American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

About Special Interest Group 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation Special Interest Group is to facilitate the ability to minimize or prevent, across the life span, the limitations and restrictions that auditory dysfunctions can impose on well-being, and on communicative, interpersonal, psychosocial, educational, and vocational functioning. This is accomplished by (a) providing a forum for professionals who have an interest in audiologic/aural rehabilitation to exchange and discuss current research and practice information, (b) providing professional development opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills, (c) promoting practices and policies related to the provision of effective interventions and use of hearing aids, cochlear implants, implantable devices, and other hearing assistive technologies, and (d) promoting research related to audiologic/aural rehabilitation.

Goals

To meet its mission, the SIG will strive to attain the following goals:

  1. Advocacy within ASHA wherein we advise and make recommendations about policies, procedures and guidelines relating to aural rehabilitation and sensory aids to the Board of Directors and Advisory Councils of the Association
  2. Promotion of federal and state policies regarding reimbursement services for aural rehabilitation and sensory aids for consumers with hearing impairment and deafness
  3. Dissemination of information and conduct of public awareness activities to consumers and healthcare professionals, including physicians, which highlight the contribution speech-language pathologists and audiologists make to the health and well-being of hearing-impaired and deaf children, adults and their families
  4. Recognition of research needs and provision of a forum for exchanging ideas and information in order to improve coordination of efforts among clinical scientists
  5. Establishment of study sections for affiliates within or among SIGs who share more focused topical area of interests relating to aural rehabilitation and sensory aids including: cochlear implants, tinnitus management, dizziness rehabilitation, developing speech production and reception strategies within children with hearing-impairment and deafness, language development of hearing-impaired and deaf children, communication and psychosocial problems unique to the hearing-impaired elderly, proposal curriculum guidelines in aural rehabilitation for professional degree programs including masters level training and the professional doctorate
  6. Plan and conduct continuing education activities for affiliate members as well as other segments of the Association

Visions

It is our hope to implement our mission and goals by:

  1. Coordinating activities and directions with related professional organizations with overlapping concerns including but not limited to: American Academy of Audiology, Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, Academy of Dispensing Audiologists, American Auditory Society
  2. Interfacing with consumer groups including Self-Help for the Hearing Impaired, Alexander Graham Bell, and Consumer Organization for the Hearing Impaired (COHI)
  3. Collaborating with other health care professional groups in meeting the needs of the hearing-impaired including the American Medical Association, American Geriatrics Society, Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, and the Academy of Pediatrics
  4. Communicating with agencies within the National Institutes of Health including National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to enhance mutual research and research training missions
  5. Working closely with the Congressional Action Committee to promote legislation designed to meet the needs of consumers with hearing impairments and providers of professional services

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation

Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation is the SIG's online publication. Perspectives is published two times annually, in May and October. SIG 7's Perspectives issues are offered for self-study to earn CEUs. Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation features:

  • News of SIG activities
  • The latest on research and clinical topics
  • Coverage of current professional, practice, and legislative and regulatory issues

Online Chats

SIGs sponsor live online chats. These events feature topic experts who answer questions from the audience. All ASHA and NSSLHA members may attend. Live online chats are not eligible for CEUs. Archived chats can be accessed online.

Continuing Education

  • The SIG sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education credit by completing self-study questions related to those articles. SIG affiliates may complete the self-study for a $5 processing fee.
  • Short Course: SIG affiliates are eligible for a 50% discount on select Short Courses at the ASHA Convention.

Networking

SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in aural rehabilitation and its instrumentation:

  • SIG 7 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to aural rehabilitation and its instrumentation.
  • SIG 7 holds an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 7 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
  • The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
  • Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.

Coordinating Committee

Members

SIG Coordinator: Kathleen Cienkowski, University of Connecticut
Associate Coordinator: Deborah Culbertson, East Carolina University
Perspectives
Editor:
Sue Ann Erdman, ARCCS
Sarah Hargus Ferguson, University of Utah
Deborah Culbertson, East Carolina University
Ex Officio:
Paul Farrell, Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

Perspectives Associate Editor: Carole E. Johnson
CE Content Manager: Pamela L. Jackson, Northern Illinois University
Editorial Review Board

Staff Liaison for Communications

Frank Wisswell, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Donna Fisher Smiley, Vice President for Audiology Practice
Gail J. Richard, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

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