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  • 27 May 2014 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    APRIL 23-25, 2015 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
    ...more details coming soon!
  • 21 Apr 2014 12:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a fellow audiologist and member of ASHA, I am writing to let you know about some disturbing developments happening within the hearing aid dispensing profession at the State and Federal levels. Hearing aid dispensers are trying to drastically expand their scope of practice and this will potentially cause harm to patients.

    Hearing aid dispensers are only required to have a
    GED in most states, yet lawmakers are being led to believe that dispensers are qualified to interpret tests, refer for cochlear implants, rehab and medical intervention, determine candidacy for tinnitus management, provide tinnitus management, and administer cerumen management. All this without the supervision of an audiologist!

    Please read this quote from the International Hearing Society's Executive Director:

    "Contrary to outdated and inaccurate perceptions hearing aid specialists do not simply fit and 'sell' hearing aids, but are full-fledged hearing care providers. As they move into independent practice, hearing aid specialists typically have as much, if not more experience performing hearing evaluations and fitting and dispensing hearing aids than an average new AuD program graduate."
    –Kathleen Mennillo, Executive Director, International Hearing Society

    We need your help TODAY!*
    This used to be a state issue, but now we're seeing this 'scope creep' at the federal level. Recently, some Congressmen introduced legislation that would allow for the appointment of hearing aid specialists to the Veterans Health Administration, believing that this legislation would address problems associated with long wait times for hearing aids and hearing health care services. The International Hearing Society is financing this campaign.

    But the
    VA already has the authority to hire hearing aid specialists as technicians that work under the direction of an audiologist. This legislation is a Trojan Horse designed to expand their scope in other parts of the federal government and throughout the country. They seek to position themselves as the provider of choice for dispensing hearing aids.

    Your profession, practices, and patients' safety are at stake! Please help ASHA-PAC
    fight this overreach TODAY!

    I encourage you to support ASHA-PAC. ASHA-PAC is the strongest tool we have to combat legislation that threatens our profession and the wellbeing of our patients. Please contribute to ASHA-PAC today.

    Julie Verhoff, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A
    Chair, ASHA-PAC
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

  • 14 Apr 2014 2:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here is an overview of what the Ball State NSSLHA Chapter has been doing this academic year! In October some of our members went to the Whispering Pines Equestrian Center and helped out with therapeutic horseback riding. The NSSLHA members helped brush off the horses and got them ready to ride. They walked alongside the horses holding the children on the horses to help with the therapy.


    For Thanksgiving and Christmas we had a food drive and the proceeds went to Second Harvest Food Bank in Muncie. We also had a clothing drive and asked members to bring in clothing items they no longer wore and then we donated the clothes to Muncie Missions. We also made Thanksgiving and Christmas cards which we sent to Elmcroft Nursing Home here in Muncie.


    During January, February, March, and April we have scheduled game nights with the Elmcroft Nursing Home. Some of our members have gone to play games such as “Spoons” and “Uno” with the members of the nursing home and have made some special friends. We will also be playing “Bingo” and “Headbandz” at our upcoming game nights at Elmcroft. The NSSLHA members are currently helping the SPAA department get ready for the end of the year honors banquet.


    At our previous meeting some of the NSSLHA members took a photo thanking President JoAnn Gora for her time here at the University! At our last meeting of the year we will be holding elections for the executive board. We are all very excited to see what the 2014-2015 academic year brings to our Ball State NSSLHA Chapter!



  • 01 Apr 2014 4:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you know?  ISHA is giving away a GOOGLE MINI TABLET at the ISHA Business Meeting which begins on Thursday at Convention!  Get your ticket to win as you enter Veteran’s Hall.  The meeting starts at 8:00 am.

  • 28 Mar 2014 5:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    ASHA Action Alert: Stop Legislation That Would Recognize Hearing Aid Specialists as Providers in the VA

    Yesterday, March 27th, a hearing was held on legislation related to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits, including H.R. 3508. This legislation would recognize hearing aid specialists for appointment to the VA to independently provide hearing aid evaluations, fittings and orientation, verification and clinical outcomes measurements, and customary after care services. ASHA submitted a statement for the record in opposition to the legislation. The VA Deputy under Secretary for Health Policy and Services testified in opposition to the bill, stating that the Secretary of the VA already has the authority to hire hearing aid specialists.

    In its testimony, the VA stated that the lack of standardized educational and professional health licensure requirements of hearing aid specialists could fragment hearing health care services and limit delivery of comprehensive hearing health care services because Veterans frequently exhibit hearing loss in combination with other comorbidities.

    The legislation is being championed by the International Hearing Society and has the support of several veteran groups who wrote in support of passing the legislation. Congressional inquiry at the hearing expressed concern with long wait times for both hearing health services and repair of devices given that tinnitus and hearing loss are the top service-related disabilities for veterans. Because of the interest and concerns expressed by members of Congress related to timely access to hearing health services, there is a possibility that H.R. 3508 may be included in a larger VA health bill later this year.

    Tell your Representative not to cosponsor this legislation. The legislation is redundant, unnecessary, and will not address issues associated with long wait times for hearing aids and hearing health care services.

    For additional information, contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director of federal and political advocacy, at
    Take Action Here

  • 21 Mar 2014 3:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We’ve worked hard since the last convention to address some of your concerns and suggestions for our 2014 Convention!  We appreciate your time filling out the convention evaluations and have developed action plans for this year. We want all attendees to enjoy themselves, learn, and have fun!

    Parking at the Indianapolis Marriott East was a real problem for some attendees last year….. So this year we’ve worked with hotel to provide additional services!

    The hotel has agreed to provide secure off-site parking and shuttle service to hotel.  If you park off site, be on the lookout for the shuttle service!

