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Deaf Education and Hearing Sciences Resource Guide: Key Info

Published Guidelines

The American Academy of Audiology's Guidelines and Standards are key documents essential to the Academy and the audiology profession.  Information on the following topics can be found:

Adult Diagnostics
Adult Rehabilitation & Hearing Aids
Aging Issues
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
Classroom Acoustics
Hearing Assistance Technologies
Hearing Conservation
Humanitarian Issues
Infant Identification
Pediatric Diagnostics
Pediatric Rehabilitation & Hearing Aids
Professional Issues
Ototoxicity Monitoring

Medical practice guidelines summarize the best practice in a particular area of healthcare. They define important questions related to clinical practice and outline decision options and their outcomes. The intent is to improve the connection between evidence and practice, raise the standard of care, and guide the decision-making process.

Historically, medical practice guidelines were based on tradition. Modern guidelines are written by medical associations or governmental organization using the most current data and best evidence.


  • Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology (ARA) - promotes excellence in hearing care through the provision of comprehensive rehabilitative and habilitative services.
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) - is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 186,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.
  • Council for Exceptional Children - Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD) - is concerned with the well-being, development, and education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with communication and learning disorders, ranging from mild to profound, and/or who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) - is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The Institute also supports efforts to create devices which substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication function.

Council on the Education of the Deaf

The Council on the Education of the Deaf (CED) is sponsored by seven major national organizations dedicated to quality education for all deaf and hard of hearing students:

The CED:

  • promotes nationally recognized standards for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students in all educational settings;
  • accredits university programs; and
  • collaborates with various related organizations through several national committees and workgroups.