Who We Are

The American Academy of Audiology is the world's largest professional organization of, by and for audiologists. Representing the interests of approximately 14,000 audiologists nationwide, the Academy is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders. 

Academy History

The American Academy of Audiology was founded in January of 1988 when a group of audiology leaders met at the invitation of Dr. James Jerger at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. The purpose of the study group was to establish an independent, freestanding national organization run by and for audiologists. The new organization would be uniquely sensitive to the professional issues and the professional concerns affecting all audiologists.

Academy Meeting History

A Charter Advisory Committee was formed to elect officers, adopt bylaws, establish membership requirements and set up a national office. Jerger was elected the first President. The Charter of Incorporation for the Academy was filed in Nashville, Tennessee, in June 1988. The first national convention of the Academy was held in Kiawah Island, South Carolina in April 1989 with some 600 attendees. As an indication of the phenomenal growth of the Academy, the 13th Annual Convention was held in San Diego during April 2001 with more than 7,300 attendees.

Mission Statement

The Academy promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research.

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Core Values

The Academy supports the following core values, which are aligned with the Academy's pillars of advocacy, education, leadership, public awareness, and research. These core values are both for the Academy as an organization and for the individual members and represent the tenets that govern our professional behavior.  Click the button below to read the core values statements.

Policies and Procedures

The Policies and Procedures document (updated and approved in 2020) supplements the bylaws in governing the activities of the American Academy of Audiology.  This document sets forth policies and related procedures relative to the areas of governance, finance, membership, communications, and the structure of committees, councils, task forces, and interdependent entities. Log in via the Member Login link at the top of the page to view the Academy's policies and procedures. 

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Affiliated Organizations and Special Committees

The Academy works with the following affiliated organizations to support the overall Academy Enterprise in the areas of accreditation, philanthropy, voluntary certification, and support and education of audiology students.

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Organizational Structure

In July 2017, the Academy Board of Directors approved a new organizational structure that integrates the partners across the Enterprise and aligns the work of the organization. The new structure includes councils, a new layer in the governance of the organization: Leadership, Academic & Professional Standards, Professional Development, Scientific Advisory & Research, Advocacy, and Outreach.

The many committees and task forces that do much of the work of the organization report to the councils or, in some instances, directly to the Academy Board of Directors. Click below to view a visual representation of the new structure that details the councils, committees, and task forces, as well as depicts the Enterprise fully.

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Current Priorities

The Academy Board of Directors has committed to a focus in FY21 on accessibility.  Specifically, the priorities will be accessibility relative to information (the web site; our virtual conference), patients (legislative and regulatory efforts; SEO initiative), and the Academy (institutional change for inclusion).