AAA 2019: What Is It?

AAA 2019 is the American Academy of Audiology’s annual conference, the largest gathering of audiologists in the world. The 2019 conference will be March 27 through 30 in the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. AAA 2019 will provide audiologists and students with professional development opportunities that are research and clinically based. There is something for everyone at AAA 2019, including unique opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and students transitioning into their career. Expand your network by engaging with other students and professionals at social events, supplement your academic coursework by attending poster sessions and presentations, and get hands-on in the exhibit hall by exploring the latest technology in the field.

Exploring Columbus

Columbus, the state capital of Ohio, is home to several microbreweries, shopping districts, and cultural eateries. At AAA 2019, take full advantage of the city’s bike-sharing and scooter-sharing systems to tour the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown area.

Food and Drinks: Columbus offers more than 100 restaurants within walking distance in the heart of downtown, from dinner in German Village to drinks in the Short North Arts District. After dinner, don’t miss Columbus-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for a unique twist on dessert.

Adventure: Scioto Mile—253 acres of parkland in downtown Columbus features miles of trails and the country’s largest free outdoor climbing wall. Is the outdoors not your style? Feel free to grab a coffee along the Columbus Coffee Trail featuring cold brew coffee, pour-over coffee, lattes, etc., all within one mile of the convention center.

Unique Student Opportunities

Whether you are a returning student attendee, or this is your first time attending the Academy’s annual conference, there is something for you! This year we have several exciting and new opportunities for students, including networking events, hands-on workshops, presentations by experts in the field, and social events.

AuD Toolbox: The toolbox is an interactive event featuring nine round-table discussions with a range of topics that will include something for everyone. Two tables will be geared specifically toward undergraduates. Topics will include interviewing, networking, membership benefits for undergraduate students and graduate students, transitioning into grad school, and resume crafting. Join facilitators for tips, tricks, and an exciting conversation on Thursday, March 28. 

Join facilitators for tips, tricks, and an exciting conversation on March 28. 

Mix and Mingle: This event is sponsored in part by Starkey Hearing Technologies, and will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, March 27 in the convention center. This free event brings together audiology students from across the country in one place to socialize with peers.

Networking

AAA 2019 is a great place to begin expanding your audiology circle! Students have the opportunity to make connections with peers, future employers, and other professionals in both the clinical and research field. 

Hot Topics and Cold Drinks returns this year. Topics will include Advocacy and Policies, Hidden Hearing Loss, and an Unconventional Audiologists Panel. During these events, students can discuss hot topics in audiology with experts in the field.

Groundbreaking Research

At AAA 2019, students can learn about the latest cutting-edge research being conducted by fellow students at various universities. Graduate students in audiology and recent audiology graduates are invited to submit proposals for presentations and posters of their research. Students presenting posters will have the opportunity to answer questions about their research from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29.

SAA Conference

The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) will host its seventh annual conference—planned for and by students! This event, sponsored in part by Starkey Hearing Technologies, will take place from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 30. The SAA conference this year will focus on several different topics, including telehealth, vestibular assessments, intraoperative monitoring, tinnitus, and more! In addition, we are adding a New Professional Panel, which will focus on how to smoothly transition from graduate school to the professional world. For students just beginning their graduate career, there will be several fourth-year externs in attendance to answer questions regarding externships. All students will leave with knowledge on various topics and feel better prepared for future placements and job opportunities. If you can’t miss class or clinic during the week, you’re encouraged and welcome to attend the SAA Conference on Saturday!