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Know the Facts...ASHA Supports the Profession of Audiology

ASHA Audiology by the numbers...

  • In 2019, more than 14,300 CCC-A audiologists affiliated with ASHA.
  • The retention rate for certified audiology members has remained above 95% for the past decade.
  • 712 entry-level and 30 post-entry level doctor of audiology (AuD) degrees were awarded in academic year 2018-2019 (based on 94% of AuD and 75% of post-entry level programs reporting).
  • In 2019, there were 695 newly certified audiologists and 49 audiologists who regained their certification through the reinstatement process.
  • In 2019, over 96% of audiologists renewed their certification with ASHA.  

ASHA is committed to seeking opportunities to engage and unite audiologists, and to advocating for audiology professional services. 

  • In October 2019, ASHA, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) successfully advocated for improvements to the Medicare Hearing Act of 2019 (H.R. 4618) [PDF]. The amended bill would enable audiologists to be reimbursed by Medicare for covered diagnostic and treatment services that they are licensed to provide, and would reclassify audiologists as practitioners under Medicare, giving seniors better access to hearing and balance care provided by audiologists. Key provisions from H.R. 4618 were subsequently included in Section 602 of H.R. 3, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in December 2019. 
  • In July 2019, ASHA, AAA, and ADA collaborated in the development of the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019 (H.R. 4056).
  • In July 2019, the ASHA Board of Directors accepted the AuD Education Summit Task Force Report [PDF], a summary of recommendations compiled by working groups formed after the October 2016 AuD Education Summit at the ASHA National Office. The Summit convened to review the current model of AuD education and identify priorities for improvement.
  • In February 2019, ASHA, the American Academy of Audiology, and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology agreed to join forces to  develop legislation that expands access to and coverage of audiology services under Medicare.
  • In January 2019, ASHA hosted the Aligned Sense of Purpose [PDF] meeting, which was attended by representatives from several audiology associations. The purpose of the meeting was to foster collaboration and alignment within the audiology profession to ensure the highest quality patient care.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 requires the FDA to develop regulations for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. ASHA is developing materials to assist members in providing services to patients who may have initially selected a self-treatment option.
  • ASHA has agreements with the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell), the Educational Audiology Association (EAA), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the Ida Institute, and the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)—that provide reciprocal benefits in the areas of advocacy, exhibiting, and promotion.
  • In December 2008, ASHA convened 10 audiology organizations at its National Office to advocate for recognition of audiology service in the health care arena. This group is called the Audiology Quality Consortium (AQC).  
  • Association volunteer leaders and ASHA National Office staff build strategic relationships with influential lawmakers and policymakers to advance the interests of the audiology profession.
  • Audiologists can contact ASHA staff for specific reimbursement questions, reimbursement@asha.org.

ASHA helps audiologists enhance their professional practice through high-quality professional consultation and professional development.

  • The ASHA National Office has a staff of 300, including seven ASHA-certified audiologists.
  • in 2019, ASHA Audiology received and responded to about 50 inquiries per month from ASHA members, nonmembers, professionals, and consumers.
  • Every fall, ASHA offers the largest online conference for audiologists—providing a convenient, affordable way for audiologists to earn continuing education (CE) credit.
  • ASHA Professional Development also offers many ASHA CE courses that are available for ASHA continuing education units (CEUs) in a variety of formats. Or for one convenient annual fee, you can now have unlimited access to our curated online course catalog with the ASHA Learning Pass
  • ASHA Continuing Education reviews and approves eligible organizations as ASHA-Approved Continuing Education (CE) Providers. There are 540 ASHA-Approved CE Providers throughout the country.
  • In 2020, ASHA will launch the ASHA Assistants Certification Program for audiology assistants. More information on the program and eligibility requirements can be found at  ASHA Assistants Program.

ASHA and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) support audiology science and research.

  • ASHA offers four peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Audiology, the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, and Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.
  • ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP) has guided ASHA’s commitment toward evidence-based practice.
  • ASHA's online Practice Portal and Evidence Maps combine evidence, expert opinion, and a wealth of resources to inform evidence-based clinical practice.
  • ASHA supports early-career scientists through several research education and mentoring programs, award programs, and the Research Symposium on Hearing at the ASHA Convention.
  • The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation  supports audiology science and research through a variety of funding programs for new investigators, mid-career researchers and seasoned scientists. Since its founding, the ASHFoundation has awarded $10.6 million to more than 2,300 innovators to test bold ideas and pursue new breakthroughs to transform the discipline and change the lives of people with communication disorders.
  • In 2019, the ASHFoundation awarded a record-breaking $762,000 to 85 individuals. In the last decade, the ASHFoundation has supported audiologists, hearing scientists and audiology students with more than $1.5 million in funding for innovative research and scholarships.

