It seems fitting, as we converge on “Music City” Nashville for our 30th Annual Conference of the American Academy of Audiology, to take time to enjoy the music. After all, “music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything” (Plato). But, music and musicians can also teach us important life lessons. I once read that harmonious and enjoyable bluegrass music requires the stringed instrument musicians (e.g., guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bass, dulcimer, etc.) to play in specific chords set by the lead instrument.
Topic(s): AAA Conference, Academy Members
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
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
This letter refers to a recent article in Audiology Today (May/June 2018), “Together We Can Do So Much: A Challenge to All Academy Members,” by Sarah Sydlowski, AuD, PhD.
First, the article describes the “motivation, foresight, and raw determination” by audiologists in forming a new organization, the American Academy of Audiology (Academy). Yes, the reference to Richard Talbot, PhD, and James Hall III, PhD, in discussing the excitement and interest generated by the ASHA session of 30 years ago was accurate.
Topic(s): Audiology Today, Academy Members, audiology
As we wrap up the 2018 holiday season and begin a new year in 2019, many of us save our expressions of gratitude for this time of year. There is evidence, however, to support that acts and thoughts of gratitude should be shared year-round. Gratitude simply means appreciation of things that are valuable or meaningful. For this season of gratitude, I am most thankful for you, our Academy members.
American author Melody Beattie once said, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Topic(s): Academy Members
Thirty years ago, Rick Talbott facilitated a miniseminar session on the future of audiology. Reflections from American Academy of Audiology (AAA) founders involved in that meeting were published recently in Audiology Today (Fabry, 2018). The article reviewed how and why that miniseminar came to be and described the subsequent inception and development of the American Academy of Audiology.
Topic(s): Academy Members