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We are excited to offer the following fun activities and networking events to enhance your experience at AAA 2024+HearTECH Expo (AAA 2024) while in Atlanta. Most activities are included with your conference registration, but those indicated with a ($) are available at a separate fee and can be purchased with your conference registration.

Conference Planner

Use the conference planner as your go-to resource before and during the conference…with dates, times, presenters, session descriptions, activities and more. Make sure you bookmark the sessions and events of most interest to you to create your own schedule!

First-Time Attendee Orientation

Wednesday, April 17, 11:00–11:45 am

Is this your first time attending the AAA Conference and HearTECH Expo? Join us for an overview that will help you make the most of this incredible experience. This is also a great opportunity to network with the 2024 Program Committee members and meet other attendees at the conference.

New Professionals Networking “Meet-Up”

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

Wednesday, April 17, 3:004:00 pm

Open to new professionals only (those with five years or less of experience).

Calling all new professionals! You are invited to attend this networking “meet-up” event focused on fostering open dialogue and relationship-building amongst new professional audiologists. Take some time to meet with your cohort of peers who are at the same stage of their career as you to share experiences and build your network of contacts as you head into a power-packed conference schedule. This is a great way to develop community and support at the outset of the conference and beyond. We hope to see you there!

Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Mix and Mingle
(Students Only)

Sponsored by Starkey.

Wednesday, April 17, 4:00–5:30 pm

National SAA is celebrating 15 years! Join us for a unique SAA Mix and Mingle experience where we will be looking back at SAA’s tremendous milestones while toasting to a bright future ahead. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, the SAA Mix and Mingle is the place to be on the opening night of AAA 2024+HearTECH Expo. The SAA invites you to enjoy a snack and a beverage while meeting audiology students. Open to all student attendees. SAA Conference registration not required to attend the Mix and Mingle.

Expo Hall Opening including Celebrate Audiology Reception

Reception Sponsored by Hamilton CapTel.

HearTECH Expo
Wednesday, April 17, 4:00–7:30 pm

Kick off the first evening of AAA 2024+HearTECH Expo in the exhibit hall starting at 4:00 pm. You won’t want to miss our live DJ who will be playing your favorite tunes to set the stage for a fun and exciting show like you’ve never experienced before!  From 5:00–7:00 pm, we’ll offer open bars and food bites at the Celebrate Audiology Reception where the music will continue while you mingle with colleagues and industry representatives in their booths.

Open Houses

HearTECH Expo
Wednesday, April 17, 6:007:00 pm

Open Houses are for colleges, universities, and learning institutions to gather alumni, faculty, and current (and future) students during AAA 2024 for a relaxing and fun reception-style event. Co-organized by universities and state audiology organizations, this is a great opportunity to host meet and greets, to re-connect with friends and faculty, and share a sense of community on the first night of AAA 2024. Space must be reserved in advance through the Academy. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on how to host your Open House in HearTECH Expo, please click here.

Academy Raffle Drawings

HearTECH Expo
Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 18, 6:15 pm
Friday, April 19, 2:15 pm

Excitement (and cash) is in the air!  Join us in the HearTECH Expo on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Friday afternoon for your chance to win a $250 gift card!  All you have to do is complete a raffle ticket, put it in the raffle drum located near the front of the Expo Hall entrance and then wait for your name to be called. One ticket per attendee, must be present to win.

AAA Foundation Happy Hour ($)

Sponsored by The American Institute of Balance.

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00–8:30 pm

 Early February 16, 2024Advanced April 16, 2024On-Site April 17, 2024
Student Member$35.00$45.00$45.00

The AAA Foundation’s Happy Hour is the event not to be missed! Reunite with friends and colleagues and enjoy food and drinks while supporting the Foundation’s mission of promoting research, education, and public awareness in audiology and hearing sciences.

Professional Headshot Studio

Sponsored by ReSound.

HearTECH Expo
Thursday, April 18, 1:00–4:00 pm
Friday, April 19, 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Back by popular demand! Every professional needs a good headshot for your networking and business opportunities. Inside the HearTECH Expo, in a designated booth space, a professional photographer will capture portraits (headshots) of the attendees which will be made available in a digital format after the show.

Best Practices Pavilion: Verification and Aided Speech Recognition

Equipment provided by Grason-Stadler

HearTECH Expo
Thursday, April 18, 1:00–5:00 pm
Friday, April 19, 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Each year the Academy Best Practices Pavilion brings you the latest in audiological care. This year the pavilion will focus on verification and aided speech recognition.  Hours are limited so please make time in your schedule to stop by!

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Audiologists and Students Networking Session

Refreshments and captioning sponsored by Hamilton CapTel.

Thursday, April 18, 1:15–2:15 pm

We invite all Deaf and hard of hearing audiologists and students to join us to connect (or reconnect) at AAA 2024 in Atlanta. To stimulate discussion, we will quickly survey the diversity of the group and then move into supportive discussions on specific topics that impact clinical practice and training.

Wine and Cheese Reception

HearTECH Expo
Thursday, April 18, 6:00–7:00 pm

After a long day of education on Thursday, take some time to network and unwind with fellow attendees and visit with exhibitors during our Wine and Cheese Reception in HearTECH Expo.

