About Special Interest Group 9, Pediatric Hearing and Hearing Disorders


To engage, inform, and connect a community of professionals who have interest in identifying, supporting, and maximizing the outcomes of the diverse pediatric population with hearing and balance disorders and differences. 


To be an interprofessional, collaborative community for the creation, exchange, and dissemination of evidence-based knowledge related to the prevention, identification, assessment, and treatment of hearing and balance disorders and differences during childhood and adolescence. 

Topic Areas 

  • Typical and atypical auditory and vestibular development 
  • Nature and etiologies of hearing loss in children, including the study of syndromes and genetics 
  • Prevention, screening, and diagnosis of hearing and balance disorders in infants and children 
  • Intervention and management of hearing and balance disorders 
  • Language and communication development and habilitation for infants and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing 
  • Selection, evaluation, and management of technology including hearing aids, implantable aids, hearing assistive technology (HAT), and cochlear implants (CIs) 
  • Educational audiology 
  • Service delivery models 
  • Outcomes measures 
  • Family and caregiver considerations 
  • Policy issues impacting children who are deaf or hard of hearing 
  • Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) 

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

Continuing Education

Earn ASHA continuing education units (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 9 Affiliates have access to exclusive discussion forums/groups, which provide the opportunity to interact with other SIG Affiliates who share interest in pediatric hearing and hearing disorders. Use ASHA's Member Directory to search for individuals by SIG affiliation. In addition, SIG 9 Affiliates can meet in person and online at an ASHA and SIG 9 sponsored events; typically each SIG hosts an Affiliates meeting at Convention and sponsors a virtual open house. 

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 9 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group on Childhood Hearing 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

  • 2021–2024 Coordinator: Kristina M. Blaiser, Idaho State University
  • 2020–2025 Editor: Cynthia McCormick Richburg, Wichita State University
  • 2024–2026 Professional Development Manager: Meredith L Spratford, Boys Town National Research Hospital
  • 2024–2026 Member-at-Large: Alliete R Alfano, Florida International University, The Alfano Center
  • 2023–2025 Member-at-Large: Carrie Spangler, Summit Educational Service Center
  • 2021–2024 Member-at-Large: Derek J Stiles, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Ex Officio: Regina E. Zappi, Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA

Editorial Board

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

Professional Development Committee

  • Meredith L. Spratford, Professional Development Manager
  • Kameron Carden
  • Madison Howe
  • Meaghan Foody
  • Julie Martinez Verhoff
  • Cynthia McCormick Richburg, Editor
  • Regina E. Zappi, 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