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Academy Accomplishments...Ongoing Innovations

Academy Accomplishments...Ongoing Innovations

  • Convened leaders of all the partners of the Academy Enterprise for a visioning session in fall 2016 that led to a development of a new action plan and changes in the organizational structure. These strategic changes better position the Academy to advance its mission and be agile in representing the audiology profession.
  • Continued to provide timely updates and innovative models for practice through Academy publications and sessions at the annual conference and the specialty conference,
  • Expanded public relations efforts to promote audiology and increase recognition of the role of the audiologist in hearing and balance health care.
  • Represented the audiologist in the ongoing discussions to implement recommendations in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability.

Academy Mission Support Programs

Leadership

  • Expanded volunteer leadership opportunities within the Academy to engage more members in organizational activities.
  • Convened the Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (JFLAC) every other year from 2008 to present, with support from the American Academy of Audiology Foundation., This conference helps to ensure that audiology has sufficient depth of leadership in the face of an aging provider demographic.
  • Created the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) as an Academy partner in January 2009 and since seen a vast increase in student engagement. The SAA offers students many exceptional opportunities for leadership, philanthropy, and networking to ensure that we are “building a culture of audiology leadership.” SAA has grown significantly in chapters and in representing over 2,000 students!
  • Created a New Professionals Committee to focus specifically on the interests and professional needs of audiologists with 0-5 years experience in the workforce.

Advocacy

  • Implemented a support plan to provide direction for the organization’s extensive efforts on behalf of audiology at national, regional, and local levels for legislative, regulatory, and licensure issues impacting our profession.
  • Obtained an independent seat for audiology on the RUC-HCPAC panel.
  • Provided ongoing guidance to members and sought opportunities for audiologists in the areas of reimbursement, OTC legislation, and practice management.Maintained collaborative relationships with other professional and consumer organizations, as well as federal agencies, that seek to unify audiology’s advocacy efforts.

Education

  • Provided ongoing support for the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) to demonstrate the Academy’s commitment to the strategic importance of independent accreditation for the profession.
  • Established the annual Clinical Education Forum, held in conjunction with the AAA conference, to focus on challenges, opportunities, and models for clinical education in audiology programs. The Forum has been organized jointly by ACAE and the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPSCD).
  • Established certificate training programs through the American Board of Audiology (ABA) to provide audiologists with the knowledge for roles as a clinical preceptor and in tinnitus management.

Public Awareness

  • Created a press room on the website that contains information for media inquiries and also offers a press toolkit, and other resources, for use by members.
  • Expanded materials for member use focused on National Audiology Awareness Month/ National Protect Your Hearing Month by evaluating new techniques and models to create audiology awareness.
  • Developed the Audiology Community to offer opportunities for members to exchange ideas, share documents and review commentary on a variety of general and specialty specific professional issues.
  • Established the Audiology Solutions Network, an online resource directory for audiologists and the public to search industry-related products and services by category, company, or keyword.

Research

  • Hosted the Audiology Research Conference (ARC) annually since 2009 as an opportunity to share timely research data to facilitate the “research to clinical reality” concept. The Academy has received grant funding to support this initiative.
  • Increased JAAAs impact factor (IF) resulting in a more significant increase in IF than nearly all of the other audiology journals included in Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports. The impact factor is a measure of the number of article citations and is the most popular metric for evaluating scholarly journals.
  • Provided numerous educational, first-time researcher, and scholarship grants. These grants are supported by the AAAF.