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ASHA Convention to Showcase Latest in Hearing Loss, Speech/Language Development and Disorders, and Swallowing Across the Lifespan

Washington, DC, to Host Thousands of Clinicians, Researchers, and Students November 18–20

November 18, 2021

(Rockville, MD) The largest annual gathering, this year in hybrid form, in the field of communication sciences and disorders will take place November 18–20 in Washington, DC, and online. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention will host more than 3,000 compelling sessions featuring new research, the latest treatment approaches and interventions, and technological advances related to hearing, speech/language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing/feeding disorders across the lifespan.

Event highlights include the annual Research Symposium, funded in part by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. This year’s Research Symposium will focus on Health and Health Care Equity in Communication Disorders. The symposium will examine why people with communication disorders fare worse in their health and health care outcomes than do their counterparts without communication disorders—and will discuss potential solutions to close this gap. ASHA’s Research Symposium on Hearing—organized this year by Nicholas Reed, AuD, of Johns Hopkins University—will examine Hearing, Mental Health, and Cognition: A Pivotal Interconnection.

“Our theme for the 2021 ASHA Convention is ‘Rising United,’ and it couldn’t be more appropriate after a challenging period that saw many ASHA members rising to the collective occasion on the COVID-19 front lines in health care and education,” said A. Lynn Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP, 2021 ASHA President. “After canceling our 2020 Convention due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to be able to re-convene at a time when knowledge sharing couldn’t be more critical.”

Williams continued: “Key topics will include recovery of communication, social, and learning skills for our students and patients nationwide; long-haul COVID and its effects on communication, cognition, and swallowing; and the latest on the relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline—at a time when a brand new category of medical devices, over-the-counter hearing aids, will soon be available for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss.”

A sample of Convention sessions is included below:

Hearing Loss

Speech/Language, Learning, and Cognition



Augmentative and Alternative Communication  

Note to media: If you would like to attend the Convention or access individual sessions, please email Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend the event on-site.

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

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 218,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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