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  • 28 Feb 2014 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear ISHA members, 

    On Monday February 24, 2014 the Hearing Aids Bill (HB 1139) Passed in the Indiana Senate Commerce, Economic Development & Technology Committee.

    Thank you for all the support you provided so far! Next step is the Senate!

    You can track the Bill at

    Thank you,

    Hala Elsisy

    ISHA VP of Audiology
  • 19 Feb 2014 11:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Thursday, January 30, the House passed HB1139 with little opposition (88-8).


    HB 1139 would prohibit the sale, lease, or rental of a hearing aid in Indiana unless the hearing aid is fitted and adjusted by a hearing aid dealer or audiologist.


    The Bill was amended with HB 1337, which would require a study of the cost of a state program or insurance to provide hearing aids for children.


    ISHA has taken a position in support of HB 1139 and two of our audiology members, Susan Lopez and Deb Liebrich, provided crucial testimony in the House Public Health Committee in support of the Bill.


    We are thankful for ISHA members who testified and for members who contacted their state representatives and urged them to support HB1139.


    A copy of the bill can be viewed by using the following link:


    The Bill has moved to the senate and is scheduled for a hearing on Monday February 24 at 10:100 am in the Senate Commerce, Economic Development & Technology Committee


    Now it's time to contact your senator in the Senate Commerce, Economic Development & Technology Committee before 10:00 am on Monday February 24, 2014


    You need to simply ask your senator to support HB 1139. If you want to add a rationale, feel free to do so.


    You can contact your senator by either of the following ways:

          You can email your senator using the email address below.

          You can telephone your senator using the telephone number below.


    Senate Commerce, Economic Development &
    Technology Committee

    Sen. Jim Buck, Chair


    Sen. Ron Grooms


    Sen. Allen Paul


    Sen. Jim Smith


    Sen. Greg Walker


    Sen. Brent Waltz


    Sen. Mike Young


    Sen. John Broden


    Sen. Frank Mrvan


    Sen. Greg Taylor



    Thank you, 

    Hala Elsisy

    ISHA VP of Audiology

  • 06 Feb 2014 5:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Directed by Tricia Regan, 2007

    Autism: The Musical follows five children with autism, their parents, and the extraordinary acting coach Elaine Hall as they improbably and heroically mount a full-length original stage production. Through trial and error, tears and laughter, these incredible families learn to communicate their feelings in song and performance, finding solace and joy in the act of creating.


    A veritable feast of astounding breakthroughs and heartbreaking hardship, this spellbinding film is a musical celebration of kids living with this increasingly prevalent disorder. Director Tricia Regan vividly captures the individual personalities and problems of each child, from precocious Henry who talks a mile-a-minute about dinosaurs to Neal, a sensitive and articulate boy who nonetheless struggles to speak at all. The parents, too, are fascinating studies in unconditional love, especially Elaine, the mastermind behind the musical and mother of Neal.


    A consciousness-raising and empathetic portrait of children and their families living with autism, Autism: The Musical celebrates the spark of humanity in each of us. “Moving, dramatic, therapeutic and unburdened by reliance on talking heads” (Variety), this film will change the way you look at autism.


    Bonus Features

    Companion Guide; Deleted Scenes; About Autism Speaks; About the Miracle Project; Filmmaker Biography



    Elaine has appeared on CNN, CBS, Oprah Radio, NPR, and featured in The LA Times, the Boston Globe, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Her memoir, Now I See the Moon, was chosen by the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day 2011 and as selected reading by the International Jewish Disability Awareness Month Consortium, February 2013.


    A champion for Inclusion, she is an international keynote speaker, a workshop leader, blogs for the Huffington Post and LA Parent Magazine, and was an invited to speaker at The United Nations for World Autism Awareness Month 2009, 2011 and 2013.  In 2013, her son joined her at The United Nations using assistive technology to present to an audience of over 400 people.


