Coordinator’s Column Congratulations and a huge thank you to our new Editor, Zenobia Bagli, and new Audiology Divisions Continuing Education Administrator, Sri Krishnamurti, for putting together this issue of Perspectives. New roles and responsibilities are never easy, especially when deadlines loom before you even get started! But Zenobia and Sri have ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   October 01, 2009
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Coordinator's Column   |   October 01, 2009
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SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2009, Vol. 16, 2-3. doi:10.1044/arii16.1.2
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2009, Vol. 16, 2-3. doi:10.1044/arii16.1.2
Congratulations and a huge thank you to our new Editor, Zenobia Bagli, and new Audiology Divisions Continuing Education Administrator, Sri Krishnamurti, for putting together this issue of Perspectives. New roles and responsibilities are never easy, especially when deadlines loom before you even get started! But Zenobia and Sri have done an outstanding job to bring this issue to fruition. They are already hard at work on our next issue.
The Division 7 Steering Committee (SC; Associate Coordinator J-P Gagné, Elizabeth Mauzé, Nancy Patterson, Matt Bakke, and yours truly) met at ASHA’s National Office in June to update our Mission Statement and to continue work on a revision of the Audiologic Rehabilitation (AR) Bibliography, an ASHA-provided resource over the years. As we discussed the ever-expanding scope of practice in AR, particularly when considering the role of both audiology and speech-language-pathology, it became abundantly clear that a single bibliography would be an unwieldy, and inevitably limited, resource. Given the ease with which one now can conduct online literature searches, we also reasoned that students, clinicians, and researchers alike readily can locate a wealth of references for a wide range of AR topics, negating the need for a general bibliographic resource that would become dated within a matter of months. But we were concerned that the focus of AR has been shifting, with the rest of the audiology profession, away from the person and away from what it means to live with hearing impairment. The preponderance of the literature reflects that shift, as does the AR curriculum in many graduate programs. This shared concern led to the decision for a bibliographic database with a purpose: to identify literature that promotes a person-centered approach to AR, encompassing the biopsychosocial implications of hearing impairment and the critical role of the therapeutic alliance (i.e., the relationship between the clinician and client). By necessity, the bibliography will include relevant references from other social and behavioral sciences to facilitate a person-centered focus. In addition to making the bibliography available to affiliates, the Committee will use it as a foundation to propose additions to AR curriculum and new directions for AR research. Given our varied areas of interest and the fact that this was the first face-to-face meeting for this group of SC members, the unanimity of our thinking was particularly satisfying and energizing for all of us. We are soliciting ideas and suggestions for references on the Division forum and hope you will post your favorites there. We look forward to hearing from you!
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