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Professional Organizations: Hearing Impairment and Deafness

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New Sign American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is a medical professional's organization and includes patient information on thier website. is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy represents more than 12,000 otolaryngologistóhead and neck surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of those areas. The medical disorders treated by our physicians are among the most common that afflict all Americans, young and old. They include chronic ear infection, sinusitis, snoring and sleep apnea, hearing loss, allergies and hay fever, swallowing disorders, nosebleeds, hoarseness, dizziness, and head and neck cancer. The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning. You can locate an ENT from their website. They offer a featured health information section for patients created by their member physicians, where you can learn about caring for ailments of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck, also available in Spanish. To contact this organization, use the contact form on their website. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, 1650 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA 22314, or Phone: 1-703-535-3775, or FAX: 1-703-519-1570.

New Sign American Laryngological, Rhinological,and Otological Society (ALROS) - The Triological Society is a medical professional's organization that promotes research.

New Sign American Otological Society (AOS) is a medical professional's organization established in 1898 whose mission is to advance and promote medical and surgical otology/neurotology and lateral skull base surgery including the rehabilitation of individuals with hearing and balance disorders and to encourage, promote, and sponsor research in otology/neurotology and lateral skull base surgery and related disciplines. The CME program of the AOS will enhance the competency of the participant in otology/neurotology and lateral skull base surgery. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is responsible for the Accreditation of post-MD medical training programs within the United States. Accreditation is accomplished through a peer review process and is based upon established standards and guidelines.

New Sign American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) iis the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 150,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally. ASHA is making effective communication a human right, accessible and achievable for all. They provide advocacy, research and the promotion of effective human communication, with publications.
For more information, contact them at the ASHA National Office, 2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850-3289 or Phone: Local: 301-296-5700 or Members: 800-498-2071 or Non-Member: 800-638-8255 or Fax: 301-296-8580 or TTY (Text Telephone Communication Device): 301-296-5650.

New Sign Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) is a professional organization for physicians and scientists doing research in the field of otolaryngology. Most of the website is available for members only however, their newsletter is available.

New Sign International Hearing Society (IHS) international society for hearing instrument specialists, those who test hearing and dispense hearing aids. IHS is a membership association that represents hearing healthcare professionals worldwide. IHS members are engaged in the practice of testing human hearing and selecting, fitting and dispensing hearing instruments and counseling patients. Founded in 1951, the Society continues to recognize the need for promoting and maintaining the highest possible standards for its members in the best interests of the hearing impaired it serves. As the membership organization for thousands of independent specialists, IHS conducts programs in competency accreditation, education and training and encourages specialty-level certification for its members. Information about hearing, hearing loss, hearing products, and an FAQ is available on the website under Hearing Health Info.

New Sign National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) - is the professional and scientific association addressing the communication interests and concerns of black communication science and disorders professionals, students and consumers. They provide advocacy, research and development of knowledge of the identification , diagnosis and treatment of people with communicative disability and provide financial support for the training of Black students in the fields of speech-language and hearing. For more information, contact them at 700 McKnight Park Drive, Suite 708, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, by Phone: 412-366-1177, by Fax: 412-366-8804 or send e-mail to: NBASLH@nbaslh.org

New Sign Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) is a professional organization for interpreters. RID is a national membership organization representing the professionals who facilitate communication between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who hear. Interpreters serve as professional communicators in a vast array of settings such as: churches, schools, courtrooms, hospitals and theaters, as well as on political grandstands and television. RIDís function is to support their membership by providing the foundation needed to launch and sustain careers while ensuring quality service to the Deaf community. They do this through education, standards, relationships, and resources. For more information contact them at 333 Commerce Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, or phone (703) 838-0030.

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