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Special Events

Special Events

View the Conference Planner to review all sessions and special event details and descriptions. You can also star sessions and exhibitor booths to visit during AudiologyNOW! 2017.

Wednesday, April 5

Making the Most of Your Conference Experience

12:00–1:00 pm
Is this your first time at AudiologyNOW!? Come in for an overview that will help you make the most of this incredible experience. This is also a great opportunity to meet other attendees of AudiologyNOW! 2017.

Celebrate Audiology

5:00–7:30 pm
Celebrate Audiology is a fun-filled way to kick-off the first evening of AudiologyNOW! Join us in the exhibit hall and enjoy the entertainment while you mingle with colleagues and industry representatives. Partake in the open bars and food available in and out of the booths.
Sponsored in part by Hamilton CapTel.

Foundation Happy Hour

7:00–8:30 pm
This year's party will be the perfect opportunity to share a glass of wine (or a beer!) and hors d'oeuvres with your colleagues while raising money for the Foundation's programs in research and education. Raise a glass and show your support by attending this benefit, which will take place at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station hotel. Proceeds go toward the Foundation's programs in research, education, and public awareness. Tickets are $35 for students, $85 for professionals and can be added to your convention registration. 
Philanthropic support provided in part by Phonak, LLC.

Cheers for Ears

8:00–11:00 pm
Looking for a way to continue the party after Celebrate Audiology? Enjoy the company of fellow students and professionals from across the nation at the fifth annual SAA Cheers for Ears benefit, which will take place at Punch Bowl Social in downtown Indianapolis. Proceeds support student scholarships, research grants, education, humanitarian, and chapter initiatives of the Student Academy of Audiology. Tickets are $30 for students, $50 for professionals and can be added to your convention registration; you must be 21 or older to attend this event. We look forward to enjoying a toast together… "Cheers for Ears!"
Sponsored in part by Oticon, Phonak, LLC, and Starkey Hearing Technologies.

Thursday, April 6

5K Fun Run/Walk

6:00–7:00 am
The 5K Fun Run/Walk, benefiting the AAA Foundation and the Academy's Political Action Committee(PAC), will take place in White River State Park—just a short walk from your hotel. The route winds through the park and along the scenic Central Canal and is a great way to get your day started! This event is open to both runners and walkers and attendees are encouraged to form teams and participate as a group. A $25 donation to either the AAA Foundation or the Academy's PAC is requested and can be added to your convention registration.
Sponsored in part by Oticon.

Coffee Meet-Ups

6:30–7:30 am
Join your friends and colleagues for a cup of coffee and conversation before heading over to the convention center together. Coffee Meet Ups will take place in the Starbucks at the following hotel locations: JW Marriott, Westin, Hyatt Regency, and Marriott Downtown. There will also be a coffee meet up in the convention center near SAA central. Coffee will be available for purchase by the individual.

ABA Speed upDating

1:00–3:00 pm
This is your opportunity to meet leading audiologists, tap into their knowledge banks, and ask practice questions. The event is free and open to all attendees. Sponsored in part by Starkey Hearing Technologies.

  • Credentials Are Leadership: John A. Coverstone, AuD
  • Online Sales: Dennis D. VanVliet, AuD
  • Cochlear Implants: William H. Shapiro, AuD
  • Auditory Processing Disorders: Gail M. Whitelaw, PhD
  • International Opportunities in Audiology Practice: Robert Traynor, EdD, MBA
  • Hearing Instrument Fitting: Allison M. Grimes, AuD
  • Private Practice: Betty C. Borton, AuD
  • Large Practice: David A. Zapala, PhD
  • Billing and Coding: Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD

Perk the PAC

2:00–3:00 pm
Stop by for a cappuccino, meet the PAC Advisory Board, and learn how you can be an advocate for the profession. The Academy's Political Action Committee (PAC) is a vital part of the government relations process. Thanks to contributions from our members the Academy has been able to carry its message directly to congressional leaders. We are gaining access to and building relationships with key members of Congress who are in a position to support our legislative agenda. You can help the Academy meet the challenges that lie ahead with your continued support of the PAC. Join us as we "Perk the PAC" near Academy Central to find out how your PAC dollars can make a difference!

ABA Certificant Mixer 

5:30–6:45 pm
Enjoy small bites and a beverage at Colts Grille, while networking with other ABA certificants. Wear your special certificant lanyard to gain access. Attendees may bring one guest. The event is free to ABA certificants.

Dine-Arounds

Starting at 6:30pm
Join other AudiologyNOW! attendees for dinner to discuss professional topics that matter to you in a small, friendly setting. You will not want to miss this opportunity to not only network with your peers but also experience the vibrant Indianapolis restaurant scene! Dine-Arounds will be held at nearby restaurants, all located within easy walking distance of the Indiana Convention Center. Dinner costs will be paid by each individual. Sign up here!

Honors and Awards Banquet

7:00–8:30 pm
The Academy recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions in the profession of audiology and its related fields. They inspire us to greater heights and remind us of the contributions made on behalf of persons with hearing loss. Join us as we celebrate these individuals and recognize the Academy Honorees. Tickets available at the time of conference registration. $30 for students, $65 for professionals. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE. Purchase your tickets by Wednesday, April 5, 12:00 pm ET. There will NOT BE tickets available at the door.
Sponsored in part by Phonak, LLC.

Friday, April 7

Sunrise Yoga

6:00–7:00 am
Invigorate your body and spirit and create a peaceful center prior to starting your day of education. This class will take place at the JW Marriott and is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced. Be sure to stay until the end and enjoy a refreshing smoothie as you head to the convention center for another day of learning! Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through the online conference registration. 

Coffee Meet-Ups

6:30–7:30 am
Join your friends and colleagues for a cup of coffee and conversation before heading over to the convention center together. Coffee Meet-Ups will take place in the Starbucks at the following hotel locations: JW Marriott, Westin, Hyatt Regency, and Marriott Downtown. There will also be a coffee meet up in the convention center near SAA central. Coffee will be available for purchase by the individual.

State Fair

12:30–2:30 pm
Calling all state audiology organizations! It's time to participate in the Academy's second annual State Fair in the Exhibit Hall. The State Fair is an opportunity for local audiology organizations to promote the benefits of state membership and allow meeting attendees to connect with other individuals from their state. This year, the Academy has increased the available meeting space and will offer additional signage and communication tools. Sign-up to participate in this year's State Fair. Participation is complimentary.
Sponsored in part by Sprint CapTel.

Perk the PAC

2:00–3:00 pm
Stop by for a cappuccino, meet the PAC Advisory Board, and learn how you can be an advocate for the profession. The Academy's Political Action Committee (PAC) is a vital part of the government relations process. Thanks to contributions from our members the Academy has been able to carry its message directly to congressional leaders. We are gaining access to and building relationships with key members of Congress who are in a position to support our legislative agenda. You can help the Academy meet the challenges that lie ahead with your continued support of the PAC. Join us as we "Perk the PAC" near Academy Central to find out how your PAC dollars can make a difference!

A Night at the Ballpark!

5:30–9:30 pm
Join your friends and colleagues for a special pre-game picnic, followed by a game at beautiful Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians baseball team! Ticket includes a pre-game all you care to eat and drink (soda, beer, and wine) picnic, a ticket to the baseball game and $10 in Tribal Tokens that can be spent on concessions. Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for professionals (non-refundable/non-transferable) and can be purchased through the online conference registration.