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About Special Interest Group 8, Audiology and Public Health


SIG 8 facilitates the highest level of knowledge of public health issues related to all audiology services and professional practice in the provision of care to the public.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to address public health issues related to all aspects of audiology through a transdisciplinary interprofessional collaborative practice (IPP) approach.


  • To create and maintain greater visibility and a higher profile for the area of audiology and public health within ASHA and allied fields.
  • To raise awareness and promote prevention as the surest means of reducing the individual and societal impact of hearing and balance disorders.
  • To serve as liaison with other professional organizations interested in public health.
  • To serve as the go-to resource within ASHA for audiology and public health issues and to provide subject matter expertise for media interviews as requested.
  • To disseminate timely information concerning research, clinical activities, meetings, and educational opportunities related to audiology and public health through the SIG 8 Online Community and SIG 8 Perspectives.

Focus Areas

  • Noise and hearing conservation
  • Education and outreach
  • Environmental studies and policy
  • Epidemiologic and sociologic considerations (e.g., aging)
  • Forensic audiology
  • Innovations in teleaudiology
  • Prevention and treatment of tinnitus
  • Access to care
  • Infection control
  • Public health issues related to audiology (e.g., cognitive decline, diabetes, and falls)

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 8 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 public health issues related to hearing and balance:

  • SIG 8 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to public health issues related to hearing and balance.
  • SIG 8 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 8 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group on Audiology and Public Health 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

Web Links Related to Hearing Loss Prevention

The following list is not comprehensive, but does, we hope, include useful sites for professionals interested in hearing loss prevention. Inclusion in the list does not represent an endorsement by the SIG 8 or by ASHA of the site owner/content.

Coordinating Committee Members

  • 2020–2022 Coordinator: Kathy E. Gates, Department of Defense, Hearing Center of Excellence
  • 2020 Associate Coordinator: Amy Nichole Boudin, Defense Hearing Center of Excellence
  • 2020–2022 Editor: Ishara Ramkissoon, University of South Alabama
  • 2018–2020 Professional Development Manager: Kelly M. Reavis, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health; VA Portland Health Care System
  • 2019–2021 Member-at-Large: James J. Jerome, Workplace Integra- Midwest, Inc.
  • 2015–2020 Member-at-Large: Vickie L. Tuten, U.S. Army
  • Ex Officio: Tricia K. Ashby-Scabis, Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA

Editorial Board

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

Professional Development Committee

  • Kelly M. Reavis, Professional Development Manager
  • Ishara Ramkissoon, Editor
  • Tricia K. Ashby-Scabis, 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