President's Message: AuDacity to Feature New Ideas and Fresh Perspectives on Treating an Aging Population

Author: Ram Nileshwar, Au.D.

Not to give away my age…but, as a practice owner and an audiologist for more than 39 years, I am seeing more diversity in terms of perspectives, challenges, and needs in the older adults that I treat these days, compared to years gone by. My “aging” patients range from active, strong, tech savvy, and acutely involved in their care decisions, to those who are frail, isolated, and struggling to manage multiple co-morbidities and even dementia. I am sure most of you see similar trends in your patient population.

With more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 years old each day between now and 2030, and knowing that a large percentage of them will experience hearing and/or balance difficulties, it is more important than ever for us to identify and adopt the best approaches to engage, encourage, and empower older adults and their caregivers to take charge of their audiovestibular health.

I am excited to report that AuDacity 2019 will feature a day of general sessions, focused on important clinical and business considerations and critical aspects related to serving a health-diverse aging population across the spectrum of care.

AuDacity’s keynote presentation will be delivered by Esther Oh, M.D., a renowned psychiatrist and geriatrician at Johns Hopkins Medicine, who will discuss cognitive decline, dementia and their relationship to hearing loss. Other featured session speakers include Jeff Weiss, who will help us better understand the active aging consumer and Dr. Lisa D’Ambrosio from MIT Age Lab who will share relevant information that you can put immediately into action from extensive aging research on technology, health care, and a wellness mindset. Other general session topics include dynamic panel discussions on serving older adults at different points along the wellness-illness continuum, interdisciplinary collaborations, and insurance coverage and financing solutions. You can expect to take away lots of pertinent and useful information to apply right away from AuDacity 2019!

Please visit audiologist.org for more information and the full AuDacity 2019 schedule. ADA is grateful for its partnership with the Maryland Academy of Audiology (MAA) and MAA members, which will undoubtedly make AuDacity 2019, the best yet! I look forward to seeing you at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor, Maryland in November. For more information and to register, please visit www.audiologist.org.