We know that you are working hard to stay safe and healthy, take care of your families, meet the needs of the individuals you serve, and find creative ways to connect from a distance. ASHA members’ and volunteers’ safety is our top priority, and we’re here to help you during this uncertain time. Check for the latest updates and resources, including on telepractice.

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Quick Facts

About ASHA

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 204,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

Members: 211,000

President: Theresa H. Rodgers

Chief Executive Officer: Arlene A. Pietranton

Headquarters: Rockville, Maryland

Founded: 1925

Designations: Honors, Fellow


Annual Convention:

The annual ASHA Convention will take place in San Diego, California, November 19–21, 2020.

Speech & Language Disorders

Speech disorders occur when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with their voice. Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language) or sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings completely (expressive language).

Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems.

Quick Facts:

  • 40 million Americans have communication disorders, costing the U.S. approximately $154–186 billion annually. (source)
  • By the first grade, roughly 5% of children have noticeable speech disorders. (source)
  • 3 million+ Americans stutter. (source)
  • 6–8 million Americans have some form of language impairment. (source)
  • Approximately 1 million Americans suffer from aphasia. (source)

Hearing Loss & Disorders

Hearing loss is determined by three categories:

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages.

Quick Facts:

  • Approximately 36 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. (source)
  • According to an AARP/ASHA 2011 poll of AARP members, 47% of respondents reported having untreated hearing loss. (source)
  • 1 in 5 Americans have hearing loss in at least 1 ear. (source)
  • Approximately 26 million Americans, ages 20–69, have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises. (source)
  • The Centers for Disease Control estimate the lifetime costs for all people with hearing loss born in the year 2000 will total $2.1 billion. Most of these costs will come from lost wages due to inability or limited ability to work. (source)

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