California Academy of Audiology
California Academy of Audiology
A Message From CAA President Tracy Peck
On behalf of the Board of Directors, welcome to CAA! It is an honor and my pleasure to serve as your president for 2013. As an organization, we have already hit the ground running on the legislative front and are committed to finding solutions that preserve and protect the best interests of California audiologists. More...
Save the Dates! Sept. 26-28, 2013!
September 26-28, 2013
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The CAA board has started a volunteer opportunity program designed for you, the Audiologists of California, to get involved in various State programs and issues. More...
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"Turn It to the Left" is an educational rap song written by Benjamin Jackson, who sang the song at the last AAA conference to a standing ovation. The song is in support of the AAA's campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of exposure to high sound pressure levels. To read about the campaign and hear the song or see a performance of it, please visit www.turnittotheleft.com.
Latest news (updated May 17, 2013) on Medi-Cal reimbursement cuts, and what to do about them....
Dr. Elmer Owens, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) passed away on April 23, 2013. After serving as a fighter pilot during WWII, Dr. Owens returned home to attend graduate school at Syracuse University where he earned his masters and doctoral degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology. He also worked with famed speech pathologist, Wendell Johnson, at the University of Iowa on the remediation of stuttering. Dr. Owens, with the support of otolaryngologist and UCSF Chancellor, Dr. Frank Sooy, was instrumental in developing the first audiology clinic at UCSF. He was also one of the original faculty members of the joint Speech and Hearing Sciences Doctoral Program between UCSF and UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Owens was part of the cochlear implant program team from its inception at the university. He developed methods and materials for determining implant candidacy, as well as the evaluation of speech understanding for pre- and post-implant patients. Dr. Owens was the lead author of the Minimal Auditory Capabilities (MAC) Battery, one of the first test batteries developed to test elements of speech understanding of cochlear implant recipients.
Dr. Owens published a book, a monograph, and a large number of articles related to his groundbreaking work with early cochlear implant patients. His unwavering interest in the investigation of speech understanding in deaf and hard of hearing patients led him to work with Dr. Earl Schubert of Stanford, to develop the California Consonant Test. He also published many articles on speech perception in both adults and children with hearing loss. In addition to his work with hearing loss, Dr. Owens, a stutterer since childhood, provided career-long therapy for patients of all ages with dysfluency.
Dr. Owens was not only a pioneer in the profession of communicative disorders, but he was also a generous teacher and mentor of young audiologists. He will be remembered for his consuming intellectual curiosity, his many contributions to his profession, and his great sense of humor.
A memorial service will be held on May 19, 2013 at the Unitarian-Universalist Society of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin St., San Francisco, 2:30pm.
(3/6/2013) You can now watch video of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee hearing on the Medi-Cal hearing aid reimbursement issue. CAA is developing alternate proposals for reimbursement and will present to DHCS in the next week. We will keep you updated with the latest information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact CAA Legislative Representative, Marcia Raggio, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org or CAA President, Tracy Peck, Au.D. at email@example.com
DHCS PLACES MORATORIUM ON MEDI-CAL HEARING AID REIMBURSEMENT CHANGE!
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones sent a letter on February 12, 2013 to the Department of Health Care Services in support of CAA's position on Medi-Cal Hearing Aid Reimbursement. Read the Insurance Commissioner's letter here.
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