I am most excited to serve you this year as President of the Georgia Academy of Audiology! For the past three years, I have served on the Board of GAA, and it has been fascinating to connect with other Georgia Audiologists who are passionate about their profession. This is an exciting time to be an audiologist. The practice of audiology has garnered national attention for several years now; we are listed this year as one of the fifteen “Best Jobs for 2015” by Forbes Magazine. Hearing aids and advances in audiology are discussed on syndicated shows, like Good Morning America and Dr. Oz. I’ve stopped counting the celebrities I’ve seen wearing hearing aids! But we also face significant challenges as audiologists; falling reimbursement for diagnostic services, abysmal reimbursement for hearing aids from major insurance companies, and the ever-creeping threat of other fields encroaching on what only we are uniquely qualified to do. It’s a hot mess.
As President, I will devote my energies to helping us all understand these changes swirling around us. Just as we empower our patients to help themselves outside of our offices, I hope to bring the resources of the GAA Board to you, so that you can succeed in your endeavors. I look forward to the collaboration!
MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT: 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.*
The Georgia Academy of Audiology’s vision is to be essential in the professional lives of audiologists by:
• Advancing the science and practice of audiology, and
• Achieving public recognition of audiologists as experts in hearing and balance.
The Georgia Academy of Audiology shall be recognized as the professional organization for audiologists in the State of Georgia.
*We would like to acknowledge and thank the American Academy of Audiology for their inspiration in creating a mission statement that we have adapted for our state association.