Headquarters Report: ADA Celebrates 40 Years with a Focus on the Future

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) was founded in 1977 (as the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists), to offer practical support and advice for those courageous audiologists who ventured to dispense hearing aids—at a time when the practice itself was highly controversial, and its future fraught with uncertainty.

With the assistance of ADA, private dispensing practices blossomed during the 1980s, and so grew the need for a clinical doctorate. In 1988, ADA developed the concept of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree and provided much of the energy behind the movement for the transition of audiology to a clinical doctoring healthcare profession. Today, the Au.D. is the first professional degree for audiologists entering clinical practice.

After four decades, ADA remains at the forefront of audiology, and its members are regarded as the vanguard of the profession. ADA continues to lead the way in advancing public policy initiatives, resources and ideas that will foster professional parity, autonomy and success in the audiology practices of tomorrow.

As we mark ADA’s 40th Anniversary in 2017, ADA celebrates the achievements of the past by working harder than ever to deliver the most useful tools and information to members so that they can thrive today and in the future.
AuDacity
The 2017 AuDacity program marries innovation and pragmatism so that audiologist attendees will be able to immediately apply practical solutions to overcome real-world challenges and capitalize on opportunities. AuDacity 2017 will Defy Convention—please plan to join us September 25th -27th at the Mohegan Sun Casino/Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut! Visit page 45 for more information and details.
AuDvocacy
In addition to providing top-notch clinical and business education, ADA is a devoted advocate for members and for the profession of audiology. ADA is pursuing every available avenue to vigilantly protect audiology’s scope of practice from encroachment by other professions and occupations, while achieving professional parity with other clinical doctoring professions. ADA is actively working to address state and federal issues that are impacting autonomous practice across the United States.
AuDience of the Future
Students and early career professionals are the future of audiology, and the future of private practice. In order to best meet their needs, ADA is increasing efforts to identify and develop resources for early career professionals, expanding its mentoring program and cultivating practice financing resources for audiologists interested in private practice. ADA is also seeking new mechanisms and pathways to encourage ownership of the audiology profession through autonomous practice models.
No AuDition Required
ADA is actively seeking volunteers to serve on steering committees and task forces designed to achieve these goals and to create the brightest future for audiology. No audition required—if you have the time, energy and passion to serve, please contact me at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org.