    Through her personal experience with her son, “Coach E!” helped develop methods to create The Miracle Project. This groundbreaking theatre-based socialization program is featured in the Emmy winning HBO film, AUTISM: The Musical 


    For more info on The Miracle Project visit


    ISHA Convention Sessions with Elaine Hall

    Keynote Session: Thursday April 3rd, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am

    Be The Change: Confessions of an Accidental Activist

    Thursday April 3rd, 2014 1:30pm – 3:00 pm

    Using Music, Movement, Theatre and Art to Enhance Communication and Foster Inclusion

    ISHA Movie Night on Thursday April 3rd, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    AUTISM: The Musical


    Don’t miss the opportunity to view Autism: The Musical and book signing with ISHA’s 2014 Convention Keynote Speaker, Elaine Hall!


  • 28 Jan 2014 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    January 26, 2014

    Indiana Speech-Language Pathologists,


    Multiple concerns were brought to the attention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ISHA’s) Executive Council this past year concerning the use of emergency permits for communication disorders in Indiana.  This past December (2013), Ruth Ann Morrell, ISHA President, and myself met with a representative from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to discuss the concerns.


    It should be noted that less than 45 individuals currently hold an emergency permit in Communication Disorders in Indiana.  This number is substantially less than in past years. 


    Also, the IDOE and ISHA were in agreement to include our Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) --Indiana Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board -- Indiana Code (IC 25-35.6-1-8.5) specific to emergency communication disorder permit regulations on the IDOE’s website with their emergency permit information.  This is a cooperative effort for transparency about what is specifically required for individuals attempting to obtain an emergency permit in communication disorders.  The goal is for individuals applying for an emergency permit AND for administrators hiring individuals on an emergency permit to have access to IDOE and IPLA requirements and regulations in one location to minimize any misunderstanding or lack of knowledge about the qualifications required, and restrictions imposed, for an individual issued an emergency permit in communication disorders in Indiana.


    Please see the recently updated IDOE website below (as of 1/7/14):



    Rachel Ross-Kroemer, M.A., CCC-SLP

    ISHA President-Elect

  • 05 Dec 2013 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Source:  Purdue SLHA Newsletter, Volume 13


    Zambia is a big country with only one audiologist. Purdue Alum Alfred Mwamba went back to his homeland to practice audiology, and this May, Professors Lata Krishnan and Jennifer Simpson took our first class of 12 students to Zambia. The Zambia experience was the most exciting time of their lives during the inaugural SLHS Study Abroad program called simply “SLHS in Zambia”! After more than 18 months of planning and preparation including an exploratory trip to Zambia in June 2012, Clinical Professors Krishnan and Simpson provided classes and hands-on labs at Purdue to orient and prepare students for the clinical activities planned. Finally, the group which included 8 undergraduate students and 4 graduate students departed the USA on May 17, 2013.


    While in Zambia, the team worked with multiple community partner organizations including Beit Cure Hospital, Special Hope Network, a non-profit organization that provides much-needed therapy services to children with intellectual disabilities, and Cheshire Homes, a non-profit organization that provides therapy and educational services to children with physical disabilities.  Undergraduate students who have never participated in clinical activities had the opportunity to provide hearing screenings and to assess hearing of children.  Graduate students appreciated their opportunity to see a large number of children (~450) with a variety of ear disorders in a short duration of time and also enjoyed mentoring the undergraduate students.  All students also had a great time meeting the group of students in Special Education from the University of Zambia and sharing a wonderful cultural exchange. Of course, all this service learning was interspersed with relaxing activities such as the weekend trip to see the mighty Victoria Falls and enjoy a safari as well as shorter half day trips to nearby parks.


    Overall, all 12 students said they learned more than they ever expected or imagined in the two weeks that we were in Zambia. For more information read our blog at which includes details of our daily activities and for updates like our Facebook page at!/PurdueUniversitySlhsStudyAbroad

  • 04 Dec 2013 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Photo credit:  jkozik at

    Judith Page has been elected President-Elect of ASHA. She tells us “I‟m excited – and honored to have been elected. Thanks to Purdue for giving me a great start!!” Dr. Page received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, her master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and her Ph.D. from Purdue University.  She is an associate professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky, served as program Director for Communication Sciences and Disorders for 17 years and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences for 10 years.  Prior to accepting an academic position, Dr. Page provided evaluations and intervention in a public school setting.  Her clinical, teaching, and research areas include research methods, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and language intervention strategies for individuals with complex communication needs.

