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.*

 

 

President's Message

2017-2018 GAA President

Kate Marr, Au.D.

 

 

 

 

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

 

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​ ​concernedrequiring​ ​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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