American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Quick Facts

About ASHA

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 173,070 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

Members: 173,070+

President: Elizabeth S. McCrea

Chief Executive Officer: Arlene A. Pietranton

Headquarters: Rockville, Maryland

Founded: 1925

Designations: Honors, Fellow

Publications:

Annual Convention:

The annual ASHA Convention will take place in Orlando, Florida, November 20-22, 2014.

Speech & Language Disorders

Speech disorders occur when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with their voice. Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language) or sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings completely (expressive language).

Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems.

Quick Facts:

  • 40 million Americans have communication disorders, costing the U.S. approximately $154–186 billion annually (source)
  • By the first grade, roughly 5% of children have noticeable speech disorders (source)
  • 3 million+ Americans stutter (source)
  • 6–8 million Americans have some form of language impairment (source)
  • Approximately 1 million Americans suffer from aphasia (source)
  • The Centers for Disease Control estimate the lifetime costs for all people with hearing loss born in the year 2000 will total $2.1 billion. Most of these costs will come from lost wages due to inability or limited ability to work (source)


Hearing Loss & Disorders

Hearing loss is determined by three categories:

Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders, as well as providing audiologic treatment.

Quick Facts:

  • Approximately 31.5 million Americans have hearing loss (source)
  • According to an AARP/ASHA 2011 poll of AARP members, 47% of respondents reported having untreated hearing loss (source)
  • 1 in 5 Americans have hearing loss in at least 1 ear (source)
  • Approximately 26 million Americans, ages 20–69, have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises (source)

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