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December OAA Journal Club Cleveland Clinic Ethics

About the Course: Healthcare ethics and the clinician/patient relationship have changed minimally over the past 50 years, yet the manner with which many of us interact with our patients has changed quickly and dramatically in the past eight months. The CO


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In partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute Section of Allied Hearing, Speech, and Balance Services, and ethics discussion will take place with Dr. Erin Miller, Au.D., for the December Ohio Academy of Audiology journal club meeting on 12/17/20 at 6:30-8:30 PM.

Cleveland Clinic

Head and Neck Institute

Section of Allied Hearing, Speech, and Balance Services Presents


Ethics Update 2020

December 17, 2020 6:30 pm


About the Course: Healthcare ethics and the clinician/patient relationship have changed minimally over the past 50 years, yet the manner with which many of us interact with our patients has changed quickly and dramatically in the past eight months. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced healthcare practitioners to reevaluate the current methods used to deliver health care services and to explore other delivery models so patients can receive these essential services.  Amid this global pandemic, and in response to several recent high-profile police shootings, healthcare practitioners and public officials have been reviewing our nation’s history of systemically disadvantaging certain racial, ethnic, religious and other minoritized groups.  These explorations have resulted in local governments and Ohio’s governor declaring racism a public health crisis.  The administrative declarations have opened a much-needed dialogue for both healthcare institutions and healthcare practitioners regarding race, racism and healthcare inequities.  While these conversations can be uncomfortable, acknowledging the discomfort and continuing the dialogue can be a catalyst for growth and change.  


Attendees will be required to read two journal articles prior to attending this session. The articles explore these complex issues.  Participants will discuss real-world ethical cases/scenarios in breakout groups.  Each breakout group will establish parameters to manage these complex issues in an ethical manner using the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board Code of Ethics as a guide. A full discussion of these cases will take place with all attendees. 


After this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe current ethical issues associated with providing telehealth services.
  2. Identify potential ethical violations using real-world ethical case scenarios.
  3. Engage in the process of ethical decision making utilizing the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board Code of Ethics.



Date:                      December 17, 2020

Time:                      6:30 - 8:30 pm via Webinar

Presenter:              Erin L Miller, AuD

Title:                       Ethics Update 2020

Cost: FREE

Continuing Education: 

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)



Faculty Disclosure: 
In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education requires resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias. It is required that faculty declaring a relevant commercial interest will be identified in the activity syllabus and announced prior to the speaker’s presentation.

The following faculty have indicated they have no financial and/or non-financial relationship(s) which, in the context of their presentation(s), could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Dr. Erin L Miller, The University of Akron


Financial – No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial – Salary as employee of the University of Akron; Council member, American Academy of Audiology Practice Policy Advisory Council, 2021 American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Virtual Conference Sub Committee Chair, Past Chair, AAA Professional Development Council


Time Ordered Agenda:

  1. Introduction (2 minutes)
  2. Review of Ethical Principles (3 minutes)
  3. Discuss Current Ethical and Legal Issues related to Tele-practice (5 minutes)
  4. Define and Discuss Healthcare Inequities (10 minutes)
  5. Discuss impact of these issues on clinical education for preceptors/clinical supervisors (5 minutes)
  6. Review and group discussion of Acholonu et al. article: Interrupting microaggressions in health care settings: a guide for teaching medical students. (30 minutes)
  7. Review and group discussion of Paul-Emile et al. article: Dealing with Racist Patients (30 minutes)
  8. Breakout groups: Discuss ethical case scenarios (15 minutes)
  9. Full Group Discussion and Input from Breakout Groups (15 minutes)
  10. Wrap up session (5 minutes)


Journal Articles:

Acholonu RG, Cook TE, Roswell RO, Greene RE. Interrupting microaggressions in health care settings: a guide for teaching medical students. MedEdPORTAL. 2020;16:10969. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10969


Paul-Emile K, Smith AK, Lo B, Fernández A. Dealing with Racist Patients. N Engl J Med. 2016 Feb 25;374(8):708-11. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1514939. PMID: 26933847.


