Chloe Gratzek, Programs Committee Co-Chair for the 2022-2023 Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Board of Directors, talks you through some of the EDUCATIONAL and NETWORKING student highlights of the AAA 2023+HEARTECH EXPO, which begins this Wednesday in Seattle.

Published on 17 April 2023


Audiology Worldnews wanted to shift the spotlight for this AAA 2023+HearTECH EXPO to those who will make up America’s hearing care workforce in the future. No successful conference fails to nurture its student groupings. In an age of social networking, the live show must increasingly offer more valuable content for young delegates, as well as stoking the thrill of meeting, mingling, and learning in 3D-flesh and blood from experienced professionals and questing academics.

Enjoy Chloe’s selection of student highlights below, and check out the full details for the SAA Conference 2023 here.

Chloe Gratzek serves as the Programs Committee Co-Chair for the 2022-2023 Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Board of Directors. She is excited to plan inclusive and student focused sessions for the 2023 SAA and AAA conferences along with her co-chair and fellow volunteers. Chloe is a third-year AuD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. Her clinical interests are focused in pediatrics, specifically in diagnostics, electrophysiologic testing, and cochlear implants.

Mark McElroy      SAA student members enjoying the 2022 AAA Conference.


Student Hands-On Workshop: VNG/VHIT Equipment

NATUS       The Natus ICS IMPULSE vestibular testing system.

This unique session will allow students to get valuable hands-on practice with Natus videonystagmography (VNG) and video head impulse test (vHIT) equipment. The ICS Impulse system is used to evaluate all six semicircular canals of the vestibular system with vHIT. Further, the use of ICS Impulse will be reviewed to discuss the evaluation of VNG testing.


Cochlear implant (CI) candidacy case studies with Camille Dunn, PhD


Students will work through case studies to determine cochlear implant candidacy. Cases presented will span a wide array of listeners including those with single-sided deafness and those with substantial residual low-frequency hearing.


Externship panel: Current externs and preceptors


The externship panel is separated into two sessions, one with current externs and the other with preceptors who have experience with the externship process. Externs will come with a variety of clinical experiences including pediatrics, private practice, research, serving under-represented populations, and large medical health care sessions. Learn tips for applying to externships and how to succeed as a student.


Billing and coding practice


This student-focused session will utilize mini-lectures and case-based learning and will cover topics related to insurance basics, Medicare, Medicaid, and coding/billing. Attendees will also be provided with additional resources for continued education. Join and discover the magical world of billing and reimbursement!


Step into the Odyssey of Audiology

Sonova       Humanitarian work, perhaps with groups such as the Sonova Hear the World Foundation, can open up many interesting career paths for audiologists.

This session will feature alternative career pathways in audiology with three mini-presentations from audiologists who have specialized their careers in humanitarian, space, and forensic work. Come learn about the unique places this field may take you throughout your career!


New professional panel


This panel will feature several new audiology professionals as they discuss the transition that comes with entering the audiology profession. Topics covered may include finding your first (or second, or third) job, managing burnout, creating boundaries and developing a healthy work-life balance, staying involved in professional organizations as a professional, negotiation strategies, and more.


Students with hearing loss networking session


Join the Students with Hearing Loss Subcommittee of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) for the annual networking event! This meeting is open to any and all students in attendance who have hearing loss. Connect with peers and future colleagues with various degrees of hearing loss, types of amplification, and life experiences as we discuss topics such as externships, classroom accommodations, helpful tips for clinic, and the job search.


SAA Mix and Mingle


After a full day of learning from speaker sessions, panels, and interactive work, unwind and connect with students from across the country at the SAA mix and mingle. Are you interested in getting involved in leadership, have questions on how to better engage your local chapter? Come with questions for national SAA leaderships, all members of the current board will be in attendance. This event sponsored by Starkey.


Source: AAA

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