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About Special Interest Group 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation


Hearing-related impairment is a complex and dynamic condition, significantly affecting the daily lives of persons with the impairment as well as those with whom they communicate. SIG 7 envisions that we can help to maximize communication and quality of life across the range of hearing and hearing-related abilities through aural/audiologic rehabilitation (AR) and its instrumentation.


To promote comprehensive, culturally sensitive, evidence-based, and patient/person/family-centered AR practices by audiologists and speech-language pathologists.


To meet its mission, SIG 7 will strive to attain the following goals:

  • Advocate within ASHA wherein we advise and make recommendations about policies, procedures, and guidelines relating to AR.
  • Promote federal and state policies regarding reimbursement services for AR.
  • Disseminate information to the public that highlights the contributions of audiologists and speech-language pathologists to the health and well-being of individuals served and their families.
  • Encourage interprofessional communication and practices as an important part of AR.
  • Provide a forum for identifying research needs, exchanging ideas, and sharing information to facilitate evidenced-based practices in AR.
  • Plan and conduct continuing education for SIG Affiliates and other segments of the Association.

Study Topics

SIG 7 provides an opportunity for Affiliates to discuss, learn, and share ideas about topical areas of interest relating to hearing, tinnitus and balance rehabilitation. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Counseling for communication and psychosocial problems unique to individuals affected by hearing impairment
  • Service delivery methods 
  • Sensory aids, including hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Auditory, visual, and/or auditory visual training
  • Speech production and perception strategies for individuals with hearing impairment
  • Language development for children with hearing impairment
  • Tinnitus management
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Considerations for curriculum in AR for academic programs
  • (Re)Habilitation of Auditory Processing and Its Disorders

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 7 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 aural rehabilitation and its instrumentation:

  • SIG 7 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to aural rehabilitation and its instrumentation.
  • SIG 7 holds an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 7 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation 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.

Coordinating Committee Members

  • 2020–2022 Coordinator: Elizabeth L. Humphrey, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • 2020–2022 Associate Coordinator: Jani A. Johnson, University of Memphis
  • 2019–2021 Editor: Jessica R. Sullivan, Hampton University
  • 2018–2020 Professional Development Manager: Nicole L. Marrone, University of Arizona
  • 2019–2021 Member-at-Large: Rachel E. Glade, University of Arkansas
  • 2020–2022 Member-at-Large: Christin Ray, Ohio State University
  • Ex Officio: Paul K. Farrell, Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA

Editorial Board

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

Professional Development Committee

  • Nicole L. Marrone, Professional Development Manager
  • Kathleen M. Cienkowski
  • Judith A. L. Curtin
  • Karen J. Kushla
  • Charissa R. Lansing
  • Christin Ray
  • Jessica R. Sullivan, Editor
  • Paul K. Farrell, 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

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