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ACADEMY NEWS | Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (JFLAC) 2016—That’s a Wrap!

Another smashing group of young professionals assembled at the American Academy of Audiology headquarters in Reston, Virginia, September 11–13, 2016. Chair and former JFLACer Lisa Christensen (class of 2008) and Academy staff member Sarah Sebastian, along with many other Academy staff, pulled off another successful Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference and spurred these young professionals back into their world equipped with new perspectives and upgraded leadership skill sets, as well as many new friends and colleagues.

Topic(s): James Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology (JFLAC), audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2017

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ACADEMY NEWS | 2015 Externship Survey Analysis

Qualities of a Good Externship

Many respondents reported feeling conflicted with the choice between the most educationally rewarding position and a paid position. They expressed concern regarding their ability to survive for a year on savings, loans, and a part-time job. Many questioned the ethics of a system in which it is acceptable for a student to participate in a full-time, unpaid position for as long as 12 months

Topic(s): externships, audiology

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ACADEMY NEWS | AuD Education Summit: Review and Summary

On October 25–26, 2016, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) hosted a conference on audiology education that was attended by representatives of all 75 academic programs in the United States, with representatives from the American Academy of Audiology, the American Board of Audiology, the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education, and the Student Academy of Audiology also attending the conference.

Topic(s): Education, audiology, externships

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Prepare to Engage

For the better part of two years, the 2016 presidential election has captured the nation’s attention and dominated the local, state, and national news. Now that the dust has settled from this election, it’s time for the Academy to identify and pursue our legislative and regulatory priorities for the upcoming year. In addition to a new Presidential Administration, the 115th Congress will begin on January 3, 2017. As policymakers move into new roles, now is the time for the audiology community to jump into action.

Topic(s): Advocacy, audiology, Political Action Committee (PAC)

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ACAE CORNER | Audiology Education in an Era of Government Oversight (Is Big Brother Watching?)

As we think about the year to come, let’s renew our focus on achieving excellence in higher education by rigorous accreditation. You have heard members of the ACAE Board and myself repeat this concept again and again, but let me reiterate on why it is important and what can happen when it is not a top priority.

Education is facing new and more intense scrutiny. Why is this happening now and why should we be concerned?

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2017

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Expanding Knowledge and Skills Through Certificate Training

The American Board of Audiology (ABA) continues its expansion of services to meet the needs and requests of audiologists. Based on feedback obtained from the profession, the ABA Board of Governors had identified a purpose for targeted assessment-based certificate training for audiologists interested in bridging gaps in their education. Needs assessment surveys of audiologists further revealed the greatest demand for training as preceptors, and also focused training in specialty areas of clinical management.

Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Certificate Holder-Audiology Preceptor (CH-AP), certificate holder-tinnitus management (CH-TM)

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | The Ultimate Guide for Students at AudiologyNOW!® 2017

As a student in an audiology graduate or undergraduate program, you are well on your way to becoming an outstanding audiology professional. With all of the time you spend at school, it can be challenging to find ways to stand out to externship sites and future employers. The AudiologyNOW! convention, in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 5–8, 2017, is one great way to prepare for your future. AudiologyNOW! is the largest gathering of audiologists and has historically offered a variety of events for students and professionals looking to stay up to date with the newest research and technology.

Topic(s): Student Academy of Audiology (SAA), AAA Conference

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ONLINE FEATURE | Post-Pandemic Changes in Clinical Supervision

Clinical supervision is an important component of graduate student education that should be a rewarding experience for both student and preceptor. However, for the supervisor, it can also be challenging and time-consuming to implement and fulfill the many requirements of a student program. 

Topic(s): Audiology Preceptor, COVID-19, clinical supervision, preceptors, audiology education

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ACADEMY NEWS | Academy Awards Two Music Research Grants

In spring 2020, the Academy’s Research Initiatives Committee launched the new Music and Hearing Research Grant Program. Funded by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) through the generous sponsorship support of Dr. Michael Santucci, this program supports research that will expand the body of knowledge to shape best practices in this area of audiology practice.

Topic(s): Hearing Loss, Music and Hearing Research Grant Program, American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF), in-ear monitor (IEM)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2020

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19

The current pandemic has upended virtually all aspects of our lives: work, interaction with family and friends, schooling, travel, and finances. However, Congress and federal and state agencies have continued working under these extraordinary conditions to respond to the myriad of financial and health-care-related crises created      by COVID-19.  

Topic(s): audiology, Advocacy