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ASHA Voices Rings in the New Year and Looks Back at Our Beginnings

by J.D. Gray
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Happy New Year, ASHA Voices’ listeners! We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready to tackle 2020. We certainly can’t wait to bring you more discussions about audiology and speech-language pathology—conversations about how we communicate and how communication changes our lives. We’re excited about what’s in store, and we hope you’ll join the conversation.

We’ll be back on Jan. 16 with a full episode, but until then, listen to a sampling of what you can expect this year:

In upcoming episodes, you can expect to hear from researchers exploring ways to reverse hearing loss. We’ll also talk about race with Ijeoma Oluo, author of “So You Want to Talk about Race.” And we’ll discuss the key role food and eating play in our lives and what that means for dealing with dysphagia.

Read full transcript fo ASHA Voices 2020 Preview. 

As you look forward to this new year, what issues and topics do you want us to cover on ASHA Voices? Let us know at podcast@asha.org.

Did you get to listen to all nine episodes of ASHA Voices produced last year? If you missed one or want to take another listen, check out these highlights: 

In the Beginning…

Where does communication sciences and disorders intersect with the justice system?

In our first episode, we spoke with two SLPs about how speech-language treatment could help students when they interact with law enforcement. Then, we were joined by a former police lieutenant who trains young adults with autism, and police officers, on how to de-escalate police encounters, like during a traffic stop.

A Fan Favorite

Nima Mesgarani is a neural engineer, and as a part of Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, he examines how we communicate. In our conversation, Nima talked about the exciting research he is doing that could one day help people using hearing devices to better hear a specific voice in a crowd. Listen in to find how Nima discovered the “cocktail-party solution.”

Following the Beat

A personal favorite of mine: Researcher Reed Blaylock and his former colleague and present-day beatboxer Nimisha Patel drop by the show to tell us what they learned about the human voice when examining MRIs of beatboxers. And, they provided me with some simple beatboxing training. I’m still working on that …

ASHA Voices  publishes episodes every other Thursday on the Leader Live blog and are available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Questions or comments? Email  podcast@asha.org or call 301-296-5804. 

J.D. Gray is editor/producer for ASHA Voices. jgray@asha.org. 

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