The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) is launching its own blog and we’re excited to introduce it to you.

Millennials and younger generations are known to get a lot of their information from online and social media sources. Social media websites can be used to gain insight into the audiology profession by searching terms such as “audiology blog” or “life as an audiology student,” in an effort to find a raw idea of what it is really like to study audiology and learn more about everything the profession offers.

In the past, there has been a lack of personal resources of which  students could take advantage. To fill this gap, SAA volunteers have been working hard to create an outlet that reaches students and allows them to provide their own voice for what it means to be a part of this community full of diverse opportunities.

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are easy-to-use, accessible, social media sites that are becoming increasingly popular as audiology information outlets. Not everyone, however, uses these outlets, and many people do not want to mix social and academic life together. 

The SAA Blog will provide a space where we are able to communicate what we do as audiologists to a larger audience. After all, we’ve all had to answer the question “What’s an audiologist?” when telling someone what you are studying. Instead of pointing to your ear and offering a brief answer, maybe you would consider referring them to the blog. 

Many professionals and students are calling for more focus on educating the general public and other health-care professionals on audiology, hearing health care, and the impact of hearing loss on quality of life. The SAA Blog can be used as a tool to facilitate inter-professional communication, as well as finding a place as a resource for people who have hearing loss and are curious to learn more about our profession. 

Development of the SAA Blog

The SAA Blog has incorporated insight and development from the SAA Media Committee and the SAA Communications Committee over the past two years. The SAA Media Committee worked hard to develop the idea of the blog, as well as research and generate many of the logistical and legal backing. This project was then passed down to the SAA Communications Committee who have been working on taking these materials and turning them into the blog. The blog has been the product of many student and professionals’ input and hard work, and we are excited to present this as a new resource!

Benefits of the SAA Blog 

There are many benefits that the SAA Blog can provide for audiology students. Among the blog content is gaining insight into different areas of the profession, making connections with other students, providing opportunities to discuss and learn about current issues, sharing tips for graduate school, and many other items. We can learn a lot from our peers, and the blog platform more easily will help facilitate this peer-to-peer communication. If you enjoy learning from the experiences of other students, then this is the place for you. Students are also able to share their perspective on audiology-related topics. If there is a topic you’re eager to talk about, feel free to reach out to the SAA Blog!

Make Your Audiology Voice Heard

The SAA Blog is also an opportunity to share your voice as an SAA member, even if you do not currently volunteer on a committee. If you’re interested in volunteering or getting involved in the audiology community, this is a great place to start! Bloggers have the opportunity to choose if they want to be a one-time guest blogger or have a regular appearance on the blog for a set amount of time. 

Potential blog post topics could include updates about students in their externships, student research, guest blogs from professionals in the fields we may work closely with, and more. Our goal is to create an environment where there is a consistent, accessible, and regular stream of knowledge, as well as ideas for students to learn about and stay informed regarding current issues in the profession.

Want to Become an SAA Blogger?

It’s simple! And it’s not restricted to students. We want to hear from a variety of perspectives—including audiologists, students and professionals from other health-care professions, and individuals with hearing loss. 

Please send an e-mail to the SAA Communications Committee at communicationscommittee.saa@gmail.com with the following information. 

  • Your name, school, and school year
  • Blog post topic suggestions
  • Reason why you want to become an SAA blogger
  • Reason why you find audiology ear-resistible

We’re open to all ideas and perspectives and can’t wait to hear from you! 


Acknowledgments

We would like to thank all of the people who have had an integral role in the development of the SAA Blog: Bridget Shanahan, Samantha Ramirez, Andrea Green, Rachael Sifuentes, Emily Lundberg, Lori Zitelli, Hannah Famili, Stephanie Berry, Sueanne Phan, and Jessica Minnick.