About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 234,000 members, certificate holders, and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology assistants; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) identify, assess, and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Learn about the differences between professional associations and unions.


Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.


We are a dynamic community of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, scientists, assistants, and other affiliated professionals, dedicated to transforming lives. Through partnership and collaboration, we advance science, foster excellence in education and professional practice, establish standards, and advocate for accessible and quality care for all. 

Core Values

  • We are two professions, with a shared purpose, that are stronger together.​
  • Scientifically based professional practice advances the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders.
  • Collaboration, diversity, equity, inclusion, innovation, ​and integrity are essential and indispensable in our work.
  • We are member-centric and people-focused at our core. 

ASHA Awards

ASHA has presented numerous awards to recognize the contributions of individuals and groups to the professions of speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech and hearing science.

Work at ASHA

Join ASHA's staff at the National Office! ASHA is committed to work/life balance and often receives recognition for being a great place to work.  

ASHA Archives

2025 will mark the 100th anniversary of ASHA. ASHA Archives has been developed to highlight important events and persons in the history of the Association as well as showcase materials from the archives.


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ASHA Corporate Partners