Have You Heard? (December 2014)

Drs. Cavitt and Chaiken to Lead ADA
ADA is pleased to announce that Kim Cavitt, Au.D., of Chicago, Illinois, has been elected to serve as its President for 2015.

“Dr. Cavitt brings the perfect mix of knowledge, passion and dedication to ADA that will ensure it continues to provide unrivaled resources and advocacy for its members and the broader audiology community,” said ADA Executive Director, Stephanie Czuhajewski, CAE. “She epitomizes the thoughtful, forward-thinking approach that is necessary to deliver high-quality, patient-centered audiologic care.”

Dr. Cavitt was installed as ADA President during the Annual Member Business Meeting on Friday, November 7th. During the ceremony, Rita Chaiken, Au.D., of Atlanta, Georgia, was installed as ADA’s President-Elect for the upcoming program year.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve as president of the leading national professional association committed to the autonomous practice of audiology and driven by best business and clinical practices,” said Dr. Cavitt. “I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and our members to advance ADA’s mission and the profession of audiology.”

About Dr. Cavitt
Since 2001, Dr. Cavitt has operated her own Audiology consulting firm, Audiology Resources, Inc., located in Chicago, Illinois. Audiology Resources provides comprehensive operational and reimbursement consulting services to hearing healthcare clinics, providers, organizations, buying groups, and manufacturers who want to be better equipped to compete in the managed care and healthcare arenas. In addition to her service on the ADA board of directors, Dr. Cavitt is a member of the State of Illinois Speech Pathology and Audiology Licensure Board, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University.

About Dr. Chaiken
Dr. Chaiken currently serves as a consultant for Atlanta Hearing Associates, a private practice with four locations in Georgia. She is a leading expert in cerumen management and travels extensively providing training for students and audiologists alike. Dr. Chaiken is an Adjunct Professor of Audiology at Salus University and was named the 2014 Salus University College of Audiology Alumnus of the Year. Her previous experience includes founding a private audiology practice, which she owned and operated for 12 years. Dr. Chaiken also served as a regional manager for a hearing instrument manufacturer for three years. Dr. Chaiken has been a member of ADA since 1981 and a member of the ADA Board of Directors since 2010.

Record Attendance at the ADA 2014 Convention
The ADA 2014 Convention, “Going All in for Audiology,” held November 6-9 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada enjoyed record attendance (668 attendees), which included leading audiology and hearing industry thought leaders from around the globe.

The Red Rock Resort offered the perfect venue for world class networking and education—and ADA members were also able to participate in game-changing gaming during the Friday night Work Hard, Play Hard event!

After the “Happy” flash mob kicked things off, more than $50,000 was raised during the Member Business meeting to support and advance the Audiology Patient Choice Act. View the flash mob at www.audiologist.org/convention-archive. If you missed the convention—you can still catch all of the great programming! Visit www.audiologist.org to view the webcast of Dr. Lin’s Keynote presentation and panel discussion, or to purchase the DVD of the entire convention program. You may also register there for the 2015 ADA Convention to be held, November 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
ADA 2014 Awards Recognize “Game-Changing” Audiologists
ADA’s 2014 convention theme, “Raising the Stakes: Going All In For Audiology” was certainly exemplified by the audiologists who were recognized for their significant and game-changing contributions to the profession of audiology. During the 2014 Opening General Session, the following awards were presented:

ADA presented Gregory Frazer, Ph.D., Au.D., with the Leo Doerfler Award to commemorate his outstanding clinical services in his community throughout his career.

"Dr. Frazer is an exemplary clinician who is always willing to assist his peers with advice for tough clinical questions. Whether they are seeking information on diagnostics or treatment, amplification, vestibular or tinnitus—he is well versed in it all! He has provided free audiology services and hearing aids to the Venice Family Clinic for more than a decade and he also volunteers time to lecture to medical residents on hearing loss, dizziness, and hearing aids. In addition, he was the first audiologists to hold dual doctorates in audiology—a Ph.D. and an Au.D."

ADA presented Tim Steele, Ph.D. with the 2014 Advocacy Award for his significant contributions towards advocacy efforts that support ADA’s mission and advance the profession of audiology.

