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Are You Passionate About Working With People With Hearing Loss?

by Rachel Glade
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Aural rehabilitation is a growing part of hearing health care. Joining SIG 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, is a chance to delve more into the research and meet like-minded colleagues.

  1. What would you say to encourage other colleagues to join SIG 7?

If you have an interest in networking with professionals around the globe who are passionate about working with people with hearing loss, SIG 7 is for you. The group has excellent discussions and great resources provided throughout the year.

  1. How has your involvement in this SIG improved your understanding of and engagement with the field of aural rehabilitation?

Involvement in the SIG has helped me to critically think not only about how aural rehabilitation is provided, but also how assessment and intervention can impact families and communities. Whether it is an interesting Perspectives article or an informative discussion, SIG 7 has created a family of lifetime learners who are passionate about the field of aural rehabilitation, and I am grateful to be a part of it.

  1. What is one hot topic discussed by your SIG that you feel the rest of your profession should know about?

My top five hot topics the SIG has discussed in the past year include:

  • Coding and reimbursement.
  • Counseling.
  • Cognitive screenings.
  • Interprofessional practice.
  • Cost-benefit analysis for hearing care services.
  1. What are the specific tangible benefits (access to Perspectives and the online community group, for example)? The less-tangible benefits?

Tangible benefits include access to Perspectives articles, the SIG 7 group in the ASHA community, online chats, continuing education opportunities and (of course) the affiliate luncheon at the ASHA Convention (if you haven’t been, I’d highly recommend it). Less tangible benefits include the multiple ways to network and build your professional family from afar. SIG affiliation enables you to post a question to the community or email a member of the SIG and have confidence that you will receive a thoughtful response.

  1. What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?

I really enjoyed Melanie Ferguson, David Maidment, Helen Henshaw and Rachel Gomez’s recent article, Knowledge is Power: Improving Outcomes for Patients, Partners, and Professionals in the Digital Age.” The study was a randomized control trial that showed the benefit of using a multimedia educational program (C2Hear, now freely available on YouTube) to aid people with hearing loss, their partners and their care teams.  It illustrates the value of integrating the educational technology in aural rehabilitation, not only for the individual with hearing loss, but also for frequent communication partners and care team members.

Rachel Glade, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the program director, communication sciences and disorders, University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic. She is president of the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ArkSHA).  She is an affiliate of SIG 7; SIG 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood; and SIG 10, Issues in Higher Education. rglade@uark.edu

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