December 1, 2013 Departments

Spotlight on Special Interest Group 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics

When was SIG 6 founded?

Special Interest Group 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics was established in 1991. The first Perspectives issue was published in October 1997.

How many members are affiliates of SIG 6?

As of October 2013, there are 301 SIG 6 affiliates.

Why should ASHA members affiliate with SIG 6?

SIG 6 serves as a source of information, advocacy and collaboration for those involved in the field of audiology. Up-to-date research, clinical and professional information is available through our Perspectives issues, which we publish biannually in April and November. SIG 6 also sponsors continuing education opportunities at the ASHA convention each year.

SIG 6 affiliates provide input to ASHA leadership through the SIG Coordinating Committee. The coordinator represents the committee and affiliates on the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators. The board, in turn, provides recommendations to the ASHA Board of Directors through the vice president for audiology practice.

SIG 6 affiliates can communicate with each other through our online community. When clinical, research or professional questions arise, experts in the field are readily available to discuss them. This communication can especially benefit new clinicians and faculty beginning their careers.

How does SIG 6 affect the membership at large?

SIG 6 encourages and promotes the interests of audiology clinicians and researchers. Therefore, we provide an excellent forum for creating and maintaining communication, collaboration and personal networks. However, our work and influence are not limited only to ASHA's audiologist members. We are a useful source of help and information for ASHA's speech-language pathologist members, who may find clients with auditory reception problems on their caseloads. This help and information can be in the form of the research and educational articles published in Perspectives, or individual assistance with a particular patient.

What are two benefits of affiliating with SIG 6 that everyone should know about?

The continuing education opportunities offered by SIG 6, including Perspectives issues and ASHA convention sessions, are very important and well known. However, two other benefits of affiliation are often overlooked. One is the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals with similar interests and goals. The other is the opportunity to become more involved with ASHA. Becoming a SIG affiliate is an excellent entry point for those who have this desire. During the past year, two new affiliates of SIG 6 took part in ASHA's Leadership Development Program for audiologists.

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

During the past year we have published articles covering a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from music perception to the effects of head trauma on the auditory system. It is difficult to single out an article as a "must-read," because they are all valuable and important in their own way. Kate Gfeller contributed an article, "Music Perception of Cochlear Implant Recipients and Implications for Counseling and (Re)habilitation [PDF]," that provided useful clinical information on music perception by cochlear implant users. The April 2014 issue of Perspectives will cover innovations in hearing health care.

Robert Moore, PhD, CCC-A, is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He is coordinator of Special Interest Group 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics.

cite as: Moore, R. (2013, December 01). Spotlight on Special Interest Group 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics. The ASHA Leader.


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