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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

Ohio audiology advocacy day 2020

Ohio academy of audiology february vlog

The February 2020 OAA VLOG can be viewed here

Ohio academy of audiology members working hard for you at the state level

members of the ohio academy of audiology in support of hb 243

Members of the Ohio Academy of Audiology were present at proponent testimony to the Ohio House Health committee on HB 243 on 2/5/20. Representative Allison Russo is pictured in the center. Past president Holle Aungst and OAA member Carrie Spangler are present in the photo. 

Coverage of HB 243 and HB 436 from Tuesday’s meeting of the House Health Committee and witness testimony from the hearing can be accessed at the following link under February 4th: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/committee/health

Ohio continues to represent at the state and national level

The Ohio Academy of Audiology is proud to announce that we have two audiologists from the state of Ohio and members of the Ohio Academy of Audiology who are running for office for the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).

Ursula Findlen – your current OAA President is running for the position of AAA Board Member

Sarah Sydlowski – a past OAA President is running for the position of AAA President

More information can be found at:


Way to go Dr. Findlen and Dr. Sydlowski for your continued commitment to the field of audiology at the national level and for your current/past contributions to the Ohio Academy of Audiology!

Fellow members of the ohio academy of Audiology

Happy New Year, Ohio Audiologists!  We wanted to keep you informed of some upcoming changes to our events and activities, which also necessitate an Association By-laws change.  Here are some changes you should be on the look out for in 2020:

  • The Ohio Audiology Conference (OAC) will now be held annually instead of biennially starting in 2020!  We are excited to provide more opportunity for additional continuing education experiences for audiologists and allied health professionals.
  • Our Regional Liaisons will now be more involved with the planning of the OAC​, so our OAC committee will now include the Regional Liaisons from the region where the OAC will be held in the current and following year.
  • Instead of doing a biannual newsletter sent electronically, we will be keeping you up-to-date with more information sent out via email and social media.  Keep your eyes and ears open for the latest news from OAA through these various outlets!
  • Did you know- we are now a 501 c6 association instead of an 501 c3?  Different designation, same vision and mission as always!
  • Lastly- our regions are now designated as Northwest, Northeast, Central, and South to better serve our membership


Our Association By-laws will be updated with the above changes.  If you have any questions or comments regarding these changes, please reach out to us at OAA 


Happy New Year!

save the date!

Stay tuned for further details!

Interested in assisting with the 2020 OAC? Please click here to see what volunteer options we have available!

The ohio academy of audiology journal club

The ohio academy of audiology is excited to present our newest member benefit! The journal club! See flyer below for further details!

Click HERETo register. 

* Please make sure you RSVP for the correct regional journal club meeting

You will need the following articles for the journal club meeting:

Article Appraisal Form

Evidence Based Practice

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

Renewals are now open! Renew today!

Click here to renew your membership!

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

Problems with renewing online?

If you are having difficulties renewing your membership online you download the paper renewal form here


Click here to view the latest job postings in our classifieds section!


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.


The Ohio Academy of Audiology is dedicated to advancing the profession of audiology

contact usPlease contact us anytime with questions or for more information on Events, Membership, News and more. Feel free to use the contact information or fill out the short form on the contact page and we’ll be back in touch as soon as possible. Thank you very much for your interestThe Ohio Academy of AudiologyP.O. Box 596

Pickerington, OH 43147


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Please remember the Ohio Academy of Audiology board and all committee members are volunteers and donate their time willingly and at no cost to the organization. Just like you we all work full-time positions as educators, mentors, and audiologists. If you contact us, please be patient and we will respond to you as soon as possible, as we have no hired full-time staff employed by the Ohio Academy of Audiology

legislative update:

State Reps. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) recently introduced House Bill (HB) 243 titled “Madeline’s Law”, new legislation with bipartisan support that requires Ohio insurance companies to cover a portion of the cost of hearing aids for children.

For further information about this bill and how it impacts you as a provider and your patients please click here

For the video of the press conference discussing "Madeline's Law" click here

Please contact your local legislators in Ohio and ask them to support this important bill! 

oaa is happy to announce we now have powerpoints available for use by oaa members for presentations!

Click here and log in to access these powerpoints!

The Ohio academy of Audiology is now on instagram!

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