American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) is a professional organization to which many audiologists belong. The AAA website contains information for professionals as well as consumers. Consumers can visit the AAA website to find tips on how to understand an audiogram, coping with hearing loss, how to purchase a hearing aid, information on tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or how to locate an audiologist in your area. For more information, visit: www.audiology.org.
American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO-NHS)
The American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-NHS) is a professional organization that many otolaryngology (head and neck) doctors belong to. The AAO-NHS web site discusses the differences between “normal hearing”, “hearing impaired”, and “hearing with a cochlear implant”. Also discussed is what types of evaluations must be performed for a person to be considered a cochlear implant candidate. For more information, visit: http://www.entnet.org/Healthinformation/cochlearImplants.cfm
American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization that was founded in 1930. The academy consists of approximately 57,000 member pediatricians that are dedicated to the health of all children. Their mission is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. This site provides valuable information in regard to preventative care and advocacy. Access to the link Bright Futures is an added bonus. AAP’s major activities include the promotion of professional education and the execution of original research within this field. This site contains access to publications that specifically target the special developmental and health needs of children. Publications on infant hearing screening and early intervention are informative and helpful. For more information, visit: www.aap.org
American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) was the first professional credentialing organization for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. The ASHA website contains information for professionals as well as consumers. Consumers can visit the ASHA website to find information on hearing/balance or speech/language/swallowing, obtain a list of resources, request information packets, or find out how to locate an audiologist in your area. For more information, visit: www.asha.org.