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About Special Interest Group 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics

Mission Statement

The mission of SIG 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics is to provide a forum for collaboration between researchers and clinicians to translate research into evidence-based practice related to hearing and balance.

Study and Professional Issues

Study Issues

  • Micro-mechanics of the cochlea; oto-acoustic emissions
  • Electrophysiologic measures of the auditory system
  • Models of the ear
  • Psychoacoustics with hearing impaired listeners
  • Auditory processes in speech recognition
  • Design of new hearing aids, cochlear implants and other sensory aids
  • Digital signal processing for psychoacoustics and physiology research
  • New ideas in hearing research
  • Age effects on balance and communication
  • Cochleotoxicity
  • Advances in vestibular system testing and rehabilitation
  • Vestibulotoxicity

Professional Issues

  • Nature of hearing science contribution to the Annual ASHA Convention
  • Educational requirements for hearing scientists of the future.

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups  is the online peer-reviewed scholarly review journal of the SIGs. SIG 6 offers new self-study CE activities through Perspectives each year.  

Online Chats

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.

Continuing Education

  • 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:

  • SIG 6 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to hearing and hearing disorders.
  • SIG 6 holds an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 6 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics 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.

Additional Resources

ASHA Web Resources

Hearing Research Related Websites

Coordinating Committee Members

  • 2020–2022 Coordinator: Erika C. Shakespeare, Idaho Elks Hearing & Balance Center, St. Luke's Health System
  • 2019–2021 Editor: Laura Dreisbach Hawe, San Diego State University
  • 2020–2022 Professional Development Manager: Ashley R. Flagge, University of South Alabama
  • 2019–2020 Member-at-Large: Tara M. Davis, University of South Alabama
  • 2019–2021 Member-at-Large: Gayla L. Poling, Mayo Clinic
  • 2016–2020 Member-at-Large: Keith S. Wolgemuth, Loma Linda University
  • Ex Officio: Deborah L Berndtson, Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA

Editorial Board

View the Editorial Board Roster for Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups .

Professional Development Committee

  • Ashley R. Flagge, Professional Development Manager
  • Kathleen Evans Peterson
  • Andrew J. Vermiglio
  • Laura Dreisbach Hawe, Editor
  • Deborah L. Berndtson, Ex Officio

Liaisons to the ASHA Board of Directors

  • Sharon Sandridge, 2019–2021 Vice President for Audiology Practice
  • Marie C. Ireland, 2018–2020 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

ASHA Corporate Partners