Concern for Audiology Coverage I have been a member of NSSLHA since 2012 and will begin my AuD program at Pacific University this fall. I am genuinely concerned for ASHA’s lack of coverage of audiology. One of the primary reasons I have continued to renew my NSSLHA membership each year is to receive the ... Inbox
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Concern for Audiology Coverage
The ASHA Leader, August 2014, Vol. 19, 6. doi:10.1044/leader.IN5.19082014.6
The ASHA Leader, August 2014, Vol. 19, 6. doi:10.1044/leader.IN5.19082014.6
I have been a member of NSSLHA since 2012 and will begin my AuD program at Pacific University this fall. I am genuinely concerned for ASHA’s lack of coverage of audiology. One of the primary reasons I have continued to renew my NSSLHA membership each year is to receive the Leader. I am, of course, fascinated by the subject matter, particularly because there are not many other publications that focus on the careers of speech and hearing.
That said, I am continually disappointed each time I get the Leader because the coverage on audiology is bleak at best. In fact, in the most recent issue (June 2014) there was a half-page feature on how hearing loss may indeed contribute to lack of involvement in general aging populations. A half-page out of a 73-page magazine. What bothers me is that ASHA prides itself on representing speech and hearing professionals alike; however, at least from an outsider’s standpoint, it seems as though audiology is barely even an afterthought when it comes to exposure in the Leader or at the yearly ASHA convention.
This continual lack of an audiology presence in ASHA functions and publications will greatly determine whether or not I renew my membership because, quite frankly, I don’t feel like the profession of audiology is as valued as speech-language pathology. I know I share this concern with other audiology professionals and students.
I hope that my letter raises awareness for ASHA’s consideration and exposure to audiology in the future.
Josh Huppert, Beaverton, Ore.

Thank you for writing to express your concerns. Every Leader issue addresses audiology, with several each year featuring audiology-related cover stories—most recently last month’s article, “Getting Back to Life”. To peruse Leader coverage of audiology, search “audiology” at leader.pubs.asha.org.

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