Academy Accomplishments...Ongoing Innovations
- Utilized an innovative and contemporary model of Strategic Planning called Preferred Futures to skillfully reflect both internal and external forces affecting the profession’s long-term development.
- Represented the profession in obtaining an independent seat for audiology on the RUC-HCPAC panel. Despite opposition, the Academy was persistent in its efforts to ensure that the largest association solely representing audiologists is a formal and integral part of the decision-making process regarding coding and reimbursement issues with national impact.
- Evaluated and provided information and member support regarding changes in hearing health-care delivery models (UHC, direct-to-consumer).
Academy Mission Support Programs
- Convened the Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (JFLAC) in 2008, 2010, and 2012, to ensure that audiology has sufficient depth of leadership in the face of an aging provider demographic. The conference is supported by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF).
- Created the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) as an A-4 partner in January 2009. The SAA offers students many exceptional opportunities for leadership, philanthropy, and networking to ensure that we are “building a culture of audiology leadership.” SAA has grown with 67 nationally registered chapters!
- Developed proposed recommendations for the 0-5 year Young Professionals Working Group, designed in part to encourage student transition to Fellow status, will begin this year at AudiologyNOW!
- Provided the broadest advocacy support offered by any audiology professional organization at national, regional, and local levels for legislative, regulatory, and licensure issues impacting our profession.
- Commissioned, superintended, and refined the Dobson Study, which provides evidence-based data quantifying savings resultant from Direct Access for audiology.
- Continued collaborative efforts with other professional organizations that seek to unify audiology’s advocacy efforts.
- Increased funding for Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) to demonstrate the Academy’s commitment to the strategic importance of independent accreditation for the profession.
- Provided ongoing support for accreditation within the academic community through meetings with the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPSCD) and the Council for Audiology Programs (CAuDP).
- Significantly and positively impacted efforts to develop a “culture of audiology” through SAA’s increasing sphere of influence within academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Held the first Audiology Research Conference (ARC) in 2009, as a superb opportunity to share timely research data to facilitate the “research to clinical reality” concept. The Academy has received grant funding to support this initiative through 2016.
- Increased JAAA’s impact factor (IF) over the past five years, resulting in a more significant increase in IF than nearly all of the other audiology journals included in Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports. The impact factor is a measure of the number of article citations and is the most popular metric for evaluating scholarly journals.
- Provided numerous educational, first-time researcher, and scholarship grants. These grants are supported by the AAAF.