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Julie S. Kelly memorial scholarship

The Ohio Academy of Audiology would like to thank the following audiologists who volunteered their time to serve on the Julie S. Kelly Memorial Scholarship selection committee for this year. The Julie S. Kelly Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one Audiology student in Ohio based on academic achievement, overall personal achievement, personal audiology goals, and strength of reference letters. Committee members were responsible for reviewing scholarship applications and selecting a winner.
A big thank you to the following audiologists for serving on the selection committee this year!

The Selection Committee:
- Katie Kelly
- Kate Miltiades
- Valerie Pavlovich Ruff
- Julie Yeater

Congratulations to the following outstanding students who were nominated this year for the Julie S. Kelly Scholarship:
- Alex Belinsky (NOAC)
- Lauren Capaci (The Ohio State University)
- Courtney Cron (NOAC)
- Allison Giordano (Ohio University)
- Annika Hubers (University of Cincinnati)
- Lindsey Kovacs (University of Cincinnati)
- Devan Marshall (University of Cincinnati)
- Kaitlyn Mazzola (NOAC)
- Alexandra Parshall (University of Cincinnati)
- Sarah Ruwe (NOAC)
- Devon Zurovchak (The Ohio State University)

Congratulations to this year's Julie S. Kelly Scholarship Recipient Sarah Ruwe from Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (NOAC)!

Hi, my name is Sarah Ruwe, and I am a third year Au.D. student at the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium. It is an honor to be chosen as the 2020 recipient of the Julie S. Kelly Memorial Audiology Scholarship. Dr. Julie Kelly was an outstanding woman and audiologist who made a difference both on a national scale for our profession, and also on a very personal level with her patients. She embodied the best of what the field of audiology strives to offer. It is a privilege to be affiliated with such a legacy. The funds from this award will be a great help with my tuition as I enter into my fourth and final year of school and prepare for my future as a clinical audiologist. My goal is that throughout my career I would be able to provide individualized care for my patients while also making it a priority to advocate for them and for the profession of audiology, so that even more people might have access to the care we provide. I am incredibly grateful to the Ohio Academy of Audiology, as well as to faculty of NOAC and my family and friends, who are each helping me to make this goal a reality.
Thank you so much,
Sarah Ruwe


OAA Virtual Happy Hour

Thank you to everyone who logged on and attended our virtual happy hour! It was great seeing everyone!

membership discounts

The Ohio Academy of Audiology knows this is a very difficult time for many of our members and audiologists in our state. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us to close our doors to our patients, severely limit the amount of patients we can serve safely on a daily basis, and completely change some of the ways we as audiologists provide hearing and balance healthcare to our patients.

With this understanding the Ohio Academy of Audiology has extended the discount for a 2 year membership. Until 1/01/2021, you can join the Ohio Academy of Audiology for a 2 year membership for $110 (that is a $20 discount on a 2 year membership!)!!!!!!

As with any great paradigm shift in business, we too will have to change our models of care to adapt and survive in the current pandemic. During times of crisis laws and regulations change quickly and sometimes without the in-depth analysis or study of the consequences that normally occurs. The Ohio Academy of Audiology is still here for you and monitoring changes to laws that impact you at the state and federal level and acting as a voice for you all.

You may be asking yourself why should I join the Ohio Academy of Audiology?

What are the benefits of being a member of OAA?

We understand that when you choose membership in any organization you expect value for your dollars. Being a member of OAA will provide you with:

  • Opportunity to provide leadership to our profession: working with and networking with colleagues throughout the state of Ohio.
  • Reduced registration fees at Continuing Education Events and the Biennial Ohio Audiology Conference (OAC). The OAC is an exceptional continuing education that brings in outstanding and well-respected speakers and researchers in our field.
  • Access to the Member’s Only Area of the OAA Website
  • Registration of your practice on the ‘Find an Audiologist’ search engine on the OAA website. We are actively advertising this feature to physicians, potential patients, and allied healthcare providers as part of our ongoing outreach networks. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for free advertisement of your practice!
  • Access to the membership directory as well as networking opportunities with fellow audiologists throughout the state.
  • Access to legislative updates for both state and national issues.
  • Finally, the benefits  of  OAA  membership  go  well  beyond  those  tangibles listed. Membership  contributes  to  your  personal  growth  and  professional  membership  allows  you  to  be  a  part  of  the  growing  “Audiology  Family”  in  Ohio


What does OAA due with my membership dues?

