Letter from the President

 

BERO

Happy New Year!

 

I look forward to a rewarding year ahead as President of the Massachusetts Academy of Audiology.

Plans are underway for the 2017 Fall Convention and Silent Auction which will take place on Friday, October 13th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick, MA.  You will be receiving updates on the details of the conference and the schedule via Constant Contact email and social media.  We have exciting speakers arranged for the meeting including Gus Mueller, PhD and Margaret Kenna, MD.  We would like to gratefully acknowledge Phonak for their Platinum level sponsorship for the 2017 Convention. We look forward to your attendance at this year’s convention for education and social networking events.

 

Following the retirement of our lobbyists Gloria Craven and Stacy Ober, we have secured representation with Mary Ann Hart of Hart Government Relations.  Mary Ann will continue to represent MAA and monitor bills affecting the practice of audiology on Beacon Hill.   It is vital that our voices be heard on issues that affect our long term viability and patient care.  Legislative updates will be forth coming through the remainder of the legislative session.

 

We are also closely following the “Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016” proposed by Senators Warren and Grassley.  The Massachusetts Academy of Audiology concurs with the American Academy of Audiology that this bill is premature and will not provide the patient access and protections intended.

You may learn more about the Bill at:
http://www.hearingreview.com/2016/11/senators-warren-grassley-introduce-otc-hearing-aid-act-2016/

http://www.audiology.org/advocacy/academy-statement-over-counter-hearing-aid-act-2016

 

We have established an online presence to conduct and to promote member business and consumer awareness on our website and through social media with Facebook and Linked In.  We are striving to keep the audiologists of Massachusetts informed and up-to-date with the issues that affect their professional practice. If you are not certain of your membership status, please check the member directory.

 

If you are interested in helping us in these endeavors or in joining the board please contact me or Adrienne Ulrich, our Executive Director. We do not require a long time commitment and your participation benefits you, the profession and our patients.

 

Best wishes for a happy and fulfilling 2017,

Eva M. Bero, AuD CCC-A/F-AAA

President of the Massachusetts Academy of Audiology