"After participating in the inaugural ADA legislative fly-in on Capitol Hill in June of 2013, Dr. Steele persistently followed up with his legislators and opened his practice for legislative tours, during which he was able to demonstrate the challenges faced by his Medicare patients. His tenacity and relentless follow up with his Congresswoman, Lynn Jenkins, substantially contributed to her decision to introduce the Audiology Patient Choice Act this past July."

ADA awarded George Osborne, Ph.D., D.D.S., Au.D. (posthumously), with the David P. Goldstein Outstanding Audiologist Award, which recognizes an individual for promoting audiology’s transformation to a doctoral degree with the Au.D. as its distinctive designator.

"Dr. Osborne worked steadfastly to promote the profession and to ensure that audiologists would achieve recognition and parity with other healthcare professionals, such as dentists, optometrists, and podiatrists. He believed that the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree should be the entry-level degree for the profession and he worked tirelessly to advance that cause."

In 2003, the first class of Audiology students entered the four-year residential program at Salus, and in May of 2007, he presided over the graduation of that first class. Victor Bray, Ph.D., Dean of the George S. Osborne School of Audiology at Salus University accepted the award on Dr. Osborne's behalf.

ADA presented Rachel Magann Faivre, Au.D. with the 2014 Student Advocacy Award to recognize her significant contribution towards advocacy efforts that support ADA’s mission and advance the profession of audiology.

"For the past two years, Rachel has proven steadfast in her efforts to engage student advocates toward the achievement of the 18x18 Initiative. In September, she became the first student ever to attend an ADA legislative fly-in to advocate for the Audiology Patient Choice Act on Capitol Hill. She also, along with the ADA Virtual Student Chapter Advocacy Committee, recently established an 18 Days of Giving fundraiser to encourage student donations to the ADA advocacy fund."

Northwestern Students Otto and Nyatepe-Coo Earn Victory at ADA Student Business Plan Competition
ADA is pleased to announce that Northwestern University students Rachel Otto and Efoe Nyatepe-Coo earned first place honors and a $5,000 cash grant during the second annual ADA Student Business Plan Competition, held November 8thin Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pictured left to right, Ed Keller, President, Ear Q, Efoe Nyatepe-Coo, Rachel Otto, ADA President-Elect Rita Chaiken, Au.D.


The Competition is geared for students seeking meaningful hands-on business experience, and the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and creativity. Early-round activities included development of a written executive summary and business plan, which was judged on creativity, feasibility, completeness, cohesiveness, professionalism and polish. Finalists received an all-expense-paid trip to the ADA Annual Convention where the Competition culminated with a live general session featuring student presentation pitches, and rapid-fire questions from the judges and the audience.

“The entrepreneurial spirit displayed by Rachel and Efoe personifies what it takes to be a practice owner,” noted Rita Chaiken, Au.D., ADA’s President-Elect. “I am proud of all of this year’s finalists--the level of knowledge, courage and commitment that they have displayed is an indicator that the future of autonomous practice is bright indeed!”

ADA 2014 Student Business Plan Competition honorable mentions go to Brooke Means of Auburn University, who finished in second place, and Danielle O’Neil of the University of South Florida, who picked up third place honors.

Competition Judges included Ron Gleitman, Au.D., Anne Orsene, Au.D. and Andrew Hebert (returning). Audiology Practices Editor, Brian Taylor, Au.D., also made a return appearance as the Master of Ceremonies.

“ADA would like to thank EarQ for its ongoing commitment to support the ADA Student Business Plan Competition by assisting with the costs and donating staff resources,” said Dr. Chaiken. “We would also like to thank our judges who have taught these students valuable business skills that will allow them to flourish in whatever practice setting that they choose.”
Invest in the Future, Become an ADA Mentor Today
The ADA Mentoring Committee, led by Dr. Jiovanne Hughart, is forming a network of mentors, who are willing to invest in the future of our profession by providing guidance and support to Au.D. students, newly graduated audiologists and audiologists who are interested in private practice, throughout the country.

We will have opportunities for short- and long-term mentoring commitments! Please complete the ADA Mentor Application at: www.audiologist.org/mentor-application. Time commitments for mentoring do vary, and the ADA Mentoring Committee is working on some suggested guidelines and protocols for your use. There is no greater investment that you can make in the future of audiology than dedicating your time and expertise to help foster a student’s or colleague’s success.

Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org, if you have any questions about the ADA Mentoring Program. Thank you in advance for your consideration!