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The Birth of Our Professional Home

As our Academy reached its 30th birthday in 2018 and our 30th annual conference just this past March (2019), it may be instructive to the younger members to recount the events leading to the founding of our professional home. It all began at the 1987 convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in New Orleans. Before this event, the professional home of all audiologists in the United States was ASHA.

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Our Responsibility to Move Audiology Forward

A culture of quality is needed if we are to bring audiology into the spotlight and highlight our expertise in hearing and balance. Ritz-Carlton co-founder and former president Horst Schulze states that we can create transactions every day, but until we place the person next to us as the most important person in the world in that moment, we will never create an experience.

Topic(s): Professional, Patient care, Public Awareness, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Coding, Reimbursement, Practice Management, Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT), Balance/Vestibular, Hearing Aids, Hearing Health Care

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today September/October 2019

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KNOW HOW | Changing Times Will Revitalize Audiology Services

Audiology services and provisions are changing following the passage of the over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid legislation. In the end, what that will actually mean is still unclear. Likely, we will see a device that can manage mild hearing loss for patients and give them some options for their hearing health care. Those of us who have practiced for many years are still trying to decide how that will fit into our current practice model and whether to incorporate an OTC product in the clinic. 

Topic(s): Patient care, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Audiometric Test, Tinnitus, Cochlear Implants (CI), Hearing, Balance/Vestibular, speech-in-noise, Bluetooth, Professional

AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo Call for Abstracts Now Open

The Academy is looking for innovative, fresh, cutting-edge ideas, research, case studies, and best practices that will motivate participants beyond the conference. 

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JAAA Editorial: The American Academy of Audiology Honors Committee: A Mechanism to Acknowledge Those in Audiology Who Have Gone Above and Beyond in Their Contribution to the Profession


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Volume 30, Number 7,
July/August 2019

Patricia Gaffney, AuD  Chair, Academy Honors Committee
Devin L. McCaslin, PhD 
• Deputy Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Say the Word “Survey”: Inspiring Data-Driven Change for Audiology Externships

Since the creation of the AuD, many conversations have taken place to evaluate audiology education and the externship, but few of those have included large perspectives from significant stakeholders—students and recent graduates. To address this, the Student Academy of Audiology Education and Externship Survey was disseminated in September 2018 to current graduate students, externs, and new professionals to further investigate areas of strengths and weaknesses in the current education model and the externship process. 

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

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KNOW HOW | Lessons for a New Professional Becoming a Clinical Supervisor

As a new professional, I’ve had to learn how to become a clinical supervisor. While I learned the needed skills, I was fortunate to have very supportive, talented colleagues, as well as consistent contact from clinic coordinators at local universities. 

It’s important that audiologists at all points in their career participate in the clinical supervision of AuD graduate students. New professional supervisors can offer a great deal to graduate students and their learning. 

Here are some of the lessons that I’ve learned as I transitioned from student to supervisor.

Topic(s): Professional Development, Professional, Audiologist, American Board of Audiology (ABA)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

Meeting Your Employment Needs

Not only does the Academy help you with knowledge progression and protection of audiology issues on Capitol Hill, your professional society also offers you help with employment enhancement, from resume review to jobs listings to human resource assistance.


Resume Review


Your resume can be an entré to an exciting opportunity or a roadblock in your career. Luckily for you, the Academy offers a Resume Review Service that offers constructive advice from peers.


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Audiology Ranked as 14th Best Career (Out of 200 Jobs)

We all know that working as an audiologist is rewarding and awesome, but now everyone else does too! CareerCast.com, a website for career seekers and employers, ranked audiologist as the 14th best job out of 200 jobs. CareerCast reports a median salary of $75,920 with a good work environment (68/200), very low stress (4/200), and projected growth of the profession (29/200).

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | ABA Is Changing for You!

Twenty years ago, a group of Academy members came together to develop a certification that would serve audiologists by verifying credentials in an independent process that offers an alternative to the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence–Audiology. They developed a program of rigorous education and experience verification with strong continuing education requirements and called it Board Certified in Audiology, in recognition of the substantial requisites.

Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Education, Professional Development, Professional

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019