American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Know the Facts...ASHA Supports the Profession of Audiology

The numbers tell the story…

  • More audiologists affiliate with ASHA than with any other professional organization.
  • In 2013, nearly 14,000 CCC-A audiologists affiliated with ASHA.
  • The retention rate for certified audiology members has remained above 95% for the past decade.
  • 494 AuD degrees were awarded in AY 2011–2012 (based on 91% of AuD programs reporting).
  • 465 audiologists were awarded their CCC-A in calendar year 2012. (Applicants have three years from the time of graduation to apply for ASHA certification.)

Audiology has significant representation in ASHA's governance.

  • The Audiology Advisory Council comprises 54 ASHA members (equivalent in number to its speech-language pathology counterpart) who are certified audiologists or hearing scientists.
  • Audiology has equal representation in the practice-specific areas of the ASHA Board of Directors.

ASHA advocates for audiology professional services.

Association volunteer leaders and ASHA National Office staff

  • represent and advocate for the interests of the audiology profession before federal regulators and legislators;
  • work with public and private payers for reimbursement for audiology services;
  • advocate for coverage of diagnostic, rehabilitative, and monitoring services provided by audiologists as part of a comprehensive Medicare benefit;
  • represent audiology before the American Medical Association and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for billing and coding issues to ensure adequate reimbursement rates for audiology services.

ASHA and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation support audiology science and research.

  • ASHA offers four peer-reviewed journals. The American Journal of Audiology and the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research feature many articles of interest to audiologists.
  • ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP) has guided ASHA's commitment toward evidence-based practice.
  • ASHA's new online Practice Portal combines evidence, expert opinion, and a wealth of resources to inform evidence-based clinical practice.
  • ASHA actively promotes research funding through its support of the ASHFoundation, which funds eight science-related programs.

ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) signifies quality.

  • First established in 1952, the Certificate of Clinical Competence is nationally recognized by state licensure boards, employers, and consumers.
  • The audiologists who maintain their certification have committed to ongoing continuing education and strong professional ethics.
  • ASHA certification allows audiologists to easily transfer their licensure from one state to another.

ASHA is a leader in establishing and enforcing ethical standards for the professions.

  • The ASHA Board of Ethics adjudicates an average of five audiology complaints per year, leading to public sanctions, such as revocation, censure, and reprimand.
  • The 16-member Board comprises at least six audiologists, six speech-language pathologists, and one public member. Four of the 16 Board members serve on the Ethics Education Subcommittee.

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is committed to high academic standards for audiology training programs.

  • All 74 existing audiology entry-level clinical doctoral education programs are accredited or hold candidate status by the CAA.
  • To be CAA accredited, programs must agree to meet current academic and clinical standards and agree to be monitored and evaluated through periodic site visits.
  • Seven audiologists serve on the CAA (five academics and two practitioners).
  • The CAA accreditation site visitor pool includes 30 audiologists (12 academics and 18 practitioners).
  • CAA is the only accrediting agency for graduate education programs in audiology that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education (since 1967).
  • Since 1964, CAA has been continuously recognized as an accrediting agency for graduate education programs in audiology by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and its predecessors.

ASHA helps audiologists enhance their professional practice through high quality professional consultation and professional development.

  • Over 8,000 audiologists contact ASHA each year with questions related to professional ethics, scope of practice, practice management, patient education, and advocacy.
  • The ASHA National Office has a staff of 275, including 10 ASHA-certified audiologists.
  • Of the 162,000 calls and e-mails ASHA received last year, 8,100 were audiology related. That is 675 calls and e-mails each month from professionals and consumers.
  • Every October, ASHA offers the largest annual online educational conference for audiologists—providing a convenient, affordable way for audiologists to earn continuing education credits.
  • There are 540 ASHA Approved CE Providers throughout the country.
  • In 2013, there were 6,500+ opportunities to earn ASHA CEUs for audiology-specific courses.

ASHA is committed to seeking opportunities to engage and unite audiologists.

Here are some examples of ASHA's efforts on this front:

  • In October 2012, 66 members, including 27 audiologists, attended the Changing Health Care Landscape Summit hosted by ASHA.
  • In February 2012, ASHA—along with the American Academy of Audiology, Academy of Doctors of Audiology, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), and International Hearing Society—issued a Joint Statement on Consumer-Administered Hearing Tests and Direct-to-Consumer Hearing Aid Sales.
  • In 2012, ASHA collaborated with AARP on a National Poll of AARP Members' Hearing Health, which outlined the state of hearing among the 50+ generation.
  • ASHA has agreements with the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Educational Audiology Association, and National Hearing Conservation Association that provide reciprocal benefits in the areas of advocacy, exhibiting, and promotion.
  • In 2010, ASHA engaged all audiology organizations to respond to the American Medical Association scope of practice statement.
  • In 2009, ASHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) met to discuss the need for a national database of pediatric audiology facilities; thus, the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention–Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI–PALS) Directory was born.
  • Since January 2009, the ASHA Health Care Economics Committee (HCEC) has coordinated monthly conference calls with representatives of other audiology organizations.
  • In December 2008, ASHA convened 10 audiology organizations at its National Office to begin the development of quality measures for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Weekly online meetings were hosted by ASHA for 2 years. This collaboration was enthusiastically named the Audiology Quality Consortium.
  • In 1969, ASHA, AAO-HNS, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) became the founding members of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH).

ASHA and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation support audiology students.

  • In the past 6 years, the ASHFoundation has awarded a total of $729,000 to audiologists and audiology students.
  • Since 2008, more than 101 audiology students have received the Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award (ARTA), supporting their travel to the ASHA Convention.
  • EdFind, ASHA's online search engine, helps prospective students find detailed information on all 74 audiology graduate programs.
  • A National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) member represents audiology students on ASHA's Audiology Advisory Council. NSSLHA advises ASHA's Board of Directors regarding policy and emerging issues in the field of audiology, and NSSLHA's National Advisor serves on ASHA's Board.
  • A NSSLHA AuD student serves on ASHA's Council for Clinical Certification.
  • AuD students who have national membership in NSSLHA during both the third and fourth years of their programs are able to take advantage of a $225 savings on the initial dues and fees for ASHA membership and certification.
  • NSSLHA now offers a 1-year introductory membership for first- or second-year AuD students. This offer makes it possible for audiology students to experience the benefits of national membership for half the price.

ASHA actively promotes public awareness of hearing health issues.

  • ASHA's Identify the Signs campaign reached more than 140 million consumers.
  • ASHA's Listen To Your Buds campaign has reached media audiences in the hundreds of millions using audiologists all around the country as media sources.
  • ASHA's public information efforts reach millions of consumers each year, and almost a third of the visitors to ASHA's website are from the public.

Interesting Facts About ASHA's History

  • ASHA has represented audiologists for over 80 years.
  • The Association was founded in 1925.
  • The ASHA Code of Ethics was first introduced in 1935.
  • Past ASHA President Raymond Carhart was the first to use the term audiology back in 1945.
  • "Hearing" was added to the Association's name in 1947.
  • Certification standards were established in 1952.

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