Each year, the American Academy of Audiology Foundation hosts multiple exciting events at the annual conference. The annual Auction 4 Audiology launches on April 9, 2018 and runs throughout the AAA Conference. It is one of the most anticipated activities during the conference. The auction provides an opportunity to shop for ear-themed artwork and accoutrements, popular electronic items, gift baskets, new jewelry, and designer duds.  

In addition to the annual Auction 4 Audiology, the Foundation will be hosting a designer handbag silent auction live during the Foundation’s Happy Hour. Tickets to the Happy Hour may be purchased in advance or at the door with special rates available for students and new professionals. You will have the opportunity to bid on new and gently used high-end designer handbags, such as Burberry, Coach, and Kate Spade, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks, meeting new colleagues, and catching up with old friends. You must be in attendance to bid and win! 

The Foundation Happy Hour handbag auction kicks off the first night of conference events immediately following Celebrate Audiology on Wednesday, April 18, from 7:00–8:30 pm, at the Omni Nashville Hotel. 

Join us for the Foundation’s “Lead Like a Girl” featured lecture with presenter Tacy Byham, PhD, chief executive officer of Development Dimensions International on Thursday, April 19, from 3:00–6:00 pm. Dr. Byham will be on hand following her presentation to sign copies of her book, Your First Leadership Job: How Catalyst Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others. 

To help you wake up with that philanthropic feeling on a Friday morning, Coffee for a Cause will return at the entrance to the Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology. Your suggested donation of $5 per cup, will go directly to support the AAA Foundation’s efforts in promoting research, education, and public awareness. This is a great opportunity to meet your Foundation trustees and discuss the latest projects and initiatives from the Foundation. 

The Foundation is once again partnering with the Oticon Foundation to host the annual Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology on Friday, April 20, from 9:00–11:00 am. This year’s speaker is Dana Suskind, MD, professor of surgery and director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Chicago. Dr. Suskind’s cochlear implant work led her to found Thirty Million Words, a program empowering parents and caregivers from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to harness the power of their language with child directed speech to maximize the home language environment for long-term academic and social success. The popular Marion Downs Lecture is always highly attended; make sure you arrive early to secure a seat near the front, while enjoying a cup of coffee from Coffee for a Cause. 

For American Academy of Audiology members who are experiencing barriers to attend the conference due to financial hardship, the Foundation is offering the Membership Assistance Program. This program provides complimentary conference registration for selected applicants. Please see the Foundation’s website (www.audiologyfoundation.org) for more details on how to apply for this program. 

The Foundation Board of Trustees looks forward to seeing you in Nashville!