President's Message: Summer Days Drifting Away— Fall Brings Member Ideas to Fruition

Author: Alicia D.D. Spoor, Au.D.

I look forward to summer almost as much as an elementary school teacher. Each year, I have plans to take a relaxing vacation, increase my exercise routine with the longer days and warm weather, and plan the rest of the year so I am organized. The summer, alas, begins and ends in the blink of an eye and my glorious plans are all distant memories as Labor Day pops up on the calendar. This summer, ADA members have been productive, and I am pleased to share some of their great work with you.

Over the past nine months, ADA members have participated with other hearing healthcare provider groups to discuss, vigorously debate, and reach consensus on recommendations for the safe and effective introduction of Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids. Lead by ADA member Dr. Tom Tedeschi, of Amplifon, the final consensus whitepaper was published in mid-August. ADA’s contributions helped ensure the OTC recommendations were based on available evidence and that the devices will be beneficial to the consumer. While the FDA may not choose to adopt all of the paper’s recommendations in its final regulations, the consensus paper demonstrates the ability of allied organizations to collaborate effectively towards a common goal. The complete consensus paper is available at https://www.hearabouthearing.org.

Summer also brought forward ADA’s exclusive Audiology Mastermind Groups, which were announced in August. These groups will work within the concept initially introduced by author Napoleon Hill: Peer-to-peer mentoring to solve problems with input and advice from other group members (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastermind_group). Members are required to be ADA members and participants will be grouped to ensure no conflicts of interest arise. This is a great opportunity to get involved with like-minded individuals to discuss topics that relate to practice ownership. The initial Mastermind Groups will have an opportunity to meet in-person at AuDacity in October. To register for an ADA Mastermind Group, contact Carrie Puyear at cpuyear@audiologist.org.

Over the summer, ADA also finalized plans for the AuDacity convention. This year’s event, titled “Bolder Than Ever,” will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida from October 22-24, 2018. AuDacity will open with a very special symposium, Co-management of Comorbid Diseases, lead by ADA member and symposium chair, Dr. Victor Bray. This first-of-its kind event will kick-off the AuDacity regular program on Monday morning (the 6-hour symposium is included in the regular conference fee). Co-management of Comorbid Diseases will bring together leading experts to discuss co-morbid conditions that audiologists will encounter including audiovestibular, neurologic, oncology, kidney, diabetes, and cardiopulmonary diseases. I encourage you to read an important introduction to the AuDacity Symposium, Co-management of Comorbid Diseases.

AuDacity continues Tuesday with featured general sessions and keynote speakers, while Wednesday offers a wide-range (more than 20) member-driven and member-developed courses, which will be offered throughout the day. See page 41 for the full AuDacity schedule.

We understand that not every ADA member can attend AuDacity in-person. Dr. Brian Taylor, ADA member and Audiology Practice’s editor has the answer: He has agreed to dedicate the 4th quarter issue of Audiology Practices to managing co-morbidities. Highlights from the AuDacity Symposium will be intertwined with additional articles from additional authors. Look for the magazine to be delivered in December.

As the days of summer come to an end, I look forward to an eventful fall: the start of a new school year, joining a Mastermind Group of like-minded individuals, and seeing colleagues-turned-friends at AuDacity in October.