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About Special Interest Group 7, Auditory Rehabilitation

Vision

To support and connect an active community of professionals who maximize communication and quality of life across a range of abilities related to hearing and other functions of the ear through shared knowledge and resources. 

Mission

To promote comprehensive, culturally sensitive, evidence-based, and patient/person/family-centered auditory rehabilitation practices by audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

Goals

To meet its mission, SIG 7 will strive to attain the following goals:

  • Advocate within ASHA wherein we advise and make recommendations about policies, procedures, and guidelines relating to AR.
  • Promote federal and state policies regarding reimbursement services for AR.
  • Disseminate information to the public that highlights the contributions of audiologists and speech-language pathologists to the health and well-being of individuals served and their families.
  • Encourage interprofessional communication and practices as an important part of AR.
  • Provide a forum for identifying research needs, exchanging ideas, and sharing information to facilitate evidenced-based practices in AR.
  • Plan and conduct continuing education for SIG Affiliates and other segments of the Association.

Topic Areas 

SIG 7 provides an opportunity for Affiliates to discuss, learn, and share ideas about topical areas that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Counseling for psychosocial factors unique to individuals and families affected by auditory, tinnitus, and/or vestibular conditions 
  • Selection, evaluation, and management of sensory aids (including hearing aids) and implantable devices 
  • Auditory, visual, and/or auditory visual training  
  • Speech perception and production intervention for people with hearing loss  
  • Communication facilitation and repair strategies for people with hearing loss and their communication partners  
  • Tinnitus management  
  • Vestibular rehabilitation  
  • Habilitation and rehabilitation of auditory processing abilities 
  • Cognitive and linguistic intervention for people with hearing loss  
  • Treatment and intervention service delivery, including interprofessional practice, patient- and family-centered care, and innovative models 
  • Science of auditory rehabilitation, including theory, measurement of outcomes, clinical practice research, and dissemination of evidence-based practices 
  • Policy issues and advocacy, including advancing equity, inclusion, and access to culturally competent auditory rehabilitation (AR) 

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 7 offers new self-study CE activities through Perspectives each year. 

Online Chats

SIGs sponsor live online chats. These events feature topic experts who answer questions from the audience. All ASHA and NSSLHA members may attend. Live online chats are not eligible for CEUs. Archived chats can be accessed online.

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. 

Networking

SIG 7 Affiliates have access to exclusive discussion forums/groups, which provide the opportunity to interact with other SIG Affiliates who share interest in auditory rehabilitation. Use ASHA's Member Directory to search for individuals by SIG affiliation. In addition, SIG 7 Affiliates can meet in person and online at an ASHA and SIG 7 sponsored events; typically each SIG hosts an Affiliates meeting at Convention and sponsors a virtual open house. 

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 7 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation 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.

Coordinating Committee Members

  • 2020–2022 Coordinator: Elizabeth L. Humphrey, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • 2020–2022 Associate Coordinator: Jani A. Johnson, University of Memphis
  • 2019–2021 Editor: Jessica R. Sullivan, Hampton University
  • 2021–2023 Professional Development Manager: Nicole L. Marrone, University of Arizona
  • 2019–2021 Member-at-Large: Rachel E. Glade, University of Arkansas
  • 2020–2022 Member-at-Large: Christin Ray, Ohio State University
  • Ex Officio: Paul K. Farrell, Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA

Editorial Board

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

Professional Development Committee

  • Nicole L. Marrone, Professional Development Manager
  • Judith A. L. Curtin
  • Karen J. Kushla
  • Jessica R. Sullivan, Editor
  • Paul K. Farrell, Ex Officio

Liaisons to the ASHA Board of Directors

  • Sharon Sandridge, 2019–2021 Vice President for Audiology Practice
  • Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, 2021–2023 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

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