The vision of the SAA is to be essential in the lives of audiology students by equipping them with the knowledge to begin a patient-centered career that promotes the profession and advances research in audiology.

SAA History

The SAA was founded in 2009 after NAFDA (National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology) approached the American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) for support. Various professional healthcare organizations have affiliated student institutions, such as the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) as well as the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Veterinary Association (AVA). 

All have student sections that work together with the parent organization to achieve common goals. In October 2008, Dr. Brian Vesely, the former NAFDA President, and Dr. Patrick Feeney, the former Academy President, signed an agreement that merged NAFDA into the Academy's student organization, the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA). The ultimate goal of the merger was to maintain an independent student voice while maximizing the opportunities that come with joining the Academy.

undergraduate students

Students Are Our Future!

by President Alison Grimes

At the January Board of Directors meeting, the board unanimously affirmed its commitment to the student members of our Academy by pledging to create a new student academy within the American Academy of Audiology. This is an exciting development, a long time in coming, and recognizes that from our current students come the future leadership.


Why and Why Now?

by President Alison Grimes

“I firmly believe that the Academy is on the right track.” So begins a letter that I received last week from a student member of our organization. The excitement, enthusiasm, and interest in being part of the formation of the organization is gratifying and wonderful.

About Why and Why Now
About Historial Merger

Historic Merger of NAFDA with the SAA

The National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology (NAFDA) agreed to merge with the Academy's newly formed Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) in this letter from President M. Patrick Feeney and NAFDA President, Brian Vesely.


SAA membership consists of students enrolled in AuD, PhD, or other accredited audiology doctoral programs for a first professional degree in audiology as well as undergraduate/post-baccalaureate students interested in audiology. The SAA is affiliated with 81 local SAA Chapters across the nation including Puerto Rico. SAA Chapters are divided into geographical regions served by a SAA State Ambassador.

Interested in becoming a chapter? Visit the Become a Chapter web page for more information.


The SAA is overseen by a student-led Board of Directors supported by student volunteers assigned to SAA committees and task forces. All current SAA Members are eligible to serve on a committee or task force. A main call for student volunteers is made in March of each year. Opportunities for the SAA State Ambassador program are open year-round. Visit the Get Involved web page for more information.