About Perspectives and Its Editors

Perspectives is the online member publication for the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The SIGs began publishing newsletters for their affiliates in 1991. Those publications have expanded and evolved over the years and are now reviewed according to the criteria set forth by the Continuing Education Board of ASHA.

Further, all of the SIGs publish content on the graduate level for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, enabling readers to earn Continuing Education credits for self-study of Perspectives.

The content of Perspectives is subject to editorial review and continuing education review.

Perspectives is focused on narrow topics of interest to professionals practicing in or conducting research related to communications sciences and disorders. Typically, Perspectives is disorder-oriented (e.g., swallowing and swallowing disorders), though some SIGs focus on topics across disorders (e.g., gerontology or diversity) or that relate to pedagogy or supervision.

Each Perspectives boasts an Editor with special knowledge and expertise in the focus topics of that SIG. Each SIG's content is reviewed by a Continuing Education Content Manager and a standing Board of Reviewers who ensure that content meets requirements for ASHA continuing education self-studies.

About Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance

Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance (formerly Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology) is published once annually (November) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). It is the mission of the Special Interest Group of Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance to promote a transdisciplinary approach to addressing public health issues related to hearing and balance. The goal is to be inclusive across the life span and cultural groups, and to address topics including hearing conservation (e.g., military, industrial, recreational), sudden hearing loss, forensic audiology, and epidemiologic and sociologic issues.


Jeffery B Larsen, Utah State University

Professional Development Manager

Tina Penman, Portland VA Center

Production Editor

Victoria Davis, Publications, ASHA

Advertising Sales

Pamela J. Leppin, Director, Advertising Sales, ASHA

2016 Coordinating Committee

SIG Coordinator

Christa Themann, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Associate Coordinator

Robera Aungst, Audiology Consultant, Cape May, New Jersey

Vickie L Tuten, US Army

Richard Tyler, University of Iowa

ASHA Board of Directors Board Liaisons

Robert C. Fifer, Vice President for Audiology Practice

Sandra Laing Gillam, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

Ex Officio

Pamela Mason, Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA

2016 List of Reviewers

Jeffery B. Larson, Editor

Tina M Penman, Professional Development Manager

Pamela A Mason, Ex Officio

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