Wednesday, 01 July 2020

AuDacity 2020: Applying Design Thinking in Practice

Grounded in empathy and propelled by optimism, design thinking principles encourage active listening, intense observation, and the capacity to create and fail frequently and repetitively, to improve the experience and outcomes for patients.

Join your colleagues at AuDacity 2020 on October 16th, for insightful panel sessions that will build upon design thinking concepts described by keynote presenter, Dr. Bon Ku, and lead us on a journey to integrate design thinking with evidence-based practice.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020

Chair of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Susan Collins, Co-Sponsors Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (S. 2446)

On June 24, 2020, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) became the ninth U.S. Senator to co-sponsor the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA), S. 2446. Collins serves as Chair of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, which heard testimony earlier this month on combating social isolation among older adults in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Included in the testimony was a February report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), Social Isolation and Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care SystemThe report outlined many factors that contribute to social isolation among older adults, including the association between hearing loss and social isolation. The report also stated that “remediation of hearing loss has been found to reduce loneliness and improve social functioning.”

Friday, 19 June 2020

Crowd Control with Long Range Acoustic Devices Can Cause Permanent Hearing Loss

Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs) may be used as close range sonic weapons against U.S. citizens as a form of non-lethal crowd control and dispersion. These sonic weapons are capable of inflicting severe, debilitating, permanent harm on U.S. citizens in the form of irreversible hearing loss, tinnitus, vestibular dysfunction, and barotrauma.

Weaponized use of LRADs or other acoustic hailing devices against U.S. citizens should be banned and deemed a violation of 14th Amendment rights, prosecutable by law.

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology calls on Congress to restrict the use of these devices on protestors exercising their lawful First Amendment rights.


Tuesday, 16 June 2020

AuDacity 2020 Invites Participants to Think Outside the Box and the Ballroom

On October 16-17, 2020, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), the Independent Audiologists Australia (IAA), and the Independent Audiologists New Zealand (IANZ) will bring together audiologists, students, and industry leaders from around the world for a shared virtual experience that will allow participants to learn and network in unexpected and delightful ways.

AuDacity 2020: Forge Ahead and Forge Ahead Down Under will challenge assumptions about the framework and format for interactive conferences in this era of social distancing by eliminating geographic, time, and spatial boundaries.

The AuDacity Agenda: Design Thinking and AuDiology

AuDacity 2020 will demonstrate why and how audiologists can integrate design thinking with evidence-based practice to enhance patient outcomes.

The AuDacity general session mainstage will feature a view from the forefront of design thinking in healthcare from innovators in the field, as well as crisp, practical presentations from audiologists and industry experts who are successfully using design thinking in clinical, business, and professional initiatives to optimize patient care and improve customer satisfaction.

Tuesday, 09 June 2020

Statement from the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) on Black Lives Matter

Systemic racism, discrimination, and bigotry have occurred in our country throughout our past and continue today. ADA commits to take actions against continued racism in our future. Evidence of this systemic racism is all around us today: unequal access to healthcare and the disproportionate COVID-19 toll on the Black and Hispanic communities; unequal access to education and the disproportionate COVID-19 unemployment burden on the Black and Hispanic communities, and most horribly, unequal treatment by our society and the consistent, even lethal, violence by police and civilians against the Black community, including Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Philandro Castile, Botham Jean, Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and many others. ADA supports Black Lives Matter.

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