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ACAE CORNER | A Year in Review

As 2018 winds down and we reflect on our business this year, the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) is optimistic. We are confident in the quality of doctor of audiology (AuD) educational programs and the ability of the profession to meet critical challenges for clinical education. We are hopeful about the expansion of ACAE’s reach to more AuD programs through our standards and accreditation services.

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Clinical Education Forum, Academy Leadership

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | The Year in Review

In December 2017, the American Board of Audiology (ABA) met with a consultant for a “certification reboot” retreat. Our intention was to look at the programs we offer and develop a roadmap for the future. After several days of intense discussions, the group concluded that business as usual is not optimal. We want, instead, to enhance the certification programs to maximize their value and impact for the profession of audiology. Our renewed vision this year focused on identifying changes and additional efforts needed for our “reboot.” The ABA will report more on this work in future columns.

Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Board Certification, Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2018

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Ten Years of the Student Academy of Audiology

October 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA). In the past decade, the student organization has become the strongest, most unified representation of the audiology student population. 

The Past 

The first and original student audiology organization was not the SAA. The National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology (NAFDA), founded in 1998 at the University of Louisville by Delbert Ault, was an independent audiology student organization. In an Audiology Online interview, Ault stated, 

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, audiology, Education

Starkey Hearing Technologies representatives with recipients of the 2017–2018 SAA HEAR Chapter grants at the AAA 2018 SAA Membership Meeting

FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | HEAR Chapter Grants Help SAA Chapters Promote Hearing Health Care at Home and Abroad

One of the most popular grant programs supported by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation is the Humanitarian, Education, and Awareness Resources (HEAR) Chapter Grants, underwritten generously by Starkey Hearing Technologies. Offered twice per year to Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) chapters, these grants help fund the development of a new chapter project or the refinement of an existing project that is either humanitarian or educational in nature, or related to the awareness of audiology. SAA chapters must demonstrate a plan to raise money for a portion of the project funding.

Topic(s): HEAR Chapter Grant, Hearing, Health Care, American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF), Humanitarian, Education, Public Awareness, Resources

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Differentiating Audiologists from Hearing Aid Dealers

To: David Fabry, PhD, Editor-in-Chief and Larry Engelmann, AuD


The July/August 2018 issue of Audiology Today includes only Part 1 of Larry Engelmann’s article on “Differentiating Audiologists from Hearing Aid Dealers,” but I have read enough to reply in kind here and now. I agree with him completely that inflating titles and incorrectly assigning titles can be very misleading to the public, but let’s apply these sins to both populations he addresses in his article. 

Topic(s): audiology, Hearing Aid Dealers

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR | Bookends

Time conspires against us. It hardly feels like more than a decade has passed since I edited my first issue of Audiology Today (AT) in July 2008. In that issue, we interviewed Marlee Matlin about a variety of topics, including her status as a role model for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community; and Peter Scheifele, director of the Facility for the Education and Training of Canine Hearing and Laboratory for Animal Bioacoustics (FETCH LAB) at the University of Cincinnati.

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2018

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | A Year of Positivity and Focus

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

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Jump into the Arena

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

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Confidence Within Our Profession

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

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Quit Apologizing and Be Confident

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. 

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019