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Special Events

Special Events

First-Time Attendee Orientation

Wednesday, April 18, 12:00–12:45 pm
Music City Center

Is this your first time attending the AAA conference? Join us for an overview that will help you make the most of this incredible experience. This is also a great opportunity to meet other attendees of AAA 2018.

Celebrate Audiology

Wednesday, April 18, 5:00–7:30 pm
Exhibit Hall

Celebrate Audiology is a fun-filled way to kick-off the first evening of AAA 2018! Join us in the Exhibit Hall at 5:00 pm on Wednesday for a celebratory evening with colleagues and industry representatives. Partake in the open bars and food available throughout the exhibit hall.

Be sure to check out the entertainment areas, including a mobile recording studio, caricature artists and an inflatable selfie station. Make sure you have your camera handy, as you might even spot a local “celebrity” or two!

And don’t miss the live music event taking place in the Attendee Lounge. The Academy of Audiology, in partnership with Songs for Sound, is pleased to present an evening with CB30! CB30, comprised of real-life brothers Christian and Brody Clementi, grew up in Nashville surrounded by music from a young age. After playing some local charity events with their father Jay Clementi, a successful songwriter, they caught the attention of country superstar Luke Bryan who introduced them to various industry contacts leading to a record deal with Buena Vista Records, a partnership between Disney Music Group and Universal Music Group Nashville. The name CB30 comes from Christian and Brody’s first initials as well as the fact they were both born on the 30th of the month, Christian’s birthday is May 30th while Brody’s is March 30th. Their young, fresh sound is built on harmony-driven country melodies with influences ranging from The Everly Brothers to Ed Sheeran. In between football and baseball games, you can often find Christian and Brody on the lake fishing and wakeboarding. Their first single “Cool If You Wanna,” co-written by Christian with Jay Clementi and Jim McCormick, is out now. They are currently in the studio working on their debut album set to release in 2018.

Sponsored in part by Hamilton CapTel.


AAA Foundation Happy Hour ($)

Wednesday, April 18, 7:00–8:30 pm
Omni Nashville

Catch up with friends and colleagues at the AAA Foundation's Annual Happy Hour Benefit! Join us for a cocktail and hors-d'oeuvres while we raise a glass to the Foundation, toast our supporters, and raise funds for programs in research and education. New to the Happy Hour benefit this year is a high-end handbag silent auction where attendees can bid on new and gently used Burberry, Coach, Rebecca Minkoff handbags and more exclusively at the event.
Philanthropic support provided in part by Phonak, LLC.

SAA Cheers for Ears Benefit ($)

Wednesday, April 18, 8:00–11:00 pm
Rock Bottom Brewery

Cheers to 30 Years! What better way to kick off AAA 2018 than with some music, drinks, dancing, and karaoke in the Music City itself. Cheers for Ears will be an extra special event this year to honor the 30th anniversary of the Academy. We will be celebrating at one of Nashville’s finest breweries, Rock Bottom Brewery, with professionally DJ'd karaoke! From bebop, country, a cappella, hard rock, rap, or jazz , we welcome anyone who wants to participate. Don’t be shy! This will be a great night to kick off the conference, you won’t want to miss out.

Sponsored in part by Phonak, LLC.

Pedal for the PAC ($)

Thursday, April 19, 7:00–9:00 pm
Pedal Tavern House

Show your support for the Academy's Political Action Committee (PAC) by registering for an exciting, brand new event that showcases Nashville's downtown Broadway area. This uniquely Nashville event will feature a tour of the famous Broadway area on a Pedal Tavern and includes several stops at local bars with fantastic live music. You'll even get the chance to visit bars where many country legends began their careers. Space is limited so sign up now and join your peers in supporting the Academy's PAC.
Corporate contributions (payment by company credit card or company check) and contributions from non-US citizens without a Green Card are prohibited by law. Contributions must be personal and voluntary. Contributions are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Honors and Awards Banquet ($)

Thursday, April 19, 7:00–8:30 pm
Omni Nashville

Our annual Honors and Awards Banquet is a festive evening celebrating pioneers in hearing healthcare and inspiring future innovations. Enjoy a delicious dinner, great speakers, and applaud the influential award winners at this prestigious AAA 2018 event.
Sponsored in part by Phonak.

International Reception

Thursday, April 19, 8:30–9:30 pm
Omni Nashville

The International Reception is open to all members, but international attendees will receive a complimentary drink ticket (in their registration packet). The reception is a chance to connect and get acquainted with audiologists from all over the world.

Membership Meeting

Thursday, April 19, 11:15 am–12:00 pm
Music City Center

Are you wondering what’s next for the Academy? Would you like to hear more about the Academy’s initiatives, advocacy efforts, and decision-making process? Join us for our annual Membership Meeting! The meeting will include a brief message from the President, followed by the secretary/treasurer’s report. This forum offers you the opportunity to interact with Board members and have Academy leaders answer your questions.

Sunrise Yoga ($)

Friday, April 20, 6:00– 7:00 am
Omni Nashville

Invigorate your body and spirit and create a peaceful center prior to starting your day. This class is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced.

Songs for Sound Mobile Hearing Screening (Open to the Public)

Friday, April 20, 12:00-4:00 pm CT

The Academy is proud to partner with Songs for Sound, a 501c3 charity founded on a heartwarming story and a passionate objective—to bridge the gap between “I think I have hearing loss” and quality hearing health care, while increasing inclusion and opportunities for those with hearing loss and deafness. During AAA 2018, Songs for Sound will host a mobile hearing screening unit outside of Music City Center. Together, we will share consumer-friendly information and resources about adult and pediatric hearing loss and how to locate an audiologist. Several Academy members will also be volunteers in the mobile unit, answering questions, and passing out information. We encourage you to stop by and check it out and to pass along this information to anyone you may know in the Nashville area.

Night Out in Nashville at the Wildhorse Saloon ($)

Friday, April 20, 8:00–11:00 pm
Wildhorse Saloon

Join your friends and colleagues for an unforgettable evening at the world-famous Wildhorse Saloon in the heart of downtown Nashville.  Enjoy award-winning Southern smokehouse cuisine and a drink and celebrate AAA's 30th Anniversary. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Zumba ($)

Saturday, April 21, 6:00–7:00 am
Omni Nashville

Forget the workout and join the dance fitness party with your colleagues and friends.  Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the Zumba participants to dance away their worries. Suitable for all fitness levels.