By Vivianne Wersel This article is a part of the May/June 2020, Volume 32, Volume 3, Audiology Today issue. For 15 years, I have walked the halls of Congress. I did not take a class or even receive any helpful tips before embarking on this endeavor, but over time, I acquired valuable experience on the protocol and inner workings of Congress. Looking back, it certainly would have been helpful if there had been a guidebook, like What to Expect When Meeting with a Congressional Member or Staffer or Capitol Hill for Dummies. Time is of the essence for all audiologists to start their advocacy, so rather than writing a book, I will share my experiences with you in this article. We elect our senators and representatives and, in turn, they should consider our points of view when they vote in Congress. They are very powerful people who are responsible for changing the law and, as their constituents, we can help influence how they vote to support or oppose a law. In addition to their role on the Hill, members meet often in their local offices, allowing them to connect with their constituents and to listen to their views or learn about their issues. Congressional members hail from all walks of life and, prior to their prestigious role in Congress, they had “real jobs” like you and me—they were auctioneers, lawyers, schoolteachers, real estate agents, and even practicing physicians. My experience on the Hill afforded me the opportunity to get to know them. I speak highly of their kindness and congeniality. They are willing to listen and help, but will need facts and a good educator—and that’s YOU! 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!