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Teaching the world to hear and speak

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Become an AG Bell professional member

Are you an auditory-verbal therapist, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, teacher of the deaf or studying to become one? Professional membership offers invaluable resources on LSLS certification, research, continuing education and community.

AG Bell Professionals

Teaching the world to hear & speak

Become an AG Bell professional member

Are you an auditory-verbal therapist, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, teacher of the deaf or studying to become one? Professional membership offers invaluable resources & info on LSLS certification, research opportunities, continuing education, and a vibrant community.

The AG Bell Academy

The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, founded in 2005, aims to ensure that every child with hearing loss has local access to qualified professionals specializing in Listening and Spoken Language.

Through the Academy, you can become certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS), earn CEUs for certification or recertification, engage with fellow professionals, and mentor the next generation of LSL Specialists.

Explore LSLS Certification Now!

AG Bell Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium

Join us for a virtual gathering of global professionals learning about best practices and emerging trends in Listening and Spoken Language.

Promotional banner for the 2024 ag bell global listening and spoken language virtual symposium, featuring a child listening intently, with event dates and theme "amplifying voices worldwide.

Join us for an unparalleled journey of global connection and collaboration, at this year’s virtual Symposium. After an incredible turnout from 47 countries last year, we hope you will join us as we continue Amplifying Voices Worldwide.

JUST ADDED! We are thrilled to offer the Genetics and Hearing Loss Forum, included as part of your Symposium registration!

Symposium presentations and proceedings

AG Bell's keynote speakers at the 2023 Symposium on hearing health research and auditory science were funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, including a specific award from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (#1R13DC020382-01).

The Work of Listening and Spoken Language Professionals

During early childhood, listening and spoken language professionals guide families on how to make spoken language fully and naturally accessible to their child as a regular part of daily routines and activities.

Listening and spoken language professionals work in various settings, including private practices, schools, clinics, hospitals, and non-profit organizations. They assist families in the critical early years by coaching parents and caregivers to support their child’s language development at home.

At school, special education personnel (which include educators of the deaf, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, psychologists

 and others) collaborate in designing the education plan for the child to ensure access to language and learning in the classroom.  While some children may thrive with accommodations like FM/DM/RM systems and supportive teachers, those with significant language delays may require more extensive support and modifications to access the curriculum.

Professional Membership Has Its Benefits

Join today to connect with fellow members, exchange insights, get listed in our global directory, and celebrate the journey of listening & spoken language.

Professional benefits include:

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    Earn CEUs through the AG Bell Academy, at our yearly Symposium, or through events held throughout the year for members

  • $100 off Exam Fees

    Take your Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) certification exam for less!

  • Event Discounts

    Discounted registration to AG Bell’s symposium and other events, plus special discounts on travel, restaurants, retail shops and more

  • LSL Professional Directory

    Get listed and found by families that need your services and students that want your mentorship

  • LSL Leading Edge

    An exclusive e-newsletter for AG Bell professional members packed with the latest news and developments in hearing health and the listening & spoken language field

  • Volta Voices 

    AG Bell’s award-winning, quarterly digital magazine in English and Spanish

  • Access to AG Bell’s Network

    Connect with 40+ state chapters located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico

  • Professional Opportunities

    Get involved in AG Bell through committees, task forces, councils and other venues for members to interact and contribute meaningfully

  • The Volta Review 

    Stay current with the latest research through our peer-reviewed, online professional research journal

Seeking membership as a friend or family member?

Membership is always free for family & friends of people who are deaf or hard of hearing and helps connect individuals to our professional community!

AG Bell membership for families is always free!

Family membership benefits:

  • Financial Support

    Scholarships for technology, therapy, and education

  • Professional Guidance

    Speak to a parent who's been there or search for a certified therapist.

  • State Chapters

    Connect with and get support from local families like yours!

  • Resource Library

    Get answers with access to our information library

  • Volta Voices

    A bilingual magazine with in-depth stories about growing up with hearing loss

  • Loft & Leap

    Access to unique leadership & educational programs for teens

Seeking an AG Bell professional membership?

Get listed on our searchable professional directory, find educational and research resources, scholarships and mentorship.