About Special Interest Group 8, Audiology and Public Health


SIG 8 facilitates the highest level of knowledge of public health issues related to all audiology services and professional practice in the provision of care to the public.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to address public health issues related to all aspects of audiology through a transdisciplinary interprofessional collaborative practice (IPP) approach.


  • To create and maintain greater visibility and a higher profile for the area of audiology and public health within ASHA and allied fields.
  • To raise awareness and promote prevention as the surest means of reducing the individual and societal impact of hearing and balance disorders.
  • To serve as liaison with other professional organizations interested in public health.
  • To serve as the go-to resource within ASHA for audiology and public health issues and to provide subject matter expertise for media interviews as requested.
  • To disseminate timely information concerning research, clinical activities, meetings, and educational opportunities related to audiology and public health through the SIG 8 Online Community and SIG 8 Perspectives.

Focus Areas

  • Noise and hearing conservation
  • Education and outreach
  • Environmental studies and policy
  • Epidemiologic and sociologic considerations (e.g., aging)
  • Forensic audiology
  • Innovations in teleaudiology
  • Prevention and treatment of tinnitus
  • Access to care
  • Infection control
  • Public health issues related to audiology (e.g., cognitive decline, diabetes, and falls)

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is the SIG's online publication. SIG 8's continuously-built issue contributes 1 self-study CE activity a year.

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.


SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in public health issues related to hearing and balance:

  • SIG 8 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to public health issues related to hearing and balance.
  • SIG 8 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 8 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance 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

2015–2017 Coordinator: Christa Themann, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
2016–2017 Associate Coordinator: Vickie L. Tuten, U.S. Army
2015–2017 Perspectives Editor: Jeffery B. Larsen, Utah State University
2014–2016 Professional Development Manager: Tina Penman, Portland VA Center
2014–2016 Member-At-Large: Roberta Aungst, audiology consultant, Cape May, New Jersey
2016–2018 Member-At-Large: Richard Tyler, University of Iowa
Ex Officio: Pamela Mason, Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA

Editorial Review Committee

Jeffery B. Larsen, Editor
Pamela A. Mason, Ex Officio
Tina M. Penman, PDM

Professional Development Committee

Erin Mattingly, Professional Development Manager
Jean M Nisenboum, CE Content Manager
Ellen G Bernstein-Ellis
Karen Prescott Copeland
Anita S Halper
Jessica R Hooke
Susan T Jackson
Connie K Keintz
Kristina Ann Kelley
Karen A McLaughlin
Bryan M Ness
Deborah A Presutti-Petrone
Rebecca Ingram Rowe
Sarah C Stranberg
Cheryl M Stromberg
Megan A Weathers
Brenda M Wilson
Angela H Ciccia, Editor
Monica Sampson, Ex Officio 

Staff Liaison for Communications

Victoria Davis, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Robert C. Fifer, 2016–2018 Vice President for Audiology Practice
Sandra Laing Gillam, 2015–2017 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

ASHA Corporate Partners