Special Events

Special Events

Conference Officially Cancelled

March 11, 2020: In an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our attendees and the patients they serve (who may be part of at-risk populations), the Academy has made the difficult decision to cancel the AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo (and all related activities and ancillary meetings) due to concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This unanimous decision was made by the Academy’s Board of Directors. 

Full statement and details.

Featured Event: Celebrate Audiology  

Sponsored by Hamilton CapTel.

The "Celebrate Audiology" opening reception on Wednesday, April 1, from 5:00-7:00 pm, is a fun-filled way to kick-off the first evening of AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo!

Join us for a celebratory evening with colleagues and industry representatives and partake in the open bars and food available throughout the exhibit hall.



AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo Special Events

First-Time Attendee Orientation

Wednesday, April 1, 12:00–12:45 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Is this your first time attending the AAA Conference and HearTECH Expo? Join us for an overview that will help you make the most of this incredible experience. This is also a great opportunity to meet other attendees at the conference.

Celebrate Audiology  

Sponsored by Hamilton CapTel.
Wednesday, April 1, 5:00–7:00 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center–Exhibit Hall  

Celebrate Audiology is a fun-filled way to kick-off the first evening of AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo! Join us for a celebratory evening with colleagues and industry representatives and partake in the open bars and food available throughout the exhibit hall.

AAA Foundation After Party ($)

Sponsored by Phonak.
Wednesday, April 1, 7:30–9:00 pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Held after the Celebrate Audiology Opening Reception, the Foundation After Party is the place to be on Wednesday night. Cocktails, music, feathers, beads, and masks — join in the revelry of Mardi Gras! 

Paint for the Profession 

Sponsored in part by Starkey.
Thursday, April 2: 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Friday, April 3: 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center–Exhibit Hall  

After a generous response from attendees at AAA 2019, the Student Academy of Audiologists (SAA) once again invites all attendees to help create an audiology-themed mural to be donated to a local community center. Help support the SAA’s efforts by visiting the SAA Humanitarian Booth, #1154 in the exhibit hall.

Honors and Awards Banquet ($)

Sponsored by Phonak.
Thursday, April 2, 7:00–8:30 pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Our annual Honors and Awards Banquet is a festive evening celebrating pioneers in hearing healthcare and inspiring future innovations. Enjoy a delicious dinner, great speakers, and applaud the influential award winners at this prestigious event.

International Reception

Thursday, April 2, 8:30–9:30 pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside

This reception is a chance to connect and get acquainted with audiologists from all over the world.

PAC Voodoo, Ghosts, and Witchcraft Walking Tour of New Orleans ($) SOLD OUT

Thursday, April 2, 7:00–9:00 pm
Support the PAC and enjoy a guided tour of the historic French Quarter. Join a local Master Storyteller for tales of intrigue and the macabre as you stop to see the many sites of paranormal activity and dark secrets of New Orleans. The two-hour guided walking tour around the French Quarter includes a bar stop along the way, as well as a Mystery Audiologist Guest to provide additional local flavor. Don’t miss a fun evening with audiology colleagues and an opportunity to support the PAC.

Grant Review: Speed Dating

Friday, April 3, 9:30–11:20 am
Preparing a grant application? The Aims Section of a grant is arguably the most important piece that sets the premise for the project and serves as the pitch that draws in reviewers' interest and attention.  During “Grant Review – Speed Dating” you’ll have the invaluable opportunity to present your aims page in a 5-10 minute speed dating format to multiple senior and mid-career audiology academics and receive their immediate impressions and feedback. This interactive exchange will help ensure you are able to communicate your aims in a quick and compelling way. 

Grant Reviewers:

  • Amyn Amlani, PhD, Audigy Group
  • Bharath Chandrasekaran, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Colleen Le Prell, PhD, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Nicholas S. Reed, AuD, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Todd Ricketts, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Space is limited so please e-mail Katy Sidwell to take advantage of this opportunity.

Riverboat Dinner Cruise ($)

Friday, April 3, Boarding: 6:00–6:45 pm | Cruise: 7:00–9:00 pm
Docks (Behind Hilton New Orleans Riverside)

Step on board the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Riverboat and cruise with us down the Mississippi River, while experiencing the sights and sounds of America's busiest port. Enjoy the entire boat to yourselves, while dining a Creole dinner buffet amongst your friends and colleagues. Adults only.

Dinner buffet included in ticket price. Cash bar.

State Showcase  

Friday, April 3, 1:00–2:00 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center–Exhibit Hall  

A facilitated discussion among state representatives to highlight outreach, advocacy, and other initiatives taking place at the state level. The event also includes a networking opportunity, an engagement activity to allow for states to highlight their individual spirit, and the presentation of awards to recognize best advocacy program, best outreach program, and best state spirit.

Membership Meeting

Saturday, April 4, 7:00–8:00 am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Would you like to hear more about the Academy's initiatives, advocacy efforts, and decision-making process? Join us for our annual Membership Meeting, which will include a brief message from the president, followed by the secretary/treasurer's report, and open forum that offers you the opportunity to interact with Board members and have Academy leaders answer your questions.

Clinical Education Forum

Saturday, April 4, 8:00-11:00 am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Calling all clinical preceptors! With the theme of “Meaningful Mentorship,” this event will explore one of the foundations necessary for successful precepting, no matter your clinical location. Be prepared to listen, discuss, and problem solve with other clinical preceptors, students, and academics in the “Big Easy.”Organized by CAPCSD and the Academy’s Academic Programs Committee, in collaboration with ACAE.

The only sessions that require pre-registration are Learning Labs and our specialty conferences offered during the conference. All other session types do not require pre-registration, but you are encouraged to arrive at each session 10-15 minutes early to secure your seat. Once session rooms are full, access will not be permitted. Note: the online conference planner does not pre-register you for a session.