MSHA - Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association


MSHA History

History reveals that we are the past, the sum of all the events that brought us to this day. It serves as a means to better understand who we are and how we got this way while providing a motivating guide for the future.

Therefore, MSHA is truly indebted to the dedication, foresight, and accomplishments of its early leaders who have laid the foundation for MSHA as it is today. Their significant contributions to MSHA and the speech-language and audiology profession will not be forgotten. They now share historical accounts of the speech-language and audiology profession in MS during MSHA's early years. The torch will continue to be passed as new generations of MSHA professionals blaze a path of further achievements.

To our MSHA history contributors, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES...

“This is a random walk through my memory mostly about audiology in Mississippi from 1967. The first two audiologists to hold a license in Mississippi were Margaret Wylde and myself. Unfortunately, those were hearing dispensing licenses, since this license predated the audiology and speech licenses by several years. It should be noted that dispensing by audiologists at that time was not considered ethical by ASHA. There was no requirement for medical supervision of dispensing. Audiologists were conducting ENG procedures prior to 1987. My PhD in 1977 was on electronstymography, and I was performing them in my private office at that time.

The MSHA Convention has been held on the coast twice, then at Oxford, Hattiesburg, Columbus, and Delta State. The one at Delta State was one day and with about 48 attendees in the early 70's.

The next year on the coast MSHA had approximately 300 attendees, the first wine social, the president of ASHA, and Chuck Berlin as paid speaker.”

Dr. Gordon Stanfield, Ph.D, CCC-A


In May, 1973, Governor William Waller presented a proclamation for Better Speech and Hearing Month to Linda Lowe, MSHA editor, and Dr. Ojus Malphurs, first chairman of Mississippi's Council of Advisors in Speech Pathology and Audiology.








On November 19, 1973, Dr. Gloria Kellum, who was president of the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association, formulated a letter to the following speech-language and hearing professionals serving on the licensure committee requesting that they present a model licensure bill to the committee and officers.







On October 16, 1974, Dr. Tom Wentland, chairman of the MSHA Licensure Committee met with Carroll Ingram, a MS senator for district 30. He explained the intent of the licensure bill and MSHA's interest in its passage.


























On April 8, 1975, an itemized account of the lobbying expenses incurred by the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association, was presented to Mr. Heber Ladner, then Secretary of State.


“I was the lobbyist for MSHA, because I lived in Jackson and was also the ASHA Legislative Councilor for MS. When I asked Heber Ladner, the Secretary of State, if MSHA should have a lobbyist, he replied that it only costs a dollar.'







On January 1, 1976, the first state licensure law for Mississippi speech- language pathologists and audiologists went into effect.”



























Submission of above pictures and documents by Dr. Ojus Malphurs, Ph.D, CCC-A


MSHA was chartered on October 15, 1976. Signatories were Catherine C. Davis, Mary Marshall, and Dr. Francis A. Grittith.

On April 15, 1983, 65 members voted to change the name of the state association from the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association, Inc. to the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Inc. It was signed by the president, Robin Page Cocke, and the secretary, Janet P. Youngblood.

On July 18, 1983, Governor William Winter approved this change.

“In 1987 MSHA sought to have the audiology scope of practice broadened to include hearing instrument dispensing and balance assessment in our licensure law. Otherwise, audiologists had to have a hearing aid dealer license to dispense, except in a few places, like the University Medical Center, where there was medical supervision.

The traditional hearing aid dealers threatened to seek an end to hearing instrument dispensing by governmental agencies as a matter of unfair competition. MSHA pointed out that hearing aid dealers would not want many of our patients, such as those below age

five or ones physically or mentally impaired. Also, the Mississippi otolaryngology organization opposed balance assessment without specifying medical supervision, so MSHA agreed to include such language in the bill.

In the end, audiology scope of practice was expanded to allow hearing instrument dispensing and balance testing under medical oversight. This is one of the most prominent examples in the past 30 years of what MSHA can do for the fields of speech-language and hearing, most especially for audiologists.”

Dr. James Peck, Ph.D, CCC-A

MSHA welcomes additional historical information