    Source:  This is a repost from the Purdue SLHS Fall Newsletter, Volume 13

    SPECIAL NOTE:  Great News!  Dr. Page is a scheduled speaker at the 2014 ISHA Annual Convention!

  • 03 Dec 2013 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact Congress Today!

    On November 13, 2013 Senators Harkin (D-IA) and Heller (R-NV) introduced the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act, S. 1694, in the Senate. This legislation provides a non-refundable $500 tax credit for the purchase of a hearing aid, or $1,000 if two are needed, once every five years. The legislation is not intended to cover the full cost of hearing aids, but to provide some measure of financial assistance to those who have the greatest need for these devices but are unable to afford them.

    This legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1317) on March 31st, 2013 by Representative Tom Latham (R-IA-3).

    For additional information, view ASHA’s Issue Brief on the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit or contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director of federal and political advocacy, at

    To send a message to your US Senators and Representatives or to read the entire article, please click the following link: Contact Congress Today!

  • 02 Dec 2013 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ruth Ann Morrell with all the NSSLHA officers

    This week, Purdue’s Chapter of NSSLHA was honored to have Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s President Ruth Ann Morrell speak to us about what ISHA has to offer for students.  This was the first time our chapter had the opportunity to host Ms. Morrell; and although it has been free to join ISHA; students didn’t have a clear idea of what that entailed.  As a Purdue graduate, Ms. Morrell’s enthusiasm toward our students was through the roof and will inspire many of our members to join ISHA.  It was exciting to learn more about resources available through ISHA such as volunteering at the annual ISHA conference to weekly newsletters, and these resources are ever-growing.  Ms. Morrell was ecstatic to hear what needs the students have, such as education about passing the GRE and Praxis exam, and how students like us can become more involved.  She also translated well why it’s important to remain involved in ISHA beyond graduation. Personally, a big takeaway from her presentation was how we as Speech-Pathologists and Audiologist can be advocates for ourselves through government legislation. We all strive to be advocates for those with communication disorders, and it is just as important to take action and become advocates for the profession itself, so our scope of practice keeps its dignity and the community is well served. Overall, Ms. Morrell also inspired us to continue to work as a team of students and professionals, but as Speech-Pathologists and Audiologists as well; providing the needs, the community as well as the profession, needs to strive brightly into the future.

    This blog was written and submitted by Rachel Platt, Purdue University NSSLHA Corresponding Secretary. 

  • 26 Nov 2013 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Published on Monday, 18 November 2013 16:44

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released on November 7 a draft Guidance Document that, when finalized, is designed to further clarify the regulatory distinctions between hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). The original language defining PSAPs by the Agency was issued in its February 2009 Guidance for the Industry and FDA Staff.

    The latest Guidance document on hearing aids and PSAPs does not depart significantly from the definitions previously set forth by the FDA in 2009. The Agency regulates hearing aids as medical devices, while PSAPs are designed to enhance normal hearing rather than to address hearing loss and are therefore not subject to FDA regulation. However, the Agency in its original 2009 Guidance banned the marketing of PSAPs as hearing aids, with the intent to prohibit PSAP manufacturers from targeting hearing-impaired individuals.

    It would appear that the latest Guidance Document takes a tougher stance on those PSAP manufacturers that market their products to hearing-impaired consumers and use subtle (and not so subtle) references to their hearing loss. The Draft Guidance emphasizes that “FDA relies on the intended use of each product to determine whether it is a medical device or an electronic product.” The Agency lists a variety of potential claims and language that would establish an intended use as a medical device such as:

    · A description of the types and severity of hearing loss;

    · A description of listening situations that are typically associated with and indicative of hearing loss; and

    · Wording to suggest that the product is an alternative to a hearing aid.

