About Special Interest Group 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood

Mission Statement

Special Interest Group 9 has as its main focus all areas related to childhood hearing. The mission is to provide a unified voice and advocacy for childhood hearing issues within ASHA. Other functions of the SIG are to permit interaction between members who share the same concerns; to provide for study sections within the SIG, with members of other SIGs, and with members of allied health groups; to provide a forum for demonstration and sharing of new technologies, research, clinical developments, and treatment outcomes; and to provide a vehicle for input into education and training issues related to hearing in childhood.

Study Topics

This Special Interest Group provides you with an opportunity for learning, communication, exchange of information and ideas and a unified voice within ASHA. Areas for study, discussion, and review include, but are not limited to:

  • Normal/abnormal auditory development
  • Nature and etiologies of hearing loss in children, including the study of syndromes and genetics
  • Prevention, identification, and diagnosis of hearing loss in infants and children, including high risk hearing screening programs
  • Medical management including middle-ear pathology and treatment
  • Outcomes measures
  • Educational management including aural habilitation, facilitation of speech, language and cognition, and educational methodologies and issues
  • Amplification including selection, evaluation and training for hearing aids, implantable aids, FM systems, cochlear implants, and assistive listening systems
  • Family and parenting issues in deaf education and Deaf culture

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood

Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, is the SIG's online publication. Perspectives is published two times annually, in March and September. SIG 9's Perspectives issues are offered for self-study to earn CEUs. Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood 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.


SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in hearing and hearing disorders in childhood:

  • SIG 9 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to hearing and hearing disorders in childhood.
  • SIG 9 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 9 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group on Childhood Hearing 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


Coordinator: Aparna Rao, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Associate Coordinator: Jeffrey L. Simmons, Boys Town National Research Hospital
Perspectives Editor: K. Todd Houston, The University of Akron
Professional Development Manager: Kristina M. Blaiser, Idaho State University
James Mahshie, George Washington University
Kathryn S. Wilson, Oberkotter Educational Endeavor
Ex Officio: Anne Oyler, Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

CE Content Manager: Kathy Beauchaine, Boys Town National Research Hospital
Perspectives Associate Editor: Karen G. Muñoz, Utah State University
Editorial Review Board

Professional Development Committee

  • Kristina M. Blaiser, Professional Development Manager
  • Kathryn L. Beauchaine, CE Content Manager
  • Sophie Ambrose
  • Nicole Burkhardt
  • Melissa Ferrello
  • Elizabeth Preston
  • Nanette Thompson
  • K. Todd Houston, Editor
  • Karen G. Muñoz, Associate Editor
  • Anne L. Oyler, Ex Officio

Staff Liaison for Communications

Frank Wisswell, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Donna Fisher Smiley, Vice President for Audiology Practice
Sandra Laing Gillam, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

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