As we are in the midst of the best Academy annual meeting ever, I am reminded how much member involvement occurs throughout the year but especially during our yearly conference. Involvement occurs on many different levels. I have heard Louisiana audiologist Steve Madix as he describes levels of professional involvement to audiology students on several occasions. Dr. Madix describes three levels of involvement: observer, participant, and protector.
Topic(s): Volunteer, audiology
As we approach a new year with the Academy, we also begin the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving. For many the Thanksgiving holiday serves as a reminder of thankfulness and gratitude for our families, friends, and, yes, even our profession.
This year, I am truly grateful to serve as the 29th president of our Academy. It is my hope to be continually grateful throughout this year for this opportunity and, to the best of my ability improve communication and focus.
Topic(s): Academy Members, Advocacy, Certification, Public Awareness
This is my final column in Audiology Today as president of the Academy. As I write this last entry, I’ve spent the morning watching Brené Brown on Netflix, reflecting on the past year. Brené speaks about leadership and how this quote from Teddy Roosevelt forever changed her.
Topic(s): Brené Brown, audiology
Recently, I was finally able to get our Inspiration Award winner, Braden Baker, his official award. When you’re a driven and passionate 11-year-old who has raised over $120,000 to help others hear and has been on The Ellen Show, you have a lot of amazing opportunities.
Topic(s): Inspiration Award, Simon Sinek, audiology, Academy Members
During AAA 2019, the Academy’s annual conference, the focus of the General Assembly was on confidence, the future, and loyalty. Those themes were chosen for the start of the conference, but they really should be the focus for the year, if not forever for audiology.
Topic(s): AAA Conference
As we wrap up the 2018 holiday season and begin a new year in 2019, many of us save our expressions of gratitude for this time of year. There is evidence, however, to support that acts and thoughts of gratitude should be shared year-round. Gratitude simply means appreciation of things that are valuable or meaningful. For this season of gratitude, I am most thankful for you, our Academy members.
American author Melody Beattie once said, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Topic(s): Academy Members