Mission and History of the New Jersey Academy of Audiology
President's Message 2017
Donna Goione Merchant, AuD
Welcome to NJAA’s new website. We are pleased to launch the redesigned and improved functionality of our website. This will allow our members to find the latest NJ audiology related news and have easier access to conference information and other member benefits.
This year our annual conference discussing Noise-induced Hearing Loss will be held on Friday October 13. Our guest speakers are Sharon Kujawa, PhD and Marshall Chasin, AuD. They will provide detailed research and clinical information on hidden hearing loss & musicians with hearing loss. We are very excited to learn from them.
We are also making headway on a state level. NJAA Board of Directors Janet Koehnke and Robert Woods attended a meeting on June 12 to provide testimony to the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on the Single Licensure for audiologists. Our bill was heard and moved on to the next stage. We hope the bill is introduced to the full assembly in the next few months.
NJAA is looking for volunteers to serve on our Board. If you are interested in volunteering a few hours of your time to promote the New Jersey Academy of Audiology please contact us via the website.
We are excited to continue our support of NJ Audiologists. If you there is a specific topic or concern you would like us to address please let us know.
See you in October!
Happy New Year to all our NJAA members! We would also like to introduce you to our newest NJAA Board Members:
At the beginning of each year many of us set goals and resolutions: things we would like to change or improve. At NJAA our goal is the same this year: to serve New Jersey’s audiologists. However our resolution is to improve our strategy and impact. We want to be a fantastic resource for you at more than just our annual conference. So in 2016 you will see the addition of
NJAA is the only state level organization committed specifically to you, the NJ audiologist. Our priorities are serving NJ audiologists and individuals with auditory concerns. As audiologists we understand the value of outcome measures, evidence-based practices, and verification vs validation.
Therefore we need your feedback.
Please email the NJ Academy of Audiology directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions of how we can better serve you.
Thank you for a very successful 2015 and a collaborative 2016.
The NJAA Annual Convention was a great success. We had a record breaking 100+ attendees. Drs. Jennifer Lister from the University of South Florida and Karen Helfer from the University of Massachusetts Amherst educated NJ audiologists about cortical processing changes that can occur in older patients. Several cognitive screening tools were discussed and an auditory temporal processing paradigm was offered to attendees. We also had 13 vendors showcase the latest technology for both professionals and our patients.
In our commitment as a value resource for our members, NJAA took a survey requesting topics for our first winter webinar to be held early in 2016. We are looking forward to implementing this new medium for sharing up-to-date audiological resources.
See you at the conference!
NJAA is very excited to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors:
As your incoming President, I am looking forward to my new role and will work closely with our Past President, Dr. Janet Koehnke, and the rest of the Board. One of our primary goals this year is to increase communication from you, our members. We are working on ways to make it easier for you to send us ideas and suggestions on how we can make NJAA as valuable as possible to NJ audiologists.
For the second consecutive year NJAA has partnered with NJSHA to provide more audiology focused sessions during the NJSHA Conference. The audiology topics will include Effective Early Intervention for Hearing Loss, Classroom Amplification, Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline as well as a roundtable discussion with hearing aid manufacturers. NJSHA has extended their reduced member registration rate to NJAA members. The conference will take place April 30-May 1 at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch. Click here for additional conference information.
We are in the process of organizing our annual NJAA Conference scheduled for October. We will keep you posted once the details are finalized.
In closing, NJAA is hard at work for our members and we are excited for fresh ideas from our new Board as well as you our members. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any suggestions, we want to know what you are looking for and ways we can serve you better. Until then, we will keep you updated on legislative issues and concerns for NJ audiologist as well as our profession as a whole.