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About Special Interest Group 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood


An engaged and active community of clinicians, educators, researchers, and students collaborating to enhance communication outcomes of children who are deaf and hard of hearing or who have other auditory/vestibular-related disorders.


To serve as a venue for the exchange of information and ideas related to communication outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have other auditory/vestibular-related disorders.

Specifically, SIG 9 aims to:

  • provide a forum for communicating about resources and information related to childhood hearing loss and related disorders,
  • promote excellence in evidence-based clinical practice for children with hearing disorders and their families,
  • assist with the development and dissemination of basic and applied research for children who are deaf and hard of hearing as well as other auditory and vestibular disorders, and
  • promote interprofessional collaborative practice and education.

Study Topics

SIG 9 provides you with an opportunity for learning, communication, exchange of information and ideas, and a unified voice within ASHA. Areas for study, discussion, and review include, but are not limited to:

  • Normal/abnormal auditory development
  • Nature and etiologies of hearing loss in children, including the study of syndromes and genetics
  • Prevention, screening, and diagnosis of hearing and vestibular disorders in infants and children 
  • Treatment and management of hearing and vestibular disorders
  • Outcomes measures
  • Communication development and habilitation for infants and young children with hearing loss
  • Educational audiology
  • Selection, evaluation, and management of technology including hearing aids, implantable aids, hearing assistive technology (HAT), and cochlear implants
  • Family and parenting considerations
  • Policy issues impacting on deaf and hard of hearing children 

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.  

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

  • The SIG sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education credit by completing self-study questions related to those articles. SIG affiliates may complete the self-study for a $5 processing fee.
  • Short Course: SIG affiliates are eligible for a 50% discount on select Short Courses at the ASHA Convention.


SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in hearing and hearing disorders in childhood:

  • SIG 9 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to hearing and hearing disorders in childhood.
  • SIG 9 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

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

  • 2018–2020 Coordinator: James J. Mahshie, George Washington University
  • 2020–2022 Associate Coordinator: Kristina M. Blaiser, Idaho State University
  • 2020–2022 Professional Development Manager: Becky C. Clem, Cook Children's Medical Center
  • 2020–2022 Member-at-Large: Elizabeth C. Walker, University of Iowa
  • 2020 Member-at-Large: Andrea D. Warner-Czyz, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • 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

  • Becky C. Clem, Professional Development Manager
  • Sophie E. Ambrose
  • Katie R. Brennan
  • Lisa R. Cannon
  • Melissa Ferrello
  • Elizabeth S. Preston
  • Nanette Thompson
  • Regina E. Zappi, Ex Officio

Liaisons to the ASHA Board of Directors

  • Sharon Sandridge, 2019–2021 Vice President for Audiology Practice
  • Marie C. Ireland, 2018–2020 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

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