By Therese C. Walden This article is a part of the March/April 2017, Volume 29, Number 2, Audiology Today issue. The lecture for our AudiologyNOW!® 2017 Indianapolis attendees will take place on Wednesday, April 5, and features Barbara Balik, EdD, MS, RN. Dr. Balik is a nationally recognized expert, speaker, and educator on health-care safety, quality, and adaptive systems design. She is a senior faculty member with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Arizona State University Executive Fellowship in Innovation Health Leadership, and she serves on a variety of boards, including the National Patient Safety Foundation and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation. She serves as a committee member of the Presbyterian Healthcare Services System Quality Committee and heads an organization called Common Fire. Common Fire helps to transform health care through partnerships with organizations who are committed to making and keeping promises to patients, families, and communities—promises for care that is safe, that promotes health, that assures value, and that offers experiences that bring joy to both those giving and receiving care. Dr. Balik’s work is applicable to the current state of audiology. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Balik about her thoughts on the current state of hearing health care, and how to address disruptive forces and plan for the future. This interview below provides some hints as to her presentation at AudiologyNOW! You will want to be sure to add it to your itinerary. This content is an exclusive benefit for American Academy of Audiology members. If you're a member, log in and you'll get immediate access. Member Login If you're not yet a member, you'll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also invitations to member-only events, inclusion in the member directory, participation in professional forums, and access to patient resources, tools, and continuing education. Join today!