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National Association for Hearing and Speech Action (NAHSA)

Guarding The Public's Communication Health

For many people, the simple act of communicating can be difficult. Significant numbers of older people, due to illness or age, struggle with speech, hearing, and swallowing. Every day, children are born with communication disorders that can hold them back educationally and socially.

The consumer affiliate of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the National Association for Hearing and Speech Action (NAHSA) is the one organization focused solely on meeting that need.

Featuring members of ASHA's national network of audiologists and speech-language pathologists, NAHSA-supported initiatives provide the public—moms, dads, caregivers, teachers, and patients—with critical information for addressing and even preventing communication problems.

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics and schools. Every school district across the United States has an SLP working with students who have a wide range of communication disorders, from stuttering to traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Audiologists are professionals who evaluate and treat hearing loss, tinnitus, balance, and related disorders, and recommend and provide appropriate treatment including hearing aids, audiologic rehabilitation, and hearing assistive technology systems. These are the professionals to look to for hearing screening and testing for individuals of all ages, from the youngest to the oldest patients.

NAHSA provides an easy way for consumers to find a qualified audiologist or speech-language pathologist through ASHA ProFind. The association is working on behalf of the public in other ways as well including

  • funding media outreach across the country providing guidance to parents on early stuttering warning signs;
  • producing easy-to-understand materials on a wide range of topics, such as hearing aid education and how to monitor a child's communication development;
  • hosting special Twitter events where parents can get answers to important questions, like how to help children with communication disorders;
  • supporting the Healthy Communication & Popular Technology Initiative, which informs the public about healthy usage of popular technology;
  • partnering on the toolkit Communicating With Baby: Tips and Milestones From Birth to Age 5, a joint initiative between ReadAloud 15 MINUTES and ASHA that details communication milestones and tips for supporting children’s development through daily reading.

NAHSA Board of Directors

Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE
President, National Association for Hearing and Speech Action
Chief Executive Officer, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Lisa Cole
Chief Staff Officer for Communications, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Joseph Cerquone, CAE
Executive Director, National Association for Hearing and Speech Action
Director of Public Relations, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Benjamin R. Kaufman, MSW
Program Manager, Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Emily Kinsler, PhD, CCC-SLP
Instructional Facilitator, Howard County Maryland Public Schools

Susan Yaffe-Oziel, M.M.S., CCC-A
Director of The Family Hearing Center, TLC—The Treatment and Learning Centers

Support NAHSA

Every day, millions of Americans contend with one type of communication challenge or another. Chances are you either have dealt with one yourself or know someone who has. If so, you know the frustration, suffering, and expense that can burden individuals, families, and society alike.

Help NAHSA carry out its unique role of guarding the public’s communication health.

"Thanks for the informative chat! I'm going to share some of this info with my sister, who is expecting."

A tweet from a participant in a 2015 Better Hearing and Speech Month Twitter party about kids and technology use.

"I am learning a lot here today. Having a child with a speech problem is a challenge."

A tweet from Twitter Q & A sessions with a combined audience reach of nearly three million where experts answered questions from the public.

"The safe listening message of the Buds campaign is an extremely important one for our students to have heard. Many of our students have not only received it, but also retained it."

Letter from the principal of a Virginia elementary school that hosted a Listen To Your Buds Safe Listening Concert.

As the population ages, more and more people are expected to face communication challenges.

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