Time conspires against us. It hardly feels like more than a decade has passed since I edited my first issue of Audiology Today (AT) in July 2008. In that issue, we interviewed Marlee Matlin about a variety of topics, including her status as a role model for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community; and Peter Scheifele, director of the Facility for the Education and Training of Canine Hearing and Laboratory for Animal Bioacoustics (FETCH LAB) at the University of Cincinnati. We also published a recommended protocol for BAHA evaluation and treatment, and presented a tool for enhancing patient care through personality assessment.
With that, I began a professional journey that has enriched my life in immeasurable ways. Consequently, writing this editorial has thrown me for a bit of a loop, as this will be the first time in 25 years that I will not have a formal role with the Academy—not as a committee member, board member, editor, or president. It’s weird, but I am proud of what we have accomplished.
A time it was and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence
A time of confidences
Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you
— “Old Friends/Bookends Theme” Simon and Garfunkel
As I was preparing to write this editorial, I began perusing the archival issues of Audiology Today and realized that a picture really is worth a thousand words. The cover art from the 63 issues that were published during my tenure flooded my mind with memories, and it became clear that it is impossible to single out a “favorite” moment or article. What it has reminded me of, however, is that it truly has taken a village to produce this magazine. I never cease to be amazed by the quality and diversity of submissions provided by Academy members on a wide variety of professional, clinical and scientific topics.
I am grateful to the associate editors who served AT since 2008, including Mindy Brudereck, Paul Pessis, Chris Spankovich, Hillary Snapp, Gyl Kasewurm, Samantha Lewis, Bre Myers, and Sumit Dhar.
The Academy staff have been consummate professionals. There have been numerous occasions to collaborate with Executive Director Tanya Tolpegin, CAE, and the Academy Board, and I am grateful for their expertise.
Finally, I owe a debt of gratitude to Vice President of Communications and Membership Amy Miedema, CAE, who has served patiently as the “ringleader” to my “idea monkey” persona, and I cannot imagine anyone else putting up with me in this role. I’m certain that she is breathing a sigh of relief as I pass the baton to the new Editor-in-Chief Erin Schafer. The magazine is in great hands, and I’m excited to see where they will take it. Thank you so much for the opportunity, and I hope to see you all soon!