It is important for you to understand where membership dues are being spent. OAA dues are critical in the support of:

  • Support for legislative representation in Columbus: Our lobbyist Governmental Policy Group. THIS SUPPORT IS CRITICAL to our professional future!
  • Support for continuing education opportunities (Annual CE Events and Biennial Ohio Audiology Conference)
  • Support for routine outreach efforts to the public, physicians, and allied health providers to educate about What Audiology Is, What Audiologists Do, When to Refer to an Audiologist, etc
  • Support for maintenance and updating of the official website


If you are already a member of the Ohio Academy of Audiology and have renewed your membership, we thank you for your continued support! If you are a current member and have not renewed your membership, please take advantage of these savings for a 2 year membership! If you are not a member of the Ohio Academy of Audiology, we ask that you please join and help us help to continue to serve you and your patients!


The Ohio Academy of Audiology


Hello Members,

Elections for the Ohio Academy of Audiology concluded on 9/15/20. We had one position open this year for the member at large.

We would like to congratulate Kelsey Krueger, AuD as she was selected for the open member at large position. Thank you everyone for voting!

Kelsey Krueger, AuD is a clinical audiologist at Aultman Medical Group in Canton, Ohio. She provides comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, and rehabilitation options to children and adults. Kelsey received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Hearing Science from The Ohio State University in 2012. She remained at the University to complete her Doctorate of Audiology in 2016. She has worked extensively with traditional hearing aids, osseointegrated devices, cochlear implants, and hearing protection. Kelsey has served on the Ohio Academy of Audiology Board as a Member-At-Large since 2017. Kelsey has also been actively involved on the Ohio Academy of Audiology’s Conference Planning Committee. Her professional interests include clinical research, increasing community awareness about hearing loss, and amplification/treatment options for hearing impairment. She enjoys participating in community outreach and professional conferences. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her family and dogs.


Why are you running for the member at large position?

I am looking forward to running for re-election of my current position, Member at Large of the Ohio Academy of Audiology Board. I have volunteered on the Board in some capacity since I was a student representative in 2014. Since then, I have witnessed the countless hours of dedication it takes a small group of audiologists to ensure our members have exceptional educational opportunities, that our voices are heard at the legislative level, and that our profession stays in the public eye through outreach efforts in the community. I have enjoyed being a part of these efforts and believe I can continue supporting the best interests of Ohio audiologists through my current position. I would be honored to have the opportunity to continue serving our profession in this capacity.



Thank you all for voting!

important audiology legislation

* From the American Academy of Audiology website 

Express Your Concerns About Legislation Requiring Technical Qualifications and Mandated Hiring of Hearing Instruments Specialists in the VA

June 08, 2020 Government Relations NEWS

Visit the Academy Legislative Action Center to Contact Your Elected Representatives About H.R. 6612/S.785.  

H.R. 6612 and one section of S.785 would require the VA Secretary to prescribe technical qualifications to be appointed as a “licensed hearing aid specialist” within the VA by a date certain and the appointment of at least one such individual at each VA Medical Center within two years.

The legislation would require that the technical qualifications for a “licensed hearing aid specialist” be consistent with the Department of Labor (DOL) hearing instrument apprenticeship program and the core task competencies for hearing instrument specialists as determined by the Occupational Information Network Database (ONET).

The DOL apprenticeship program has no has no minimum number of training hours required for completion and the ONET database is not designed to appropriate to determine the specific skills and competencies needed for a specific job within a specific organization—like the VA. 

