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Purpose

The purpose of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) is to support and empower members to provide the highest quality, life changing communication, swallowing and hearing services to the people of the state of Indiana.


Explore the Professions


Speech-Language Pathologists

Evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.  Speech-Language Pathologists specialize in the study of:

  • Speech and/or language disorders
  • Memory loss from brain injury (Cognitive-communication disorders)
  • Voice disorders
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Fluency disorders


Audiologists

Are the experts in the non-medical management of the auditory and balance systems. Audiologists specialize in the study of:

  • Normal and impaired hearing
  • Prevention of hearing loss
  • Identification and assessment of hearing and balance problems
  • Rehabilitation of persons with hearing and balance disorders
  • Dispense hearing aids and hearing assistive technology systems


Work Settings

  • Hospitals (acute care, inpatient, outpatient)
  • Otolaryngology offices
  • Public and private schools
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Private practice offices
  • Short-term and long-term nursing care facilities
  • Home health agencies
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community clinics
  • Research laboratories


Are These Professions For You?


Do you have a sincere interest in helping people and want to make a positive difference in people's lives?

As a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, you will help individuals every day.  Your clients may include an infant who needs her hearing screened, a school-aged child with a language disorder, a teenager who sustained brain damage and needs help communicating, or an adult recovering from a stroke.


Do you want a career with job stability and flexibility?

Job opportunities in speech-language pathology and audiology are excellent! Your services are needed!  Due to shortages in these professions, schools, hospitals, and private practices are hiring in Indiana.  Since speech and hearing services are a vital part of total health care and the educational system, there is increasing demand for these services.  With a master's degree in speech-language pathology or a clinical doctorate in audiology, you are able to work in a variety of settings.


Are you curious and enjoy intellectual challenges?

The evaluation and treatment of a communication disorder requires that you think critically and creatively, while responding with humanity. Communication is our most human characteristic. When someone has a communication disorder because of a stroke, an undetected hearing impairment, or some other speech, language or hearing disorder, every aspect of the person's life is affected. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists respond to the challenge of those needing help with communication skills. You can improve people's lives!

Want to know more? Contact us with any questions about the professions, education, or our association.

For a list of Indiana Colleges and Universities with degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology go to Resources: Students: University Programs.

To support and empower members to provide the highest quality, life changing communication, swallowing and hearing services to the people of the State of Indiana.

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