In 2022, more than 14,700 CCC-A audiologists affiliated with ASHA.
In 2022, 96% of audiologists renewed their certification with ASHA, and the retention rate for audiologists remained at 96%.
In 2022, more than 615 audiologists were newly certified, and 78 audiologists regained certification through the reinstatement process.
In 2022, 254 students became National NSSLHA members.
ASHA volunteer leaders and National Office staff build strategic relationships with lawmakers and policymakers to advance the interests of the audiology profession.
ASHA Government Affairs and Public Policy staff support audiology members and students 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.
Audiologists can contact ASHA’s federal and political affairs staff for specific questions about federal legislation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audiologists can contact ASHA staff for specific coding and reimbursement questions at email@example.com.
ASHA has partnerships and agreements with the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology (ARA) 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.
The ASHA National Office staff includes nine ASHA-certified audiologists.
ASHA ProFind is a free online directory that connects audiologists with patients seeking hearing care and to other health professionals who may refer patients.
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 which will (a) help audiologists identify qualified audiology assistants who can provide support for routine practice tasks and (b) allow audiologists to use their time to practice at the top of their license/profession.
An ad hoc committee of audiologists and audiology assistants created a Scope of Practice for Audiology Assistants.
ASHA offers peer-reviewed journals focused on audiology and hearing--the American Journal of Audiology; the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools--and one scholarly review journal, 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 supports early-career scientists through several research education and mentoring programs as well as award programs.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) 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 $12.8 million to more than 2,500 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, research practitioners, and audiology students through research grants and scholarships.
The Board of Ethics adjudicates complaints alleging violations of the Code of Ethics and may sanction individuals for unethical conduct.
All current ASHA members and Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) holders, as well as applicants for the CCC, must adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics (2023). 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.
ASHA-certified assistants must abide by the Assistants Code of Conduct.
The 17-member Board of Ethics comprises a mix of audiologists and 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.
Seventy-nine 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).
Approximately 27 audiologists serve in the pool of CAA accreditation site visitors.
The CAA is the only accrediting agency for graduate education programs in audiology that is recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (since 1964) and the U.S. Department of Education (since 1967).
More than 307 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 and audiology leaders in the profession at the annual ASHA Convention.
EdFind, ASHA’s online search engine, helps prospective students find detailed information on all audiology graduate programs.
In 2022, 59 audiology and hearing science students and early-career 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 and PhD students to help those students 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, specifically for audiology students, as well as undergraduate scholarships and graduate scholarships that are open to both audiology and speech-language pathology students .
Students who are National NSSLHA members during the last 2 years of their doctoral program are eligible for $225 off the initial dues and fees of ASHA membership and certification.
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--in collaboration with the Hearing Loss Association of America--has run a week-long digital promotional campaign, along with (a) obtaining interviews featuring audiologists on TV and radio outlets around the country and (b) 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 and developed guidance for hearing protection in entertainment venues.
Public service announcements for television and radio outlets that highlight the importance of ear and hearing care and the work of audiologists have had tens of thousands of airings across the country and continue to air indefinitely.
In the wake of over-the counter hearing aids coming on the market, ASHA did more than 40 interviews with media outlets nationwide that educated the public about the new category of hearing aids and the role of audiologists in relation to them.