ASHA is a leader in establishing and enforcing ethics standards for the professions.

  • The ASHA Code of Ethics (2016) applies to all ASHA members, individuals who hold the CCC, and applicants for the CCC. ASHA's Board of Ethics provides guidance about the Code of Ethics through its Issues in Ethics Statements, and develops educational programs and materials on professional ethics.
  • The Board of Ethics adjudicates complaints alleging violations of the Code of Ethics and may sanction individuals for unethical conduct.
  • The 17-member Board comprises a mix of audiologists and speech-language pathologists, and two public members. 
  • A monthly Everyday Ethics blog posting, which is available on ASHA Leader Live , covers current topics based on ASHA member questions about ethical dilemmas under the ASHA Code of Ethics.

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is committed to quality and is dedicated to graduate education programs’ success in preparing future audiologists.

  • All 78 existing audiology entry-level clinical doctoral education programs are accredited or hold candidate status by the CAA; 75 are accredited and three hold candidacy status.
  • One AuD program does not hold status with the CAA: CSU Los Angeles.
  • Seven audiologists serve on the CAA (five academics and two practitioners).
  • The CAA accreditation site visitor pool includes approximately 28 audiologists.
  • The CAA is the only accrediting agency for graduate education programs in audiology that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education (since 1967).
  • Since 1964, the CAA has been continuously recognized as an accrediting agency for graduate education programs in audiology by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and its predecessors.     

ASHA, the ASHFoundation, and National NSSLHA support audiology students.

  • More than 254 audiology students have received the Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award, supporting their travel to the ASHA Convention since 2008.
  • ASHA offers the Audiology Students at the ASHA Convention program, designed to engage clinical audiology students with National NSSLHA, audiology leaders in the field, and the ASHA Convention.
  • ASHA offers the Student Ethics Essay Award, which provides monetary prizes to audiology and SLP student winners and helps fund the first-place essay winner to attend the ASHA Convention.
  • EdFind, ASHA’s online search engine, helps prospective students find detailed information on all audiology graduate programs.
  • In 2019, 54 audiology and hearing science students and faculty participated in award, mentoring, and research education programs designed to support the PhD pipeline, faculty-researcher careers, and the communication sciences and disorders (CSD) science base.
  • The Research Symposium on Hearing at the 2019 ASHA Convention provided a half-day of sessions focused on state-of-the-art research on genetic and pharmacological treatment for hearing. ASHA members and the public can view recordings of the presentations and listen to an ASHA Voices podcast episode with the speakers.
  • Every year, the ASHFoundation provides special support for audiology students through a variety of Graduate Student Scholarships and New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarships. Student researchers also receive ASHFoundation funding to pursue new ideas and launch innovative research studies.
  • National NSSLHA offers 54 student leadership opportunities (some serving on key ASHA committees), Member Honors awards, undergraduate scholarships and graduate scholarships just for students studying audiology.
  • Students who are National NSSLHA members during their final 2 years of school can save $225 off their initial ASHA membership dues.

ASHA actively promotes public awareness of hearing health issues.

  • In November 2019, ASHA was accepted as a member of the World Hearing Forum, a global network of stakeholders established by the World Health Organization to promote ear and hearing care worldwide. 
  • ASHA's  Identify the Signs campaign has reached more than half a billion consumers.
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month (May) is a time for outreach about the professions and topics related to them. In 2019, such efforts reached an audience of more than 292 million. Additionally, a PSA promoting early intervention and the professions that was released in May 2018 continues to air on TV stations nationwide. Through June 2019, it had aired more than 4,400 times on 89 stations, reaching a total audience of 6.5 million. 
  • ASHA's public information efforts reach millions of consumers each year, and almost one third of the visitors to ASHA’s website are from the public.
  • ASHA's social media campaign that raised awareness of World Hearing Hearing Day (March 3) reach an audience of more than 80 million.
  • ASHA regularly arranged coverage that featured audiologists with media outlets like Consumer Reports and New York 1, along with posts to Our Children, the online magazine of the PTA, and events promoted and held on Twitter that reached millions. 
  • ASHA continues to advise the World Health Organization's (WHO) Make Listening Safe campaign. Launched in March 2015, the WHO campaign raises global awareness of noise-induced hearing loss. WHO has cited ASHA's Listen To Your Buds campaign as an effective way to educate children about protecting their hearing from unsafe use of personal audio devices.

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