As the demands of payers, consumers, administrators, and other health professionals evolve, audiologists and speech-language pathologists are increasingly being asked to demonstrate value. Although professional experiences and personal stories can help people understand how an individual is affected by a condition and can give insights into how your services may benefit them personally, such experiences and stories are limited in determining an intervention’s efficiency or effectiveness.
The key to effective advocacy is data.
You can use data and research to show the far-reaching, lasting impact you make on the individuals you serve—and on the health system at large. We rely on data to move the needle when educating others and affecting change. These fact sheets combine data from multiple sources—such as ASHA's National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS) and the published literature—to get a full picture of how audiologists and speech-language pathologists enhance care coordination, reduce costs, and improve clinical outcomes.
Download these PDF fact sheets to engage interested parties in conversations about the role of the professions—and the value that your services can bring to individuals, their care partners, and organizations.
See how audiologists’ treatment of hearing loss reduces the risk of cognitive decline/dementia and improves quality of life.
See how speech-language pathologists improve health care quality and reduce costs for a variety of populations in acute-care settings.
See how audiologists’ involvement in assessing and treating balance and dizziness leads to better outcomes and more efficient care.
See how speech-language pathologists make a positive, lasting impact on communication, swallowing, and quality of life in treating people with Parkinson’s disease.
See how audiologists’ use of real-ear measurement improves communication and hearing aid outcomes.
See how speech-language pathologists improve overall health and function in children with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.