The Georgia Academy of Audiology is a professional organization of audiologists and friends of the audiology community that promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research.*



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President's Message

Kate Marr, Au.D., 2017-18 GAA President



President’s​ ​Message​ ​by,​ ​Kate​ ​Marr,​ ​Au.D

  Happy​ ​Fall​ ​(Almost​ ​Winter),​ ​Georgia​ ​Audiologists!​ ​​ ​It’s​ ​almost time​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Holidays!​ ​​ ​The​ ​leaves​ ​are​ ​turning​ ​and​ ​falling,​ ​the weather​ ​is​ ​(supposed​ ​to​ ​be)​ ​cooler,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​are​ ​pushing​ ​towards the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​2017.​ ​​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​the​ ​year​ ​has​ ​been​ ​good​ ​for​ ​you.​ ​It’s​ ​been an​ ​incredibly​ ​busy​ ​year​ ​for​ ​us​ ​all,​ ​and​ ​as​ ​we​ ​know,​ ​it​ ​will​ ​soon become​ ​even​ ​busier!​ ​​ ​Take​ ​a​ ​minute​ ​to​ ​read​ ​these​ ​GAA​ ​updates. Let​ ​us​ ​hear​ ​from​ ​you​ ​if​ ​we’ve​ ​overlooked​ ​something​ ​important​ ​in the​ ​information​ ​below.

  • ●  We​ ​have​ ​many​ ​new​ ​committees​ ​and​ ​opportunities​ ​on​ ​the GAA​ ​Board​ ​and​ ​committees.​ ​​ ​We​ ​would​ ​love​ ​to​ ​have​ ​you join​ ​us.​ ​​ ​We​ ​also​ ​have​ ​so​ ​much​ ​opportunity​ ​as​ ​far​ ​as​ ​growth with​ ​our​ ​membership.​ ​​ ​Please​ ​talk​ ​with​ ​your​ ​co-​ ​workers and​ ​peers​ ​and​ ​let​ ​them​ ​know​ ​all​ ​the​ ​great​ ​work​ ​that​ ​is being​ ​done​ ​on​ ​their​ ​behalf.​ ​​ ​The​ ​times​ ​in​ ​our​ ​industry​ ​are changing,​ ​as​ ​they​ ​always​ ​have.​ ​​ ​I​ ​am​ ​very​ ​happy​ ​to​ ​have such​ ​an​ ​amazing​ ​team​ ​of​ ​eyes​ ​and​ ​“ears”​ ​on​ ​our​ ​board​ ​to keep​ ​us​ ​all​ ​doing​ ​what​ ​we​ ​love​ ​most!

  • ●  We​ ​have​ ​seen​ ​so​ ​many​ ​changes​ ​this​ ​year​ ​with​ ​all​ ​the​ ​legislative​ ​happenings,​ ​both​ ​on​ ​the​ ​state and​ ​federal​ ​level.​ ​​ ​We​ ​successfully​ ​were​ ​able​ ​to​ ​get​ ​audiology​ ​education​ ​to​ ​the​ ​right​ ​people​ ​to help​ ​ensure​ ​SB​ ​153,​ ​which​ ​concerned​ ​the​ ​creating​ ​of​ ​a​ ​class​ ​of​ ​unregulated​ ​OTC​ ​hearing​ ​aids​ ​in Georgia,​ ​didn’t​ ​pass​ ​the​ ​2017​ ​legislative​ ​session,​ ​however,​ ​we​ ​know​ ​the​ ​federal​ ​bill​ ​passed​ ​and has​ ​been​ ​signed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​president.​ ​​ ​We​ ​are​ ​all​ ​currently​ ​playing​ ​the​ ​waiting​ ​game​ ​to​ ​see​ ​how everything​ ​shakes​ ​out,​ ​but​ ​know​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​all​ ​very​ ​vocal​ ​in​ ​what​ ​decisions​ ​are​ ​being​ ​made​ ​as the​ ​specifics​ ​of​ ​that​ ​future​ ​law​ ​are​ ​decided.​ ​​ ​We​ ​also​ ​have​ ​SB​ ​206“Jacks​ ​Bill”,​ ​which​ ​concerned requiring private insurance companies to cover the cost of hearing aids for children, that passed at the state level and will take effect in January 2018.  We will be honored to have Jack McConnell himself (the Bill’s namesake) speak with us at GAA convention in 2018.  Session begins again January 8, 2018, and GAA is already on high alert as to what will or won’t happen in the upcoming session.  I personally am so very grateful for our current board as well as our amazing lobbyists and manufacturer supporters for helping us through all the happenings both at the state and federal level.





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