From the President

The Arkansas Academy of Audiology holds a special place in my heart. I moved to Arkansas from Missouri and obtained work in a small community. My first experience with ArAA was the Spring Conference in Eureka Springs. Everyone attending that conference was so welcoming that my first impressions of the Audiology community in Arkansas were very positive. I remain convinced that this state has some of the most welcoming Audiologists in the nation.   

As President of ArAA, I would like to place the engagement of our membership at the top of my list of plans. A strong and engaged membership is the foundation of continued success and supports an opportunity for networking that the rural nature of our state can only benefit from. We will be looking at ways to improve our social media presence and improve the resources available via our website. We are adding some virtual trainings to our offerings as a matter of necessity, but also as a way to reach members who may prefer to learn in the comfort of their home or office.

This year will bring our profession many challenges. We are working in unprecedented times and managing an international pandemic. We are on the verge of OTC hearing aids being a real option for our patients. Nationally, we have seen attempts to remove licensure for professionals, including Audiolgists, which could limit protections for our patients that seek care. My hope is that ArAA can offer resources to our membership that help us all navigate the changes that are happening in our profession. 

I would like to see the Audiologists of this state get behind our organization and offer their unique perspectives to our cause. There is power in numbers, there is joy in networking with other professional, and there is reward in serving your professional community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to ArAA or myself directly. We are looking forward to hearing from you and we are looking forward to your increased participation in ArAA.

Respectfully,

Emily Earnest, MA, CCC-A, FAAA, President of Arkansas Academy of Audiology