President's Message 2015
A New Year, a New Congress, and New Opportunities for Audiology!
I borrow this heading from AAA’s Director of Payment Policy and Legislative Affairs, Kate Thomas. These opportunities are true not only nationally, but also in California. While AAA advocates for us on the national scene, CAA is busy working on your behalf in California. Our goals are not mutually exclusive; indeed we have many common goals, but we also have challenges and opportunities unique to California. More...
Reintroduction of Hearing Instrument Specialist VA Expansion Bill
Congressmen Duffy (R-WI) and Walz (D-MN) have reintroduced legislation (HR353) in the 114th Congress that would grant the VA authority to employ hearing instrument specialists to provide hearing healthcare services to veterans. This legislation appears to be similar, if not identical to legislation introduced in the 113th Congress (H.R. 3508/S. 2311). This legislation has been spearheaded by the International Hearing Society (IHS) as part of their "Fit to Serve" initiative. The American Academy of Audiology, as well as other groups, actively opposed this legislation last congress.
Please write to your member of Congress and ask them to oppose H.R. 353. An action alert and editable sample letter are available on the Legislative Action Center for you to get involved and send to your Congressmen. Please take the time to speak up on behalf of our profession to be heard.
Gareth Elliott Joins Sacramento Advocates
Barry Brokaw, senior partner of Sacramento Advocates, the lobbying firm that has represented CAA for the last 20 years, has announced that Mr. Gareth Elliott will be joining their firm as a partner. Mr. Elliott served as one of Governor Brown’s senior advisors, as well as his legislative affairs secretary since 2011. Governor Brown recently appointed Mr. Elliott to the University of California Board of Regents as well. Mr. Brokaw feels that this well-respected and experienced professional will be a great asset to Sacramento Advocates.
CAA’S Legislative Liaison Re-Appointed to the SLPAHADB
Governor Jerry Brown reappointed CAA’s Legislative Liaison, Marcia Raggio, PhD, to a four-year term as a member of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board.
CAA Pediatric Brochure
2/10/2014 - The final version of the new CAA Pediatric Brochure is now ready for downloading (8 MB). Please also read the accompanying Note for Audiologists (20 kB).
Join the CAA/Renew your membership!
Renew | Join as new member
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...
Do you have any questons about appropriate ethical practices? Ask our Ethics Panel Coordinator.
Assembly District Representative
Not sure who the legislative representative is in your assembly district?
Click here for a list of assembly members.
Click here to look up your legislator by address.
Ask your Senators to Support the Hearing Aid Tax Credit Act (S. 315)
The Hearing Aid Tax Credit Act (S. 315) has been introduced by Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). This legislation will provide a tax credit of up to $500 towards the purchase of a hearing aid, available once every five years with no restrictions based on age or income. This has the potential to improve patient access to hearing aid technology. For more information and to access a sample letter to send to your legislator visit this web page.
Please Participate in the Capstone Project:
Humanitarian Hearing Healthcare Survey
We invite you to participate in the Capstone Project, "Current Perspectives on Humanitarian Hearing Healthcare: A Survey of US Audiologists" being conducted by investigators from Washington University in St. Louis. The survey will assess the current status of humanitarian audiology and how audiologists and students alike can become more involved in humanitarian projects. The intention of the survey is to demonstrate the level of active and/or interested humanitarian audiologists, the barriers preventing audiologists from volunteering their services, and topics within humanitarian audiology needing further investigation.
If you agree to participate, we would like you to complete the survey with your present level of humanitarian experience. You are free to skip any questions that you prefer not to answer. The survey will be open for three weeks and will take approximately ten minutes to complete.
We will not collect your name or any identifying information about you. It will not be possible to link you to your responses on the survey.
Taking part in this research study is completely voluntary. You may choose not to take part at all. If you decide to be in this study, you may stop participating at any time. Any data that was collected as part of your participation in the study will remain as part of the study records and cannot be removed.
If you do not wish to participate in this study or want to end your participation in the study, simply return the survey without answering any or all of the questions.You will not be penalized or lose any benefits for which you otherwise qualify.
We encourage you to ask questions. If you have any questions about the research study itself, please contact Rachael M. Kingma Queen at 954-801-2519 or via email. If you have questions, concerns, or complaints about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Human Research Protection Office at 660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8089, St. Louis, MO 63110, (800) 438-0445 or via email. General information about being a research participant can be found on the Human Research Protection Office web site. To offer input about your experiences as a research participant or to speak to someone other than the research staff, call the Human Research Protection Office at the number above.
Thank you very much for your consideration of this research study.
Please complete the survey here.
EARmark California in 2014!
10/30/2013 - Did you know that new donors to the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) can EARmark 25% of their tax-deductible gift to go back to the California Academy of Audiology's educational programs? If you are a new AAAF donor, just type "California Academy of Audiology" in the "tribute" field when making a gift online to the AAAF. It's that easy to make an impact on audiology philanthropy globally, nationally, and LOCALLY!
In addition, here’s a recent article about the EARmark program.
Can You Hear Me Now? The Impacts of Hearing Loss
Though it's one of the most common workplace injuries, noise-induced hearing loss also is one of the most overlooked. Employees and employers who don't pay attention to the importance of hearing protection potentially could lose much more than just their hearing. More...
CAA is now on Facebook
"Turn It To The Left"
"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.