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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 Gina Stillitano, OAA President, at g_stillitano@yahoo.com


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

O H I O- it’s almost time for the O A C!

OAC early bird deadline is Saturday 8/25/18! Please register for the conference to take advantage of discount pricing and book your hotel room today!

Attention OAA members, anyone who has registered for the 2018 OAC by Sunday September 9 will be entered into a drawing for complimentary registration to our next OAC. Register early for a chance to win! The winner will be announced at the Happy Hour!

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 info@ohioacademyofaudiology.com

University of Cincinnati's Annual 5k Run/Walk for Better Hearing

University of Cincinnati’s Annual 5k Run/Walk for Better Hearing will be on August 25th from 9am – 12pm. There will be prizes, raffle baskets (over $3000 in total value!), a photobooth, and much to learn about your ears and the field of Audiology. Funds raised from this event go towards sending our students to rural Kentucky, Mexico, and Jamaica to provide individuals with free hearing aids and hearing services. This is our biggest event of the year, and would love the support of audiologists in the Greater Cincinnati area to attend!

If you are unable to attend and would like to support us you may do so through PayPal (uc.saa0@gmail.com) or mailing a check to UC SAA at Attn: Hayley Stegemiller, 3202 Eden Ave. Room 344 Cincinnati, OH 45267.
Tickets (come with a T-shirt!) may be purchased through the following link:

Now accepting election nominations!

It is OAA election time. This year we have two positions open for elections. Our current positions include a 2 year Member at Large position and a 3 year Treasurer position. Please submit a brief professional biography, reason for your interest in OAA, and a photo to Dr. Holle Aungst at aungsth@ccf.org by 8/30/18.

Elections will be open for voting on the website from 8/31/18 until 9/15/18. If there are any questions about the positions, please feel free to contact Dr. Aungst at aungsth@ccf.org

We are also in need of a South and Northeast regional liaison. These positions are not elected positions and will simply need approval by the board. If you are interested in one of these positions or know someone who would be interested please e-mail Dr. Aungst at aungsth@ccf.org

we are pleased to announce the final 2018 OAC Schedule




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 hours of CEU's through AAA for the conference

The 2018 oac is fast approaching!

Allison Feest, Au.D. and Cochlear Americas are excited to provide new information and communication options. Come learn about new opportunities for patients who are struggling with traditional amplification. Join us for some information and case studies, and have your questions ready for the team during our Panel discussion segment.

The Ohio academy of Audiology is now on instagram!

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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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

What do the OAA Awards mean to members?

"When I set out several years ago as a sole practitioner in private practice I also took an opportunity to become more involved in the Ohio Academy of Audiology. While I was hesitant to add more to a full plate (like us all), I am so glad I did.  Over the years, I have formed many amazing relationships through OAA with brilliant and passionate audiologists who I have learned from and gained insight/motivation to do more and be more than I could have alone.  To have been further nominated by one of my dear colleagues and ultimately chosen as one of OAA’s Outstanding Young Audiologists is truly an honor that goes beyond measure.  I hold the award close to my heart as it reminds me that we each make an impact every day by serving our communities and profession.  I am grateful." - Clint Keifer, Au.D., Outstanding Young Audiologist Recipient 2017

Nominations can now be e-mailed to the academy. Deadline for nominations will be 9/07/18!

Nominations can be emailed to Emily McPheron

Nominate someone today!

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.     


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 8/25/18) $250 $350
Late Registration $375 $475
On-site Registration $450 $550
Student Registration $125  




Click here to print off registration form and register by mail

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 7, 2018

Applicants will be notified of acceptance in September

Submit to Jennifer Bournique at jbournique@gmail.com

For more information and details about the Ohio Audiology Conference please visit:


OAA State Fair

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



OAA Happy hour at AAA Conference

 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!