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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Get On Our Level!

As members of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Board, we often hear that one of the greatest challenges local SAA chapters and our student members face is incorporating advocacy into their daily and chapter activities. When students think about advocacy, it tends to be on a large scale. We envision pictures of students standing in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC. with their folders, clipboards, and leave-behinds.

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, Students, Advocacy

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Grassroots Advocacy Is Critical During August Recess

Every August, members of Congress decamp from Washington, DC, to return to their home districts to meet with constituents and attend local events. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Political Action Committee (PAC), PROSPER Act, Grassroots Advocacy Network


Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2018

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Academy Kicks Off 116th Congress with In-Person Congressional Visits

The 2018 mid-term elections left a reshaped Congress, with nearly 100 new representatives and senators coming to Washington, DC. This much turnover has led to great opportunities for the Academy’s government relations department to build relationships with new members of Congress, many of whom have not held elected office before. The new class is the most diverse and the most educated in congressional history.

Topic(s): Advocacy, Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (MTPA), Medicare administrative contractors (MACs)


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | A Personal Journey Toward Advocacy

I met my husband when I was finishing graduate school at San Diego State University. It was a storybook romance—he was the general’s aide-de camp and I was the colonel’s daughter. Lt. Col. Rich Wersel was an outstanding Marine, accepting every position and assignment with the utmost dedication and sense of honor. He was a part of the initial invasion in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He even volunteered to go back to Iraq in 2005, taking the place of a fellow Marine who was experiencing a personal hardship.

Topic(s): Advocacy, audiology

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Students and Their State Voice

FIGURE 2. Vanderbilt University students (left to right) Sarah Alfieri, Liz Agboola, Steven Carter, and Maureen Virts.

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, National Day at Your State Capital Day, Advocacy


Publication Issue: Audiology Today September/October 2018

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Congressional Swearing-In Day—the 116th Congress Begins

On January 3, 2019, the 116th Congress officially was sworn in. Having worked in Washington, DC, for a number of years, when Congress is inaugurated is one of my favorite days of the year. It is a day filled with celebration as the Capitol and surrounding buildings are filled with members of Congress and their families, congressional staffers, campaign staffers, constituents, and lobbyists.

Topic(s): Advocacy


Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | 116th Congress Presents Opportunities, Challenges for Legislation

As the dust settled from the midterm elections in November, the Academy, along with all DC policy shops, lobbying firms, and advocacy organizations began preparing for a new reality that would dominate Capitol Hill for at least the next two years: a split Congress. 

Democratic candidates made sharp gains in suburban areas of the country, while Republicans maintained their dominance in more rural states. Both parties are able to claim national victories, with Democrats picking up 40 seats in the House and Republicans picking up two Senate seats. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Telehealth


Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2019

The Listening Project: Interview with Jane Madell, PhD

Jane Madell, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric hearing loss and spoken language. She has been on the front lines of advancing efforts in pediatric audiology and speech-language pathology for over 45 years. A few years ago, while giving a workshop she ran across the mother of a former patient, who happened to be the award-winning filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky. The serendipitous encounter resulted in The Listening Project, a documentary film about 15 deaf adults who were former pediatric patients of Dr. Madell.

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Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 Would Expand Role of Audiology

Much of the focus of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act of 2017 (S.670 and H.R.1652) has been on improving accessibility and affordability to hearing aids by providing a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) distribution channel for patients who are comfortable with self-assessment and fitting of hearing aids.

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Academy Responds to USPSTF

In December 2011, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) invited comments on their Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults draft recommendation statement. President Therese Walden submitted a response on behalf of the Academy.

How could the USPSTF make this draft Recommendation Statement clearer?

The statement is clear – there is a great need for evidence to support (or refute) the benefit of screening for hearing loss in adults without symptoms/report of hearing loss.

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