The OAC is a biennial event offering first-rate continuing education opportunities for the audiologists of Ohio! The OAC attracts well-known national and international speakers – thanks to the efforts of our Program Chair Dr. Gail Whitelaw. Registration for the OAC is offered at a reduced rate to OAA members, and is free for student volunteers.

thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 oac!

We hope you had a great time!

If you want to download to slides from conference presentations you can download them here

* Note some presentations are not yet available due to the size of the powerpoint presentations


Setting up for the OAC

Dr. Gina Stillitano, president, introducing Dr. Palmer

Dr. Palmer discussing threats to audiology

Dr. Scholl discussing threats to audiology

Audiologist enjoying some game changing discussions on disruptions to the field of audiology

Dr. Stillitano discussing membership issues to the conference

Dr. Whitelaw discussing gender wage gap in audiology

Dr. Whitelaw discussing ethics in audiology

Cochlear implant panel

The debate panel discussing disruptions in audiology

Dr. Keifer discussing audiology assistants

The selfie Booth will return to the next OAC!

The past president, current president, and president elect enjoying the selfie booth!

Some of your past and present OAA board members enjoying the selfie booth!

Audiologists enjoying the selfie booth

Many of your OAA board members enjoying the selfie booth

Congratulations to the 2018 OAC Poster presentation winners

Katie Muhvic from NOAC, Best Clinical Poster


Stephen Born and Grace Szatkowski from NOAC, Best Research Poster

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the poster contest and to our judges who took time out of their busy OAC schedule to judge the poster session!

2018 OAC academy award winners

Erin Lynch from Ohio University, 2018 Julie S. Kelly Scholarship Award

Chelsea Blankenship, University of Cincinnati, 2018 Outstanding Student Award

Molly Smeal, NOAC, 2018 Outstanding Student Award

* Jennifer Bournique, Au.D., 2018 Outstanding Young Audiologist Award 
*Not present for award

Amy Custer, Au.D., 2018 Clinical Excellence Award

Christina Roup, Ph.D., 2018 Honors of the Academy Award

Dr. Stillitano receiving an award of appreciation from the board

The 8th Biennial OAC was held at the Hilton at Polaris.

2017 OAC Program

Presentation handouts for OAC sessions can be found here:  OAC Handouts


History of the OAC

  • Originally developed as the Midwest Audiology Conference (MAC);

  • The first MAC was held in 1993;

  • The MAC was one of the largest audiology meetings in the nation;

  • The first OAC Planning Committee was formed in 2001 with the first OAC taking place in 2003;

  • A Student Poster Session was added in 2007 to showcase the research and academic efforts of Ohio Doctor of Audiology students;

  • A state-wide student audiology meeting is hosted the evening before the OAC;

  • The mentoring future leaders meeting MAFO (Mapping Audiology’s Future in Ohio), originally held in 2010, was added in 2013

OAA Awards

The OAA Awards were created in 2007 in order to recognize deserving individuals each year who have made significant contributions to our profession and the Ohio Academy. The OAA Awards have been moved to a biennial schedule to coincide with the OAC. Awardees are nominated by the OAA membership and selected by the Awards Committee. Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Honors of the Academy: Recognizes a member who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession of audiology and to the Ohio Academy in one or more of the following areas:

    • Development of a program, test procedure, or protocol

    • Teaching or mentoring

    • Advocacy or public relations efforts

    • Publication of research

    • Delivery or adminstration of patient care

    • Past Winners:

      • 2007 Helene Levenfus, Au.D.

      • 2008 Erin Miller, Au.D.

      • 2009 Jane Kukula, Au.D.

      • 2010 Karen Mitchell, Au.D.

      • 2011 Susan LaChance, Au.D.

      • 2013 Sharon Lesner, Ph.D.

      • 2015 Gail Whitelaw, Ph.D.

  • Clinical Excellence Award: Recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the audiology profession in the area of clinical practice. The recipient shall have made notable contributions in one or more of the following areas:

    • Direct patient care

    • Development of clinical pathway or protocol for specific patient population

    • Publication or research relating to clinical practice

    • Past Winners:

      • 2007 Paula Webster, M.A.

      • 2008 Gail Whitelaw, Ph.D.

      • 2009 Richard Reikowski, Au.D.

      • 2010 Ann Cola-Schuh, Au.D.

      • 2011 Kristina English, Ph.D.

  • Research Award: Recognizes an individual who has performed and published basic or applied research which furthers the science of audiology.

    • Past Winners:

      • 2007 Craig Newman, Ph.D.

      • 2008 Sharon Sandridge, Ph.D.

      • 2009 Christina Roup, Ph.D.

      • 2010 Lisa Hunter, Ph.D.

      • 2011 Carol Flexer, Ph.D.

      • 2013 Eric Bielefeld, Ph.D.

  • Outstanding Young Audiologist Award: Recognizes an individual who has been practicing in the field of audiology for less than ten years who has made outstanding contributions to the profession. The recipient shall have made notable contributions in one or more of the following areas:

    • Outstanding clinical practice and/or patient care

    • Teaching or mentoring

    • Advocacy

    • Research

    • Exceptional service to the profession of audiology

    • Past Winners:

      • 2015 Audra Woods, Au.D.

      • 2017 Clint Keifer, Au.D.

      • 2017 Jodi Baxter, Au.D.

  • Outstanding Student Award: Recognizes a doctoral-level student (Au.D. or Ph.D.) of exceptional distinction who is currently enrolled in a university in the state of Ohio in the area of Audiology or related to Audiology. The recipient shall have made outstanding achievements in one or more of the following areas:

    • Outstanding clinical achievement and/or patient care

    • Scholastic achievement at the highest level

    • Outstanding contributions beyond degree or department requirements

    • Exceptional service to the profession of audiology

    • Past Winners:

      • 2012 Kelly Holand, NOAC

      • 2013 Dora Murphy-Courter, University of Cincinnati

      • 2017 Brittney Carter, Ohio State University

      • 2017 Sydney Reiman, University of Cincinnati

Ohio Audiology Conference General Poster Session

October 26-27, 2018

Audiologists, hearing scientists, and currently enrolled audiology graduate students (AuD/PhD) are invited to submit applications for the General Poster Session at the upcoming 2018 Ohio Audiology Conference (OAC).

Cash prizes will be awarded to the best poster in each of the following categories:

1.  Research: Original research in the fields of audiology and hearing science.

2.  Clinical: Presentation of a case study.

This poster session is an opportunity to share research and receive input from the Audiologists of Ohio or share your clinical experiences in the form of a case study. Are you already presenting a poster at a national conference? Consider presenting at the OAC as well!

To apply, please submit the following information:

1.  Title of proposal (not to exceed 60 characters)

2.  Summary (no longer than 500 words)

3.  Five multiple choice questions that can answered using information from your poster with at least 4 choices per question

4.  One learning outcome. These are sentences that state how the poster will benefit or what knowledge will be provided to the reader. Use               sentences that included wording such as “as a result of reading and discussing this poster, the reader will be able to identify, label, observe, list, demonstrate, etc.” Avoid stating that the reader will learn or comprehend, which cannot be easily quantified or proven.

5.  Contact person’s name, address, phone, and email

6.  Author Information, including: name, affiliation, city and state

7.  Advisor’s name and affiliation (Students Only)

8.  Letter of support from University Advisor (Students Only)

Deadline for submission:  September 23, 2018

Applicants will be notified of acceptance in September

Submit to Jennifer Bournique at [email protected]




Ohio Audiology Conference