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

ASHA Audiology by the numbers...

  • In 2018, more than 14,200 CCC-A audiologists affiliated with ASHA.
  • The retention rate for certified audiology members has remained above 95% for the past decade.
  • 656 entry-level and 32 post-entry level doctor of audiology (AuD) degrees were awarded in academic year 2017-2018 (based on 92% of AuD programs reporting).
  • In 2018, there were 595 newly certified audiologists and 37 audiologists who regained their certification through the reinstatement process.
  • In 2018, 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 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.
  • In October 2016, ASHA hosted the AuD Education Summit to review the current model of AuD education. In 2017, six working groups met regularly to address the priorities identified during the Summit. Final recommendations were submitted by the end of 2018.
  • 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 three organizations—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), 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.

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

  • The ASHA National Office has a staff of nearly 300, including seven ASHA-certified audiologists.
  • in 2018, ASHA Audiology received and responded to about 83 inquiries per month.
  • Every October, 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.
  • There are 540 ASHA-Approved CE Providers throughout the country.

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.
  • ASHA actively promotes research funding through its support of the ASHFoundation, which funds nine science-related programs. To learn more about ASHFoundation funding opportunities, visit their website.
  • The ASHFoundation supports audiology science and research through a variety of annual funding programs. Since its founding, the ASHFoundation has awarded $9.8 million to more than 2,200 innovative scientists and scholars to test bold ideas and pursue new breakthroughs to change people’s lives.
  • In 2018, the ASHFoundation awarded $640,000 to 82 individuals. In the last decade, the ASHFoundation has provided a total of $1,348,500 in support to audiologists, hearing scientists and audiology students.

ASHA is a leader in establishing and enforcing ethical 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 at least six audiologists, six speech-language pathologists, and two public members. 

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 77 existing audiology entry-level clinical doctoral education programs are accredited or hold candidate status by the CAA.
  • Seven audiologists serve on the CAA (five academics and two practitioners).
  • The CAA accreditation site visitor pool includes approximately 29 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.

  • Since 2008, more than 230 audiology students have received the Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award, supporting their travel to the ASHA Convention.
  • EdFind, ASHA’s online search engine, helps prospective students find detailed information on all audiology graduate programs.
  • In 2018, 42 audiology and hearing science students and faculty participated in research mentoring programs designed to support the PhD pipeline and the communication sciences and disorders (CSD) science base.
  • The Research Symposium on Hearing at the ASHA Convention provided a half-day of sessions focused on state-of-the-art research on speech perception.
  • Every year, the ASHFoundation offers a number of Graduate Student Scholarships, New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarships, and Student Research Grants.
  • National NSSLHA offers 53 student leadership opportunities (some serving on key ASHA committees), Member Honors awards, and undergraduate 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.

  • 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 2018, such efforts reached an audience of more than 160 million. Additionally, a PSA promoting early intervention and the professions that was released in May 2018 continues to air on TV stations nationwide. Through mid-March 2019, it had aired more than 3,000 times on 76 stations, reaching a total audience of 51.5 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 continues to collaborate with the World Health Organization (WHO) on its Make Listening Safe campaign. Launched in March 2015, this campaign raises global awareness of noise-induced hearing loss.

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