Special Interest Group 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics I joined SIG 6 as a graduate student to increase my awareness of audiology research and best practices. I wanted to join because I realized there are many different facets to audiology, and it helped me find what was the most interesting to me. Being involved in the ... SIG Spotlight
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Special Interest Group 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics
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  • Chasity Moore, AuD, CCC-A, is an affiliate of SIG 6 and a member of its Professional Development Committee. She works at Starkey Hearing Technologies as an outside government territory manager. chasity_moore@starkey.com
    Chasity Moore, AuD, CCC-A, is an affiliate of SIG 6 and a member of its Professional Development Committee. She works at Starkey Hearing Technologies as an outside government territory manager. chasity_moore@starkey.com×
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Hearing Disorders / SIG Spotlight
SIG Spotlight   |   January 01, 2017
Special Interest Group 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics
The ASHA Leader, January 2017, Vol. 22, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.22012017.np
The ASHA Leader, January 2017, Vol. 22, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.22012017.np
When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join?
I joined SIG 6 as a graduate student to increase my awareness of audiology research and best practices. I wanted to join because I realized there are many different facets to audiology, and it helped me find what was the most interesting to me.
How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career?
Being involved in the SIG has helped me grow professionally by keeping me informed and active in my career. I’ve had access to amazing research and networking opportunities that I may not have had otherwise. It has given me [access to] a wide range of audiology professionals, who answer my questions, allow me to bounce ideas off them, and provide mentorship or advice.
How do you carve out time to volunteer with the SIG while working in your full-time job and balancing other commitments? What advice would you give to someone who’d like to get more involved in the SIG, including how you get support from your supervisor/institution?
I’d encourage all of my fellow AuD peeps to get involved. It requires a minimum amount of time and most items can be accomplished by email. I’m fortunate to work for a great company that supports and encourages professional involvement. I always let them know my commitments upfront and help keep my co-workers up to date on current issues.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
ASHA’s next online audiology conference, “Cutting-Edge Perspectives in Service Delivery for Older Adults,” will take place in October 2017. Some of the topics that will be covered: co-morbid conditions to consider, danger of untreated hearing loss on cognition, synergistic effects of polypharmacology on patient treatment, importance of building trust and person-centered care, comprehensive aural rehabilitation using interprofessional practice, communication skills necessary in palliative care, and future directions of research with hearing loss treatment in older populations.
What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?
My favorite recent article is “The Developing Relationship Among Cognition, Amplification, and Aural Rehabilitation” by Jeffrey J. DiGiovanni and Travis L. Riffle from October 2016. I liked this article because it accurately demonstrates how complicated hearing loss and its treatment are. I find there is a common misconception that getting hearing aids solves everything. It’s frustrating because we do so much more as audiologists.
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February 4, 2017
Keith Wolgemuth
Thanks for Sharing the Article and I Have a Question
Hi Chastity,

I wanted to thank you for referencing the article on cognition and hearing loss to make everyone aware. I recently read it too and found it most interesting! It is an area I think we have long neglected in dispensing hearing aids to our older patients. And also, I have a question for both you and Starkey Hearing Aids re: a mission program we have started at Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA...near Los Angeles) in Baja, Mexico recently.

I am looking for donations of refurbished hearing aids or to purchase some at a fair price to support our services at a clinic and orphanages down there. I am hoping you can provide some info or maybe point me in the right direction as to who I could speak with at Starkey concerning this. Thanks for being a SIG 6 member and doing this ASHA Leader article, welcome to the "audiologist family!"

Dr. Keith Wolgemuth
Associate Professor and Program Manager
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA 92373
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