About Special Interest Group 6, Hearing and Balance Sciences: Research and Clinical Applications

Mission Statement

To provide a forum for clinicians, researchers, and students involved in hearing and balance sciences and clinical care to share, learn, and collaborate to further advance evidence-based audiological services and research.


To be the community where audiologists, speech-language pathologists, researchers, and students can share ideas to (a) foster scholarship and research and (b) offer opportunities to collaborate on advancements in hearing and balance sciences and in clinical applications.

Topic Areas

Areas for study, discussion, and review include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Foundations of audiological practice
    • Translational approach on cochlear hair restoration research
    • Audiologic evaluations
    • Tinnitus evaluation, management, and research
    • Vestibular assessment and research
    • Otoprotectants and ototoxicity research, evaluation, and monitoring
    • (Central) auditory processing evaluation/management and research
    • Amplification (hearing aids, implantable technologies, consumer hearables, over-the-counter [OTC] devices, and personal sound amplification products [PSAPs]
    • Objective measures of vestibular and auditory function from outer ear to cortex
    • Behavioral measures of hearing and balance systems
    • Psychoacoustic measures of auditory systems
    • Evaluation of subjective and objective outcome measures
    • Differential diagnosis of hearing disorders, balance disorders, and tinnitus
    • Noise-induced hearing loss and hearing loss prevention
    • Pharmacology
    • Hearing and vestibular genomics
    • Acoustics and speech perception
    • Hearing and cognition (e.g., age-related hearing loss and cognitive decline)
    • All theoretical and clinical research areas associated with ears, hearing, and balance
    • All diagnostic techniques used clinically, especially in the adult population related to hearing and/or balance systems

    Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

    Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

    Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is the online peer-reviewed scholarly review journal of the SIGs. SIG 6 offers new self-study CE activities through Perspectives each year.

    Continuing Education

    Earn ASHA continuing education (CEUs) through

    • Self-study of Perspectives and pay the lowest processing fee to take the learning assessments
    • SIG sponsored Master Classes and one-hour sessions at the annual ASHA Convention.


    SIG 6 Affiliates have access to exclusive discussion forums/groups, which provide the opportunity to interact with other SIG Affiliates who share interest in hearing and balance sciences: research and clinical applications. Use ASHA's Member Directory to search for individuals by SIG affiliation. In addition, SIG 6 Affiliates can meet in person and online at an ASHA and SIG 6 sponsored events; typically each SIG hosts an Affiliates meeting at Convention and sponsors a virtual open house.

    Representation Within ASHA

    • The SIG 6 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
    • The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
    • Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.

    Additional Resources

    ASHA Web Resources

    Hearing Research Related Websites

    Coordinating Committee Members

    • 2023–2025 Coordinator: Hollea A. McClellan Ryan, University of Florida
    • 2024–2026 Editor: Saradha Ananthakrishnan, Towson University
    • 2023–2025 Professional Development Manager: Megan M. Cherry, Michigan Medicine
    • 2023–2025 Member-at Large: Jennifer E. Gonzalez, Mayo Clinic
    • 2024–2026 Member-at Large: Rebecca M Lewis, University of California, San Francisco
    • 2022–2024 Member-at-Large: Nicholas Stanley, Illinois State University
    • Ex Officio: Bria Rose Collins, Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA

    Editorial Board

    View the Editorial Board Roster for Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.

    Professional Development Committee

    • Megan M. Cherry, Professional Development Manager
    • Ashley G. Flagge
    • Skyler G. Jennings
    • Chris A. Sanford
    • Saradha Ananthakrishnan, Editor
    • Bria Rose Collins, Ex Officio

    Liaisons to the ASHA Board of Directors

    • Janice R. Trent, 2022–2024 Vice President for Audiology Practice
    • Ryan M. Lee James, 2024–2026 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

    ASHA Corporate Partners