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.


2018 OAC

OCTOBER 26-27, 2018

The Ohio Academy of Audiology recognizes that our members need support to navigate the many changes facing audiology and we're committed to offering the resources necessary for you to be successful.  Mark your calendars now! The 9th Biennial Ohio Audiology Conference (OAC) is coming early to help you thrive in a changing climate.  AAA2019 is coming to Columbus in March 2019 when we would normally hold an OAC.  So, in the spirit of embracing change, we are not only adapting to this disruption, we are making it our theme!

This year's OAC, Unconventional Audiology: Discovering Opportunity, is happening at a new time (October 26-27, 2018), in a new location (Holiday Inn, Strongsville, Ohio) with a new format (single, cohesive track).  This will be an UNconvention: unconventional approaches to familiar problems, identifying opportunities for professional growth in a changing environment, and thinking outside the (test) box.  You can't afford to miss this meeting!  

Change is inevitable, but this year's OAC will prepare you to think creatively and unconventionally and offer you strategies to implement immediately in your practice.  Plus. we will be offering 0.2 hours of ethics - right in time to fulfill your ethics requirement at the end of the licensing year.     

Unconventional Audiology Discovering Opportunity

October 26-27, 2018

Holiday Inn (15471 Royalton Rd Strongsville, Ohio 44136)

Discount rate of $89.00. Call 1-877-408-4913 and reference group code OAA 

Click here to book hotel for the 2018 OAC

  Member Non-member
Early Registration (Ends 10/04/18) $250 $350
Late Registration $375 $475
On-site Registration $450 $550
Student Registration $50  



Click here to print off registration form and register by mail




2018 OAC Official Schedule


6:30-7:30: Breakfast available

7:30-8:30: Threats and Opportunities to Audiology: Catherine Palmer, Ph.D.

8:30-9:00: Keynote, Catherine Palmer, PhD

9-9:45: Membership Meeting

9:45-10:00: Break

10:00-1:00: Threathunting OTC and Others: Jacque Scholl, Au.D.

1:00-3:00: Lunch/Exhibits/One hour poster session*

3:00-4:30: Hearing Aids Assist, Cochlear Implants Empower: Providing our patients the information that will change their lives. Allison Feest, AuD, and programming audiologists. Sponsored by Cochlear Americas

4:30-4:45: Break

4:45-5:45: Roundtable discussion on The Present and Future of Audiology (presenters and invited audiologists)

6-7:30: Social event with raffle/auction/exhibit hall party


 6:30-7:30: Breakfast available

7:30-8:30: Help Wanted: Assistants for some AuD jobs (strong technical and people skills required, affinity for ears preferred): Clint Keifer, Au.D.

8:30-10:00 The Audiology Pay Gap/Managing Professional Mine Fields A.U. Bankaitis, Ph.D.

10-10:15: Break

10:15-12:15: Fifty Shades of Audiology:  A current approach to Ethics Gail Whitelaw, Ph.D.

earn up to 12.0 CEU'S through AAA FOR THE CONFERENCE

OAC early bird deadline is Saturday 10/04/18! Please register for the conference to take advantage of discount pricing and book your hotel room today!

The 2018 OAC will include a panel discussion with our speakers as well as some OAA members. If there are any questions you would like to submit to the panel please email us at

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




Ohio Audiology Conference