November 1, 2011 Issue


Improving Hearing Aid Function in Noisy Situations
Helping people with hearing loss clearly understand what others are saying over background noise remains a hot topic in audiology.

Audiology in Brief: November 1, 2011


From the President: Our Role in Effective Patient-Provider Communication
Communication breakdowns among patients, their family members, and health care staff contribute to such serious problems as medical errors, inadequate pain relief, extended hospital stays, increased costs, and patient anguish and disorientation.


The Professions in China: An ASHA Virtual Library

The China Gap for Speech-Language Services
An experience treating children with cleft palate opened one SLP's eyes to the country's huge need for communications professionals.

The Cantonese-English Bilingual Project
A study is tracking the language development of preschoolers who speak Cantonese at home, and learn English as preschoolers.

Speech-Language Pathology in China: Challenges and Opportunities
The People's Republic of China urgently needs an estimated quarter-million graduate-level SLPs, yet daunting challenges stand in the way of developing graduate-level training programs.

¿QUÉ PASA?: "What's Happening" in Overcoming Barriers to Serving Bilingual Children?
In a recent survey of audiologists, proposed solutions included language cards, mobile apps, and better education.

New Parameters Set for Craniosynostotis Treatment
Recommendations call for involvement in habilitation starting before a baby is born.

It Takes Two: Improving Assessment Accuracy in Bilingual Children
Researchers have developed a combined, bilingual approach that may help clinicians assess the language skills of bilingual children.

Cultural Competence: How Qualified Are You?
Three members share their "aha" moments when they learned how much they didn't know.

Cultural Competence in Treatment of Adults with Cognitive and Language Disorders
The growth in mature adult populations of people of color in the United States provides tremendous incentive for speech-language professionals to develop culturally sensitive policies and service delivery.

Building Vocabulary with Online Tools
Vocabulary building is valuable not only for second-language learners, but also for many clients we serve from young (e.g., children with developmental delays and language disorders) to old (e.g., stroke survivors who are relearning language skills) and every age between. It is also valuable for professionals and students in communication sciences and disorders programs!

Aphasia Assessment in Chinese Speakers
A limited number of culturally sensitive tools is available for testing this U.S. population.

2011 Awards of Excellence


Web Resources Outline State Regulations

Twenty-Four Students Receive Research Travel Awards

Students Selected for Leadership Program

News in Brief: November 1, 2011

Mentoring Pairs Receive Travel Awards

Communication and Culture: Research Trends

Classroom Noise Rules Go to Congress
Despite the anticipated lack of congressional action, ASHA continues to advocate for reduced noise pollution and improved acoustics in schools.

Budget Proposals Include Medicare Cuts
Congress may raise cost-sharing and cut reimbursement to reduce the budget deficit.


In the Limelight: Childhood Chore Results in Speech-Language Career
There's little doubt SLP Carmen Vega-Barachowitz ascended to a leadership position at one of the country's leading hospitals through hard work and dedication. But she says she actually owes her start in the profession to her younger sister.

First Person on the Last Page: Today I Saved a Life
A team of SLPs work to facilitate a patient's communication ended up saving his life.