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President’s Message—Audiology Awareness and Advocacy Updates

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Academy Announces Resignation of Executive Director

By Catherine Palmer, PhD, Academy President

(September, 2020)

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Welcome New Foundation Trustees

The American Academy of Audiology Foundation is pleased and proud to announce the new Class of 2020 board of trustees, who will serve as the Foundation’s governing body and custodians of the Foundation’s mission. 

Pictured from left to right: Shilpi Banerjee, PhD; Jane Kukula, AuD; and Mindy Brudereck Tanner, AuD, will be serving three-year terms as trustees to advance the Foundation’s mission of promoting philanthropy in support of research, education, and public awareness in audiology and the hearing and balance sciences.

Topic(s): Academy Leadership, American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF)

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Our Year in Review

This is my last column as president, and there are so many things that need to be said. Over the past 12 months, the Academy Board, staff, and committees have tackled a lot.

Topic(s): over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, Academy Leadership, AAA Conference

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | New Beginnings, New Behaviors

While I begin this new chapter as the 28th president of the American Academy of Audiology, I am astutely aware of the giants who have preceded me in this role and their enduring positive influence on the profession of audiology. I find myself musing about how far (and not so far) we have come; despite audiology being a relatively young profession. Indeed, over the decades, audiology has come through a variety of threats and opportunities; all have brought their own unique challenges and rewards.

Topic(s): Academy Leadership, academy news, audiology


Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2017

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Implicit Bias and Allyship

In June, Academy leadership invited audiologists and students who self-identify as Black to join in creating institutional change. 

A seven-member steering group was created from respondents to: 

Topic(s): allyship, Inclusion, Implicit Bias, Academy Leadership

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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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Party Like It’s 1999

What a year 1999 was! With excitement and apprehension as to what would happen when the ball dropped and all four digits of the year rolled over to 2000. Some people were stockpiling batteries and canned foods, while others were busy prophesying on what was to come. 

Topic(s): history, Academy Leadership


Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2020

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Implementation Science—Moving Guidelines into Practice

Implementation science is the study of methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices into routine health care. Clinicians can be at different points along a continuum in terms of readiness to change practices. The continuum moves through (1) pre-contemplation, (2) contemplation, (3) preparation, (4) maintenance, and (5) relapse, hopefully settling in maintenance. Sound familiar? 

Topic(s): Academy Leadership


Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2020

President’s Message: Strategic Documents, Advocacy Update, and HearTECH Expo—February 2020

President’s Message: Strategic Documents, Advocacy Update, and HearTECH Expo—February 2020

Message from Catherine Palmer, PhD | February 2020

Academy Publishes Two New Strategic Documents

At the January 23, 2020, board meeting, the board approved two strategic documents contributing to our overall audiology body of knowledge. These are now published on the Academy website here and will be published in Audiology Today and the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA) in various formats in the near future.

Advocacy in Review and Legislative Updates

  • Building on the Academy President’s videos, the Advocacy Year in Review is available to highlight activities over the last year.
  • Academy Senior Director of Government Relations Susan Pilch also did a webinar that offers the prospectus for this year ahead. The archive version of the webinar is available at no charge.
  • The Government Relations Committee (GRC) and staff also have planned a highly valuable and interactive session in the Future Hub. Come to the Thursday 1:30 session in the Future Hub to engage in communication exercises to hone skills and messaging for successful advocacy.
  • Legislation is being introduced in numerous states to adopt the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact. The Academy is helping efforts to counter opposition to the licensure compact, and do not hesitate to reach out to Academy staff if assistance is needed in your state.

AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo in New Orleans

  • Check out the presentations, learning, and interactive fun in the HearTECH Expo…specifically, the Future Hub schedule and plan to attend these thought-provoking and informative sessions relevant to audiology practice today and in the future.
  • Special Accommodations: The Academy is committed to providing the utmost service to our conference attendees, while working closely with the New Orleans Convention Center and all of our vendors, to provide reasonable services to accommodate our attendees while in attendance at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo. This year, we have added complimentary options for auditory accommodations that will help make the most of your conference experience.