The VA currently has the authority to hire hearing instrument specialists as needed.  The mandates outlined in this legislation could impede the VA’s ability to evaluate and deploy scarce resources as needed.

Ohio Academy of audiology August journal club

Date: Thursday 8/20/2020

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Virtually on Zoom 


Brottman, M.R., Char, D.M., Hattori, R.A., Heeb, R., Taff, S.D. (2020). Toward cultural competency in health care: A scoping review of the diversity and inclusion education literature. Academic Medicine, 95(5), 803-813.

Wilbur, K., Snyder, C., Essary, A.C., Reddy, S., Will, K.K., Saxon, M. (2020). Developing workforce diversity in the health professions: A social justice perspective. Health Professions Education, 6, 222-229.

Short essay by Jennifer Okwerekwu (2016), which can be found at: https://www.statnews.com/2016/04/11/racism-medical-education/

This event is free to members of the Ohio Academy of Audiology and $5 for non-members. This event will award 0.1 CEU's

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Important Message Regarding the Ohio Audiology Conference 2020:

The Ohio Audiology Conference that was scheduled to occur in October 2020 has been postponed to 2021 out of an abundance of caution.  Many factors were taken into consideration for this decision, but ultimately the safety of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors drove the final decision.  We look forward to planning the 2021 conference and hope to have more details to share soon!

Statement from the Ohio Academy of Audiology

Dear Fellow Audiologists:

There is no doubt that 2020 has turned out to be one of the most challenging years in recent history for a number of reasons.  But with challenges comes opportunity for true change.  The Code of Ethics we follow as Ohio audiologists demands we engage in the provision of hearing and balance healthcare without discrimination. As such, The Ohio Academy of Audiology Board of Directors denounces systematic racism and the violence incited in its name.  In multiple localities across Ohio, local and state representatives have come together to denounce violence and declare racism a public health crisis.  We, as healthcare providers, must play a role in the solution to this crisis, and we, as communication experts, can do just that with what we know best- LISTEN AND SPEAK.


  • To your friends, family, colleagues, patients/clients of color speak their truth about how these acts have impacted them on a personal and professional level.
  • To stories written on hardships past and present.
  • To history and know that if we acknowledge it, we can play a part in not repeating it.



  • Address the Inequities you witness or experience yourself...Do Not be a Bystander.
  • Be an Ally by Advocating for Change.  Advocacy occurs on local, state, and national levels- get involved to address inequities in Ohio with viable solutions.  Contact your national governing body of choice to get involved on the national level.
  • Vote.  Educate yourself on your representation and where they stand on these issues and issues that mean the most to you, both professionally and personally.  Then exercise your right to vote for those who speak your voice and how you want change to materialize.


We stand with our colleagues, friends, families, patients/clients, and communities when we state #RacismIsAPublicHealthCrisis.  We appreciate our members and their continued commitment to providing exceptional services to all patients/clients and their families equally during these tumultuous times. #hEARohio.

Best Regards,

The OAA Board of Directors

The Ohio academy of audiology celebrates better hearing and speech month

Check out our wonderful video on youtube featuring several members of your ohio academy of audiology board!


stay safe and healthy everyone!

Ohio academy of audiology covid-19 response

Dear Fellow Ohio Audiologists,

It has certainly been an interesting time to be a healthcare provider, and as things continue to evolve we will all have to be creative and innovative with how we address the needs of our patients balanced with our own needs and that of our families.  As healthcare providers, we are essential to the fight against COVID-19 and we can contribute meaningfully by both providing essential needed patient care services and by exercising social/physical distancing for non-essential patient needs.  Several resources are available as guidance for clinical practice during this time, including Dr. Amy Acton’s recent Stay-at-Home order which defines healthcare providers as essential and able to perform needed services for patients.  Additionally, the American Academy of Audiology has provided COVID-19 Clinical Practice Recommendations and a recorded video address from current president, Dr. Catherine Palmer, to provide clarity during these uncertain times.

