The planning of this secretive project has been underway since the Spring of 2020. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020, the MAA Board of Directors knew we had to make the difficult decision to cancel the convention in the Fall. With the additional time we gained, we decided it was time to remodel our website. And so, the Website Improvement Committee (WIC) was born! The MAA WIC spent hours updating content, removing outdated information, automating membership renewals/reminders, and brainstorming new ways to support our members through this digital platform.
We could not have completed this project without some integral entities on our team. We are grateful for the MAA members on the WIC who donated so much of their time (Drs. Sofia Roller, Katelyn Leitner, Allison McGrath, Therese Walden, and Alicia Spoor). We appreciate the last 16 years of dedicated service from our webmaster Lee Leibner. We would like to thank the team at AMF Creative for listening to our goals, helping us develop our vision, and providing the tools to achieve them. AMF Creative gave us a fresh new look by rebranding our logo and producing this new website that our members deserve. Finally, we are proud to say that our website remodel was sponsored by vendors that not only support and serve audiologists nationwide, but have also consistently supported our state academy and annual convention every year. Please join us in thanking Signia and GN Resound for funding this immense project for us at the premium sponsorship level! With the loss of funding that we would’ve gained from our canceled 2020 convention, combined with the significant cost of paying our exceptional lobbyists to draft and introduce new legislation, every dollar that we can save from these sponsorships is incredibly paramount. Please show your appreciation to these partners any chance that you get!
Welcome to the 28th Annual Maryland Academy of Audiology Convention: “Back and Better than Ever.” The Executive Board, who opted to put forth all their efforts as a team to bring this conference together, are thrilled to have all of you with us for one of the best and most important conventions yet! This is the time to come together again in person to remember why we all chose this profession and to set that bar for our colleagues. We are sure everyone will earn meaningful CEUs, learn more about the legislative initiatives affecting audiologists, share ideas, enjoy the program activities, and enjoy the company of your colleagues and friends.
Many thanks to the Executive Board for working tirelessly to organize “Back and Better than Ever,” an important convention for Maryland audiologists. As OTCs have become part of our reality and legislation seems to suggest anyone could do what we do, we need to step up as a unified profession and truly set a high standard of care for our patients. We need to lead the way in Maryland, setting the example for best practices and guiding the future of our profession in the process. The Executive Board has a fantastic line up of speakers and events, such as Audiology After Dark Trivia Bowl and mixer, sponsored by LeapFrog BI. This event on Thursday night is one you won’t want to miss!
Our goal during this convention is for you to see the importance of this organization and become energized to get involved in MAA! We need every audiologist to volunteer to help the Maryland Academy of Audiology gain steam representing our great profession. We look forward to building further relationships with academies beyond the borders of our great state to support our profession and our future. We have several board positions coming available for the 2023-2024 term. If you are interested, please let the board know. We would love to have you.
WE NEED NEW IDEAS, NEW PEOPLE, MORE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PAC, AND YOU, TO MAKE THE MARYLAND ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY THE VERY BEST!
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