Letter from the President
It is a privilege to have the opportunity to serve as president of the MAA starting in 2018. I have served as a board member since 2015 and began working in the field of Audiology in 2005. During my career, I have worked in a number of different settings including: ENT practices, hospitals, and private practices. I have also taught and supervised students and have worked in the field of surgical intraoperative monitoring. I am passionate about audiology and I enjoy hearing about the experiences of my peers and colleagues.
Audiology is a fast growing field and our scope of practice has expanded significantly over the last few decades. Today, our field is facing a number of challenges including our aging population, reimbursement issues, the OTC Hearing Aid Act, and competition from the consumer electronics industry and large retail chains. It is important that we work together to advocate for our profession and the people we serve. It is my goal as president to ensure that every audiologist, regardless of their specialty or work setting, has a voice and is represented by the academy.
Lisa Simonetti of Hub Strategies will continue to represent the 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 throughout the legislative session.
My primary goal as president is to reach out to more audiologists and grow the membership of the MAA. Having a larger and more diverse membership will improve our ability to advocate for the profession we love and create new and exciting networking opportunities.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who attended the 2018 MAA Fall Convention and Silent Auction. It was a great success and I enjoyed seeing everyone. We are already starting to prepare for the 2019 Convention. If you are interested in helping us in any of our endeavors or in joining the board please contact me or Adrienne Ulrich, our Executive Director.
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Richard C. Hoben, AuD, CCC-A
President of the Massachusetts Academy of Audiology 2018-2020