Snack and Chat for the PAC ($)

Thursday, April 18, 7:009:00 pm

Take a break from the convention activities and join colleagues at the Omni for a fun networking event hosted by the Academy’s Political Action Committee (PAC). While nibbling heavy hors d’oeuvres and enjoying cold beverages, attendees will overlook Atlanta and chat about advocacy strategies and priorities with the Academy president, executive director, and advocacy volunteer leaders. At the end, then move on with other attendees to the Academy’s Not-So-Secret After Hours Party (no entrance fee). All funds raised through the event will go to the PAC and be used explicitly to support champions of hearing health care and audiology in Congress. PAC contributions help to amplify the advocacy initiatives of audiology and the Academy. This event is open only to U.S. Academy members.

International Reception

Thursday, April 18, 8:009:00 pm

Reunite and build new connections with your friends, colleagues, and leaders in the field from all over the world at the International Reception which includes drinks and a dessert bar. The event is open to all international conference attendees at no additional fee. 

AAA’s Not-So-Secret After Party

Thursday, April 18, 9:00–11:00 pm (open to all attendees)

Don’t want the night to end quite yet? Join us for an after-hours nightcap and a trip down memory lane with the 90s tribute band, 90210 Radio! Let your hair down to classics from TLC, Destiny’s Child and Beastie Boys! A cash bar will be available.

Recharge Lounge

Sponsored by HPSO.

HearTECH Expo
Open during HearTECH Expo Show Hours

Take a break and network with friends and colleagues at the same time! The Recharge Lounge, featuring comfortable furniture and cell phone charging stations, is a destination for attendees to take a break, relax, recharge, and connect during Expo show hours.

Coffee Break in HearTECH Expo

HearTECH Expo
Friday, April 19, 9:00 am

Fuel up for another power-packed day at AAA 2024! Stop by our Coffee Break station in HearTECH Expo and grab a hot cup of coffee before heading off to visit with exhibitors or participate in an educational session.

“Coffee Talk” Roundtable Discussions

Friday, April 19, 9:45–11:15 am

What is keeping YOU up at night? One of the most effective ways to solve problems, learn, and innovate is by sharing best practices with colleagues and peers. Coming together (over coffee of course!) to network and work through challenges is a unique opportunity you can’t afford to miss. Each table of 10 will focus on a specific topic with an expert facilitator leading the team discussion.

After brief introductions, your facilitator will ask participants what their specific problem is under the theme of the assigned table topic and other attendees at the table can offer relevant feedback and ideas based on experience.

This “coffee talk” format will put you in the driver’s seat so you walk away with key nuggets to stay up-to-date and help move the needle on challenges you are facing. You’ll not only cultivate new strategies, but you’ll expand your portfolio of contacts.

CEUs are not offered for this session. Table topics and facilitators to be announced.

Paws and Relax

Sponsored by HearingLife.

HearTECH Expo
Friday, April 19, 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Who doesn’t want to snuggle up to a pup? Well, you are in luck! New this year, the Academy is teaming up with Furkids, Georgia’s largest no- kill animal shelter and rescue organization, to bring you little bundles of joy to play with during your conference experience. Stop by to receive unconditional love from some happy pups.

Audiology’s Night Out at World of Coca-Cola

Sponsored by Amplifon.

Friday, April 19, 7:0010:00 pm

Come join the Academy at one of Atlanta’s top destinations, World of Coca-Cola! Journey through the storied history of this iconic beverage brand while you mix and mingle with your colleagues and friends! 

At World of Coca-Cola, you will experience the world’s most famous beverage in a dynamic, multimedia attraction. Get closer than ever before to the vault that houses the Coca-Cola secret formula, view hundreds of artifacts, send your taste buds on a trip around the world as you sample beverages in the Taste It! room, and so much more. 

Check out all the amazing exhibits and activities that you can experience here.

Attendees will enjoy food stations and open bar service. This must-attend event is your chance to network and have fun at a one-of-a-kind venue before wrapping up your AAA 2024+HearTECH Expo experience!

Closing General Session-Trivia Bowl 2.0 

Sponsored by HearUSA.

This session will allow attendees to earn .05 CEUs.

Saturday, April 20, 11:00 am12:45 pm

As the conference draws to a close, we’re thrilled to invite all attendees to a memorable and engaging finale—the Audiology Trivia Bowl 2.0! We’re excited to announce that this year, we’re bringing back the beloved trivia event with a new generation of hosts and questions to keep the excitement going. Put your hearing and vestibular expertise to the test as you go head-to-head in a thrilling competition that will leave you buzzing with excitement. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of friendly competition and networking with fellow conference-goers, and the big question is, which friends and colleagues will be on your winning team?

You’ll have the chance to demonstrate your knowledge on the latest advancements in hearing technology, fascinating hearing facts, pop culture, and much more, all while enjoying the company of like-minded individuals who share your passion for audiology. It’s a unique way to wrap up the conference and create lasting memories with your peers. So, join us for a closing session jam-packed with fun, learning, and friendly rivalry as we celebrate the conclusion of this outstanding event. Be sure not to miss the Audiology Trivia Bowl 2.0 hosted by Dr. Tish Gaffney and Dr. Ryan McCreery—it’s the perfect way to turn your conference experience into an unforgettable adventure!

The Academy Gives Back

Located Near Registration Area

The Academy is partnering with Letters Against Isolation to make connections with isolated seniors. Studies show an association with hearing loss and depression in older adults. This creates social isolation and loneliness and we can help fight this one letter at a time! This is a well-documented issue and has effects not only on a seniors’ mental health but on their physical health. Through handwritten messages of love, hope, and joy, we can help bring seniors connections and improve their mental and physical health.

Stop by our location near registration anytime during the conference to write a quick cheery note or draw a picture. Our goal is 200 letters so feel free to write more than one!

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