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ASHA Audiology: Working for You

ASHA Audiology by the numbers...

  • In 2020, more than 14,400 CCC-A audiologists affiliated with ASHA.

  • In 2020, over 96% of audiologists renewed their certification with ASHA, and the retention rate for certified ASHA audiology members has been greater than 95% for the past decade.

  • In 2020, more than 650 audiologists were newly certified and 50 audiologists regained certification through the reinstatement process.

Engaging and Uniting Audiologists

  • ASHA volunteer leaders and National Office staff build strategic relationships with lawmakers and policymakers to advance the interests of the audiology profession.

  • ASHA Advocacy staff support audiologist members on issues such as the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act, expanding telepractice coverage, and appropriate valuation of billing codes to ensure fair and equitable reimbursement.

Enhancing Audiology Practice through Professional Development and Consultation

  • The ASHA National Office staff includes nine ASHA-certified audiologists.

  • ASHA audiologists provide professional consultation to anyone with hearing-related questions.

  • ASHA Professional Development offers online learning opportunities for audiologists in a variety of formats. All ASHA members can gain unlimited access to a curated online course catalog by subscribing to the ASHA Learning Pass.

  • In 2020, ASHA launched the Assistants Certification Program that will help audiologists identify qualified audiology assistants who can manage routine practice tasks and allow audiologists to use their time to practice at the top of their license/profession.

    • An ad hoc committee of audiologists and audiology assistants is creating a Scope of Practice document for audiology assistants.

Supporting Audiology Science and Research

  • ASHA offers four peer-reviewed journals focused on audiology and hearing, including the American Journal of Audiology, the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 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 and award programs.

  • 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 pursue transformative ideas that change the lives of people with communication disorders.

  • In recent years, the ASHFoundation has provided more than $1.5 million to audiologists, hearing scientists, and audiology students for groundbreaking research and scholarships.

Establishing and Enforcing Ethics Standards

  • The Board of Ethics adjudicates complaints alleging violations of the Code of Ethics and may sanction individuals for unethical conduct.

  • The ASHA Code of Ethics (2016) applies to all current and former ASHA members, current and former Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) holders, and applicants for the CCC. ASHA's Board of Ethics provides guidance about the Code of Ethics through its Issues in Ethics Statements, develops professional ethics educational programs, and produces occasional Everyday Ethics blog posts in ASHA Leader Live.

  • The 17-member Board comprises a mix of audiologists and speech-language pathologists, and two public members.

Ensuring the Quality and Success of Graduate Education

  • 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.

    • 80 existing audiology entry-level clinical doctoral education programs are accredited or hold candidate status by the CAA

    • CSU Los Angeles is the one AuD program does not hold status with the CAA.

    • Seven audiologists serve on the CAA (five academics and two practitioners).

    • Approximately 29 audiologists serve as CAA accreditation pool as site visitors.

    • 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).

Supporting Audiology Students

  • More than 254 audiology students have received the Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award, supporting their travel to the ASHA Convention.

  • 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.

  • EdFind, ASHA’s online search engine, helps prospective students find detailed information on all audiology graduate programs.

  • In 2020, 27 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.

  • Every year, the ASHFoundation provides scholarships and grants to many AuD, PhD, and Master’s students to complete their education, pursue innovative research studies, and launch their careers.

  • 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.

Promoting Public Awareness of Hearing Health Issues

  • ASHA's Identify the Signs campaign has reached more than half a billion consumers.

  • Annually, ASHA’s Better Hearing and Speech Month (May) promotion reaches audiences in the hundreds of millions with information about hearing, hearing health, and the work of audiologists.

  • ASHA's public information efforts reach hundreds of millions of consumers each year, and almost one third of the visitors to ASHA’s website are from the public.

  • For the past several years, in observance of World Hearing Day (March 3), ASHA has run a week-long digital promotional campaign, along with offering a themed toolkit for audiologists to use to help spread the word.

  • ASHA regularly arranges coverage that features audiologists in outlets like The Washington Post, Sirius XM Radio, and Consumer Reports.

  • ASHA continues to advise the World Health Organization's (WHO) on its Make Listening Safe campaign, which has produced the first-ever global standard for safe listening on personal audio devices.

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