About Special Interest Group 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood
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.
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, published by ASHA with HighWire Press. 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
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.
- 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.
Coordinator: Tamala Bradham, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
Associate Coordinator: Melody Harrison, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
Perspectives Editor: Aneesha Pretto, Auditory-Verbal Center
Velvet Buehler, University of Tennessee
Douglas Sladen, Mayo Clinic
Ex Officio: Anne Oyler, Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA
Additional SIG Volunteers
CE Content Manager: Kathy Beauchaine, Boys Town National Research Hospital
Editorial Review Board
Staff Liaison for Communications
Frank Wisswell, Editorial Assistant, ASHA
Donna Fisher Smiley, Vice President for Audiology Practice
Gail J. Richard, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice