Director-at-Large

Amyn Amlani, Ph.D.Amyn Amlani, Ph.D.

Candidate: Director-at-Large

Current Position: Director of Professional Development & Education, Audigy, Vancouver, WA 98684

Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Audiology/Psychoacoustics, Michigan State University (2003)
  • Master of Science (MS), Audiology, Purdue University (1995)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Communication Disorders, University of the Pacific (1993)
  • Certificate – Health Economics and Outcomes Research (C-HECOR), University of Washington (2020)

Employment:

  • Director of Professional Development & Education, Audigy, Vancouver WA (2020-Present)
  • Director of New Market Development, Audigy, Vancouver WA (2019-2019)
  • Professor (Tenured), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock AR (2016-2019)
  • Associate Professor (Tenured), University of North Texas, Denton TX (2011-2016)
  • Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), University of North Texas, Denton TX (2005-2011)
  • Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock TX (2003-2005)

Professional Activities/Honors:

  • Member, American Board of Audiology, American Academy of Audiology (AAA) (2020-2023)
  • Section Editor – Economics, Hearing Health Technology Matters (HHTM) (2017-Present)
  • Member, Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) Education Committee (2015-Present)
  • Co-chair of the ADA Education Committee/2020 Audacity Convention (2020)
  • Member, Working Group on Audiology Practice, ADA (2013-2015)
  • Member, Various Subcommittees (e.g., Learning Modules, Clinical/Research Posters/Research Podium), AAA AudiologyNow! Conventions (2012-2016)
  • Member, National Academies of Practice (NAP) (2016-Present)
  • Member, ADA (2011-Present)
  • Member, Acoustical Society of America (ASA) (2011-Present)
  • Member, Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) (2009-Present)
  • Member, AAA (2001-Present)
  • Member, American Auditory Society (AAS) (2001-Present)

Position Statement:

“Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding.” - Abraham Kaplan (October 1964)

The history of audiology epitomizes Kaplan’s quote; that is, we prefer to make do with what we have rather than looking for better alternatives. Examples include an archaic service delivery model to diagnose and treat patients, our reliance as providers on the pure-tone audiogram as the diagnostic gold standard, and a futile educational model to prepare our future service providers.

Since its inception in 1977—then as the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA), with an organizational name change in 2006 to the Academy of Doctors of Audiology—ADA has been and continues to be the antithesis of the hammer analogy, instead providing a number of innovative resources for the future of the profession. In the late 1970s, when the dispensing of hearing aids was unethical, ADA fostered and supported professionals in delivering rehabilitative services to patients. In the late 1980s, ADA was the catalyst behind the development and movement of the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree.

Today, ADA continues to be forward-thinking in positioning audiology at the forefront in the hearing care space. Recent examples include ADA’s support and endorsement of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, and more recently, the submission of the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA) to the US House and Senate that is jointly developed and endorsed by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).

Being nominated for the Director-at-Large seat on ADA’s Board of Directors is an honor, and a responsibility that I do not take lightly. My scholarly and professional activities affirm that my disposition and ideologies align well with ADA’s mission. In addition, I bring to the table leadership qualities, resourcefulness, a willingness to work with others, and an unrelenting work ethic. My primary reason for accepting this nomination is to serve the organization, its membership, and the patients to whom we provide services, as audiology increases its proverbial footprint in the grander healthcare space. Thank you, in advance, for considering my nomination for this Board position.