    Also, Hotel will provide one (1) 12 passenger van to shuttle attendees to and from local restaurants within a three (3) mile radius on the evening of Friday, April 4, 2014. This will run on a first come, first served basis from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

    As the date gets closer, stay tuned to our blog, ISHA App, Twitter, or Facebook pages for updated parking locations and info to help make your experience at convention wonderful.

    ISHA App
    Again this year, there is an app for that!  You can download the ISHA App today from your marketplace.  Search for ISLHA.  Make sure notifications are on to receive important updates!  You can also submit conference evaluations once you complete a session!

    Confirmation Emails
    ISHA Will send out confirmation emails the week of March 24th.  Watch your email for these important convention details including speaker handouts, parking instructions, and much more!

    Gleaner’s Food Bank
    Again this year, help donate to the needy in Central Indiana!  Gleaner’s Food Bank will have barrels available to collect your donations.  Remember, if you make a donation to Gleaner’s you will receive an extra exhibit hall giveaway ticket to enter in either Thursday or Friday – you chose which day!

    Click Here to See the list of Items Gleaner’s Food Bank Needs Most!

    Tweet us about convention using #ISHA14
    Follow us @ISHAIndiana

  • 21 Mar 2014 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From: Elizabeth McCrea, 2014 ASHA President

    Date: March 18, 2014

    Subject: Joint Message from AAA, ADA and ASHA


    Dear Members,

    On Wednesday, March 5th, leaders from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) gathered for a joint meeting with the purpose of surveying audiology’s professional landscape, recognizing areas of alignment, barriers and identifying potential collaborative initiatives to better serve audiology.


    Read More - Click Here!

    Or Visit: 

  • 12 Mar 2014 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    HOUSE BILL 1045

    For approximately ten years the profession of Occupational Therapy has been seeking to update their scope of practice. One of the proposed elements of the updated scope of practice was the addition of work with swallowing as Occupational Therapists (OTs) have traditionally worked with feeding and eating. Due to the substantial differences in the basic education and training in dysphagia of the professions of Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology, over those ten years ISHA sought to achieve adequate consumer protections when Occupational Therapists work with clients with dysphagia. In recent years ISHA sought input from ASHA and formed a special task force to work on this issue. The task force consisted of Jeanne McMillan, Dawn Wetzel, Melissa McGrath, Dee Combs, Mary Jo Germani, and Elizabeth Baldwin.


    In the 2013 Session of the General Assembly the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association and ISHA had extensive negotiations on how to address adequate consumer protections, but those negotiations did not result in a compromise. The negotiations resumed during the 2014 Session of the General Assembly, and during just the past few weeks the negotiations produced a compromise. That compromise is contained in House Bill 1045, which was just approved by the General Assembly on March 10. Please note that the Governor has not taken action on the bill yet, so at this time the bill is not law. If signed by the Governor, the law would take effect July 1, 2014.


    HB 1045 requires that OTs demonstrate clinical competencies when working with dysphagia. Those continuing competencies consist of at a minimum professional development or similar advanced training, passage of a written test, and demonstration of clinical skills and knowledge. The competencies must be updated at least annually. The bill also requires OTs to take continuing education in swallowing disorders.


    As part of the compromise, ISHA agreed to require a written test for SLPs who work with dysphagia. As with the OT written test, the test is merely the short exercise that would be administered during an annual clinical competency. It is not a new certification or anything of that nature. If current clinical competencies include a written test, those competencies would meet the law’s requirement. But in a practice setting where no clinical competencies currently exist that include a written test, SLPs would be required to pass a written test. It is envisioned that an employer would administer the test, but there are no parameters for content, length, or frequency. An employer could develop the test, ask a university to develop the test, obtain the test from ASHA, or use some other means to develop the test.


    View House Bill 1045 at the following link:

  • 07 Mar 2014 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    Be The Change: Confessions of an Accidental Activist

    Elaine Hall “Coach E!, referenced by The New York Times as “the child whisperer,”  and nominated by LA Magazine as one of “Los Angeles’ 50 most inspiring women”, was a top Hollywood children’s acting coach whose life changed dramatically after her son Neal, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was diagnosed with autism. When traditional therapies didn’t work, she sought guidance from luminaries in the field of autism, such as Dr. Barry Prizant and the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan. Inspired by a relationship approach to understanding her son’s autism, she rallied creative people to join Neal’s world, which brought Neal out of his isolation.

    Elaine developed these methods to create The Miracle Project, a groundbreaking theatre-based socialization program, profiled in the EMMY winning HBO film, AUTISM: The Musical.  

    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.  

    Elaine presented her latest book, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Creating Miracles In The Classroom at an International Conference in Jerusalem. She has received honors from Autism Speaks, Autism Society of L.A., The Mayor of Los Angeles, Senator Pavley, Areva Martin, Holly Robinson Peete, Etta Israel, The Shalom Institute among others.

    Elaine and her team are now launching The Miracle Project nationally. She also created an arts enrichment and a religious education program at Vista Del Mar in Los Angeles which recently received a Jewish Community Foundation grant to provide training in Inclusion throughout L.A. Synagogues. Her Inclusion from WithIn (I Win) program is launching in faith-based communities and her flagship program, The Miracle Project Judaica was selected by the Slingshot Guide as one of 18 most innovative inclusive programs for individuals with disabilities in North America.  She lives in Santa Monica, CA with the two loves of her life: 19 year old awesome son, Neal, and her husband, Jeff Frymer, a therapist.

    ISHA is honored to have a world renowned speaker join us at convention this year. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Elaine share her perspective, expertise, and ideas with us during three different sessions available at convention.

    Other opportunities to hear Elaine Hall speak during convention

    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
  • 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

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