Ohio Academy Audiologists,

I am honored to serve you in the upcoming months as the incoming Ohio Academy President.  A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Dr. Gina Stillitano for her leadership and work as 2018 OAA President.  Dr. Stillitano and the Ohio Academy Conference (OAC) Committee and Board put on an amazing convention in October, 2018.  Planning for our next OAC is underway for 2020 and we hope you will all join us for education and connection!

Ohio has always been home to me.  When I ‘moved forward’ to Ohio from Florida several years ago, I knew I was home.  In joining the Ohio Academy of Audiology and the board as Northeast Ohio Liaison in 2015, I found an amazing group of dedicated professionals who work together to plan and execute events as well as run the day to day business of the Ohio Academy.  I know other state academies hire management groups at significant expense to take care of the business of running an organization.  An all-volunteer led Ohio Academy means members take on additional tasks and give of their time.  I found I was not only impressed with the level of commitment by our board and members, but there was a hidden treasure in this.  Members get to know each other and work together on projects to achieve common goals – such as the OAC, or supporting student events.  This camaraderie translates into unified collaboration, even when differing points of view occur.  I discovered that the Ohio Academy works together for the betterment of our profession and the patients we serve.  I am excited to be part of a group of professionals who make a difference for others.

Several exciting events will be held this year our state, including the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology in Columbus, March 27 – March 30.  Look for events to include an Ohio Happy Hour March 28th and State Fair in the Exhibit Hall March 29th.  Information will be posted on our website. 

I’m looking forward to the next year and welcome all to the Ohio Academy of Audiology!

Holle

 

Holle Aungst, AuD

President


Dear Audiology Colleague:

The Ohio Academy of Audiology wants you! The OAA membership year begins on July 1.  If you are currently a member, thank you for your dedication to the future of our practice and we look forward to another year with you! For those who are not yet members, now is the time to join an organization which works to provide you with the resources you need to succeed in your career!

Renew your membership now or join OAA at https://ohioacademyofaudiology.com/join.php.

Your membership enabled us to accomplish so much this past year, including:

  • The Ohio Audiology Conference (OAC) in October 2018, where audiologists learned from nationally acclaimed speakers and earned up to 20 continuing education units (CEU), including 11 Tier 1 hours, without leaving Ohio. Members of OAA enjoyed reduced registration fees for this great event.
  • 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 go directly to the critical effort of funding our voice at the legislative level.
  • Our social media and internet presence provides members with accurate, up to date information in a secure and easy to navigate system. Information on our website (ohioacademyofaudiology.com) includes legislative updates, ‘Find an Audiologist’ feature and news. OAA also has a strong social media presence to share awareness of Audiology and current issues. Check out Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
  • Outreach PowerPoint templates available to support your community education endeavors in your area.

 

For 2019-2020 we are excited to introduce:

  • “Mug Club” social events to meet fellow audiologists in your area and to discuss current hot topics. At least one board member from OAA will be at each event.
  • Journal Clubs, offering CEU and networking opportunities around the state.

 

We are stronger with you!  We have fun, make positive impacts and you are wanted!  We can only continue this work if Ohio audiologists support it. A one year membership is only $80 and a two year membership is only $130. That’s only $5.42 per month to make sure your voice as an Ohio audiologist is heard. You can’t afford not to be a member! Join today at https://ohioacademyofaudiology.com/join.php to gain access to the Member’s Only section of the website and to support Ohio audiology. Questions? Please contact us at [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support of audiology in Ohio,

Holle Aungst, AuD

President, Ohio Academy of Audiology

 

Michelle Shannon, AuD

Membership Chair, Ohio Academy of Audiology

From OAA President