August 1, 2013 Departments

Spotlight on Special Interest Group 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation

When was Special Interest Group 7 founded?

SIG 7 (then Special Interest Division 7) was established in 1991.

How many ASHA members affiliate with SIG 7?

As of June 2013, SIG 7 has 298 affiliates.

Why should members affiliate with SIG 7?

Health care is transitioning away from the traditional medical model to a patient-centered approach. Patient-centered care results in better adherence to rehabilitation protocols, especially for chronic health conditions that may include hearing loss. For many ASHA members not familiar with patient-centered care, SIG 7 can be a valuable resource for learning about key concepts and their clinical application. Affiliating with SIG 7 helps ASHA members stay up to date with innovations and evidence-based practices in aural rehabilitation, and to establish connections with people with mutual professional interests. 

How does SIG 7 affect the membership at large?

SIG 7 fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between clinicians, researchers, audiologists and speech-language pathologists who are concerned with the impact of hearing loss. We serve as a resource to ASHA when guidance is needed on hearing rehabilitation, and we are a link to other professional organizations interested in the management of hearing loss, such as the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology.

What are two benefits of affiliating with SIG 7 that everyone should know about?

Being a part of the SIG 7 community allows you to share information and ideas with your colleagues interested in aural rehabilitation. SIG 7 affiliates have access to Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, published twice yearly. Affiliates also have exclusive access to the SIG 7 annotated bibliography, which includes more than 1,600 references on published work related to aural rehabilitation and counseling. It is a valuable resource that includes original sources as well as a summary of each citation, and can help guide members in their efforts to research aural rehabilitation topics across a broad spectrum of sources. In addition, SIG 7 sponsors a short course and seminar at the ASHA convention. SIG 7 affiliates receive discounted registration to these events.

Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?

Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation offers many excellent papers for SIG 7 affiliates. Our January 2013 issue includes a paper by Melanie Gregory that is a must-read. The article describes practical tools to help clinicians provide patient-centered care in everyday clinical practice.

Kathleen M. Cienkowski, PhD, CCC-A, is an associate professor and program director of audiology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and SIG 7 associate coordinator.

cite as: Cienkowski, K. M. (2013, August 01). Spotlight on Special Interest Group 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation. The ASHA Leader.


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