    Specifically, the Guidance document defines hearing aids and PSAPs as:

    Hearing aids.Hearing aids are still defined by FDA as wearable sound amplification devices intended to compensate for a hearing loss, covering both air and bone conduction and essentially all styles of hearing aids (eg, BTEs, RICs, ITEs, CICs, etc). The Draft Guidance document describes the current three categories of Class I and Class II devices relative to premarket review and clearance prior to marketing the products:

    1) Class I devices which are all exempt from FDA premarket review and clearance;

    2) Class II devices that are exempt from premarket review and clearance;


    3) Class II devices that require premarket review and clearance.

    The regulatory definition for generic hearing aids (air and bone conduction devices) falls under #1 above; wireless air-conduction hearing aids fall under #2 above, and have various special controls for items such as electromagnetic compatibility, design, labeling, etc; and systems like transcutaneous air conduction hearing aid systems fall into #3 above.

    The document describes how all hearing aids are subject to various FDA requirements, such as the currently established patient and professional labeling requirements (eg, provision of the User Instructional Brochure), the physicians’ statement of medical evaluation or waiver, and standard conditions of sale for dispensing professionals (eg, retaining records of medical evaluation statements and waivers for a 3-year period following the dispensing of an aid).

    PSAPs.The Draft Guidance document states that “PSAPs are intended to amplify environmental sound for non-hearing impaired consumers” and are not subject to FDA regulation. However, the document also goes on to say:

    “Examples of listening situations that are typically associated with and indicative of hearing loss include: difficulty listening to another person nearby, difficulty understanding conversations in crowded rooms, difficulty understanding movie dialogue in a theater, difficulty listening to lectures in an otherwise quiet room, difficulty hearing the phone or doorbell ring, or difficulty listening in situations in which environmental noise might interfere with speech intelligibility. Products making these or similar claims should not be considered PSAPs. In addition, products that are sold as an “over the counter” alternative or substitute for a hearing aid should not be considered PSAPs. Because PSAPs are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate disease and do not alter the structure or function of the body, they are not devices as defined in the FD&C Act. As such, there is no regulatory classification, product code, or definition for these products. Furthermore, there are no requirements for registration of manufacturers or listing of these products with FDA.”

    PSAPs are not subject to the same regulations as hearing aids. However, PSAPs are subject to provisions in the 1968 Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act, and must report defects and adverse events and take other measures prescribed. They must also comply with requirements for repurchase, repair, or replacement of electronic products as set forth by 21 CFR Parts 1000, 1003, and 1004.

    Comment period.The document states that the Draft Guidance contains non-binding recommendations, but, when finalized, will represent its current thinking on the topic. Written comments and suggestions may be submitted to the Agency within 90 days of the announcement of the document in the Federal Registry (published November 7).

    FDA also publishes new Consumer Update. On November 6, the day before issuing the above described Draft Guidance document, FDA issued a Consumer Update titled “Hearing Loss Signals Need for Diagnosis” about the perils of delaying the diagnosis of a treatable or serious ear condition. The document covers why some hearing losses could be life threatening, the difference between hearing aids and PSAPs, and facts that consumers should be aware of before purchasing a hearing aid, including the difference between an audiologist and hearing aid dispenser, and other advice for seeking hearing help.


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  • 22 Nov 2013 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Medicare outpatient therapy cap exceptions process expires on December 31, 2013. Without Congressional action, patients will be faced with a hard cap on outpatient therapy services in 2014. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Therapy Cap Coalitionundefineda group of almost 50 associations, organizations, and patient and consumer groupsundefinedare working together to prevent the therapy cap from going into effect, but we need your help!


    Congress has introduced a proposal to reform the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which does not include repealing the Medicare therapy cap. If Congress passes legislation addressing the SGR formula, but does not include a repeal of the Medicare therapy cap, it is likely that patients will face a hard cap on outpatient therapy services in 2014. Contact your members of Congress TODAY and ask them to include a full repeal of the Medicare therapy cap in the SGR reform legislation orundefinedat the very leastundefinedextend the exceptions process. Don’t let them forget about the beneficiaries and the harm that the Medicare therapy cap will cause!


    For more information on this issue, please visit ASHA’s Therapy Cap Advocacy Center or view ASHA’s issue brief on the Medicare Outpatient Therapy Cap. Please contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director of federal and political advocacy, at with questions.


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