Taken together, the messages received suggest that essential patient care during these times can still occur, but with proper precautions and discretion.  If there are patient care needs that are essential (ie: facilitating communication for medical treatment and/or communicating needs in an emergency) providers can still engage in those services but should make every attempt to provide them within the context of social/physical distancing.  In accordance with our state’s emergency declarations, tele-health can and should be used whenever possible.  Telehealth resources are available through AAA, including Telehealth Resource CentersTelehealth Articles, and a Telehealth Tool-kit.   

For more information specific to Ohio, please visit the Ohio Department of Health dedicated COVID-19 website and specific resources available therein for healthcare providers.


Be well,

Ursula Findlen, OAA President

#hEARohio #audiology #coronavirus

The Governmental Affairs Coalition continues to be the leading voice for audiology in Ohio. Our lobbyist and GAC affect change at the state level all the time. Recently, OAA’s representatives provided critical input into the development of recently introduced HB 243, requiring insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids, without which audiologists may not have been included as providers! This bill has bipartisan support and OAA and parents support the passage.  Our voice is important because if we don’t speak up, someone else will, and we need to speak into the microphone.  Almost 50% of your dues for the Ohio Academy of Audiology go directly to the critical effort of funding our voice at the legislative level.

 We would like to highlight some of the important work in 2019 that GAC has performed to support you as audiologists in the state of Ohio and the patients you serve:

  • Met with representatives of the newly elected DeWine administration to discuss GAC and our priorities;
  • Met with advocates of the LEAD-K movement to explain our concerns with possible legislation;
  • Participated in a conference call with Susan Adams of ASHA regarding LEAD-K;
  • Organized and led a coalition of 35 organizations to explore recommendations for Medicaid procurement of managed care contracts;
  • Successfully advocated for renewal of OHAAP, protection of special education weighted funding formula and continuation of Medicaid expansion in biennial budget bill;
  • Met with representatives to discuss the possibility of a hearing aid insurance mandate bill, which led to the introduction of HB 243;
  • Met with the occupational therapy association to discuss a memorandum of understanding related to the Medicaid Schools Program;
  • Participated in a call with ASHA and the Council of State Governments on state compact legislation, and followed up with names of Ohio legislators who may be interested in participating in a summit on the issue;
  • Met with the sponsor of HB 129 to suggest revisions to his legislation which would allow motorcyclists to wear hearing protection in both ears while riding;
  • Presented testimony to Ohio Medicaid on its telemedicine rule, 5160-1-18, requesting that the rule’s scope be broadened to include SLP and audiology services;
  • Participated in press conference on hearing aid insurance mandate bill, HB 243;
  • Participated in a conference call with OSHPB regarding audiology assistants;
  • Met with a legislator to discuss outreach to ODE for release of the final report from the School Workforce Shortage Taskforce;
  • Reviewed revisions to the Medicaid provider eligibility rule and the ODH Universal Newborn Hearing Screening rules; and
  • Agreed to participate in a January 2020 ASHA webinar segment regarding the importance of advocacy.

As you can see the GAC is YOUR voice when it comes to issues directly impacting you and your patients in the state of Ohio. We urge you to continue to pledge your financial and professional support for the GAC by continuing your membership with the Ohio Academy of Audiology and through your continued donations to the GAC. Together as a team we can protect the scope of practice in audiology in the state of Ohio and continue to fight for what our patients need in terms of hearing and balance healthcare!


Click here to donate to the OSHPAC to continue to support GAC and their important mission!

Have questions about the GAC? Your GAC representatives for OAA are:

Gina Hounam
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH

Christina Roup
110 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH

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The Ohio Academy of Audiology (OAA) is dedicated to advancing the profession of audiology, and supports audiologists in their mission to provide expert hearing and balance care in Ohio.

Please explore our website – take a look at our events and keep up-to-date with the Academy news; read about our Award winners in the honors and awards section. Learn more about our members in the member spotlight; and don’t forget to join the Academy! If you’d like to become involved in the Academy, please email us at [email protected]


The Ohio Academy of Audiology, as the leading authority, supports audiologists in their mission to provide expert hearing and balance care in Ohio.


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