got ethics?

In partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute Section of Allied Hearing, Speech, and Balance Services, an 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.


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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election results

The Ohio Academy of Audiology would like to congratulate Heather Vaught and Angela Pelittieri on their election wins!

Heather Vaught will be the OAA member at large for another term and Angela Pelittieri will be secretary for another term for OAA! 

Thank you to everyone who voted!

Northeast happy hour

The Ohio Academy of Audiology held its first regional Happy Hour/Social/Networking event on 11/14/19 in Brecksville, Ohio!

A big thank you to Tina Marks your northeast Ohio OAA liaison for all her hard work in getting this event together for our members! It looks like everyone had an amazing time!

What an amazing weekend!

It has been a very busy weekend for the Ohio Academy of Audiology. On Saturday 11/2/19 the Ohio Academy of Audiology held its third “Mapping Audiology’s Future in Ohio” (MAFO) event in conjunction with its fall face to face planning meeting in Dublin, Ohio.

The Mapping Future Leaders in Ohio (MAFO) conference focuses on encouraging and mentoring young audiologists to become involved in their state professional association. Applicants must have 3-10 years of experience as an audiologist. Applicants are not required to be members of the Ohio Academy of Audiology but had to be nominated by a current member. Self nominations were also accepted.



In March 2010, The Ohio Academy of Audiology hosted its first future leader’s conference entitled “Mapping Audiology’s Future in Ohio” (MAFO). The objective of the conference was to encourage students and young practitioners to become involved in the profession early in their careers. The conference was designed to provide a comfortable forum for discussion and leadership skills training, while allowing opportunities for networking with current state and national leaders.

Fifteen young professionals and students attended presentations and participated in group activities during the inaugural conference. Participants learned about advocacy, state regulatory issues, leadership strategies, and clinical research. Because of the overwhelming positive comments from attendees, and with more than 90% of attendee’s committing to a leadership role in the state association, a second MAFO conference was convened in February, 2013 in conjunction with the Ohio Audiology Conference.

The second MAFO conference focused on student leadership development. OAA hosted 14 students from the four Ohio AuD programs. These students, along with past and current OAA leadership, engaged in an afternoon and evening of leadership training and networking. The students learned the importance of committing time and energy to the profession of audiology beyond their responsibility to patient care.

The Ohio Academy of Audiology remains committed to fostering leadership development in Ohio audiology students and young professionals who are living and/or practicing in the state. This unwavering commitment from OAA is an effort to solidify and advance the profession of audiology in the state of Ohio.

Several exciting topics were covered at the Ohio Academy of Audiology's fall face to face planning meeting including the Ohio Academy of Audiology’s financial support of the Governmental Affairs Coalition (GAC).

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

Members you asked for it! We listened! You got it!

Another important topic discussed was moving the Ohio Academy of Audiology Conference (OAC) from a biannual event to an annual event. The board voted to make the Ohio Academy of Audiology Conference (OAC) an annual event! Starting in 2021 the OAA will host its first annual OAC! The board is still finalizing when and where the annual conference will take place. Preliminary ideas are to move the OAC to different regional locations each year and alternating between a central meeting in the greater Columbus area every other year.

The board also discussed plans for the upcoming 2020 OAC in Dublin, Ohio. Planning committees have begun forming. President elect Ursula Findlen provided updates for the planning of the 2020 OAC. Dr. Findlen and Dr. Gail Whitelaw (who once again has undertaken the role of the OAC program manager) have already done an amazing amount of hard work for the 2020 OAC!  If you are interested in volunteering for the 2020 OAC planning committee please contact your president elect, Ursula Findlen.

The Ohio Academy of Audiology is very excited about this upcoming year and the 2020 OAC! Stay tuned for further details! We again would like to thank you, our members, for your continued support and membership!


The Ohio Academy of Audiology


Thank you to all who came out to the

Ohio academy of audiology happy hour!

Heather Vaught, board member and OAA Happy Hour Planner

Reena Kothari (OAA member) and her father, Wendy Steuerwald (Former OAA member), and Holle Aungst (Current OAA President)

Reena Kothari (OAA member), Wendy Steuerwald (Former OAA member), and Holle Aungst (Current OAA President)

A big thank you to all members of the OAA Happy Hour Planning Committee!


Fall face to face for 2018




OAA State Fair

Members of the OAA representing our state at the AAA state fair event!



 Thank you to all who came out to see us at AAA! Please be sure to join us for another happy hour on Friday 10/26/18 at the 2018 OAC! 


October 10, 2017

The 2017 Legislative Reception was a big hit! Congratulations to Senator Bill Beagle for being awarded the OSHGAC Legislator of the Year Award.

Senator Bill Beagle with OSHGAC member Davida Parsons

Senator Beagle with OSHGAC members Stacy Weisend and Christina Roup

Senator Beagle with Stacy Weisend

2017 Fall Face to Face board meeting/Strategic Planning Meeting

On Friday 9/29 and Saturday 9/30, The Ohio Academy of Audiology held the annual face to face business board meeting and also held a strategic planning meeting. The last strategic planning meeting was held in 2012. It was a jam packed two days and we accomplished a lot. One of the topics we discussed was being more transparent about the direction of the academy. In the coming weeks and months you will see more frequent e-mail correspondence from the Ohio Academy of Audiology keeping you up to date with what is happening. Please feel free to use the contact us link if you have any questions/concerns! 


The Ohio Academy of Audiology hosted a happy hour at AudiologyNOW!. The event was well attended by audiologists from the buckeye state!

2016 Spring CE Event

An Overview Guide to a Successful Practice: What Every Audiologist Should Know!

On Friday May 6, 2016, John Greer Clark, Ph.D., faculty member from the University of Cincinnati spoke on management of an audiology private practice. Dr. Clark’s presentation covered topics supportive of the success of any audiology employment setting.

2016 Legislative Reception

On April 5, 2016, The Ohio Speech and Hearing Governmental Affairs Coalition (OSH GAC) celebrated their 28th anniversary of hosting a legislative event at the Ohio State House Atrium in Columbus, Ohio.

OSH GAC, founded in 1982, is a coalition of Ohio speech and hearing professional organizations including the Ohio Academy of Audiology, the Ohio Council of Speech and Hearing Administrators, the Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association and the Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition.

For 22 years, OSH GAC hosted an annual Legislative Breakfast; however, for the past five years the event was moved to an evening reception to foster increased attendance by speech-language pathology and audiology professionals from across the state.

Colleagues who attended this year’s event were very engaged and our legislators had opportunities to hear about a number of issues affecting the professions including sales of internet hearing aids, need for funding for families with children with hearing loss, school staffing issues and Medicaid Reimbursement.

The legislative reception also provides an opportunity for OSH GAC to recognize a legislator who supports issues that directly affect the professions of audiology and speech language pathology and consumers with hearing loss and communicative disorders. We were pleased to honor Representative Tim Brown as the 2016 OSH GAC Legislator of the Year.

Representative Brown supported HB 98, which names May 14th as Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day in Ohio.

We applaud Representative Brown in recognition of this important piece of legislation which will bring awareness of this disorder to the people of Ohio.

Your participation is necessary in order to affect policy changes in the state of Ohio.
OSH GAC extends our thanks to Oticon, Inc. for their continued sponsorship of this event and our colleagues who attended the reception and helped make this a successful event.

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