An estimated 42 million Americans have some type of communication disorder with economic costs exceeding an estimated $30 billion annual due to lost work productivity, special education, and medical treatment. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists work to help individuals with communication disorders by offering high quality education and health care services. To help recognize the specialists who treat individuals with communication disorders, the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association (WSHA) is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year Awards.
Audiologists hold masters or doctoral degrees from accredited universities with special training in evaluating the hearing of adults, infants and children of all ages. Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation training.
Speech-Language Pathologists hold masters or doctoral degrees from accredited universities with special training in evaluating how individuals understand language or how individuals express themselves. They evaluate adults, children and infants. Communication problems can range from fluency/stuttering disorders, to vocal/voice disorders, to speech disorders, to language disorders.
Each year the WSHA honors professionals with the Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist of the Year Awards to individuals who have been recognized by consumers as providing outstanding professional service.
Nominations are being accepted through September 30, 2016. Visit http://www.wisha.org/?page=Awards to nominate an Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist today.