com.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 145,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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