The SAA maintains a close relationship with both the Academy and its partners. Student liaisons on the SAA Board communicate with leadership in the following organizations:
American Academy of Audiology
Mission: The American Academy of Audiology promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research.
Vision: The American Academy of Audiology is to be essential in the professional lives of audiologists by advancing the science and practice of audiology, and achieving public recognition of audiologists as experts in hearing and balance.
About: The American Academy of Audiology is the world's largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. The active membership of more than 12,000 is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.
American Academy of Audiology Foundation
Mission: The American Academy of Audiology Foundation promotes philanthropy in support of research, education, and public awareness in audiology and hearing science.
Vision: Support for advancements in hearing and balance that enhance the experiences of life.
About: The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Academy and is an Academy partner along with the American Board of Audiology (ABA), Accreditation Commission of Audiology Education (ACAE), and the SAA. The Foundation’s programs reach audiologists, audiology students, consumers, and those with hearing impairments. Our initiatives can be broadly categorized into one of three areas that correspond with our mission: research, education and public awareness.
American Board of Audiology
Mission: The American Board of Audiology® (ABA), an autonomous organization, is dedicated to enhancing audiologic services to the public by promulgating universally recognized standards in professional practice. The ABA encourages audiologists to exceed these prescribed standards, thereby promoting a high level of professional development and ethical practice.
Vision: ABA credential are earned by all leading audiologists, respected by other healthcare providers, and trusted by patients.
About: Founded in 1999, the ABA works closely with expert practitioners across the globe to create universally recognized standards in professional audiology practice. The ABA encourages audiologists to exceed these prescribed standards, thereby promoting a high level of professional development and ethical practice.
Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education
Mission: The mission of ACAE is to assure the public that only those programs that have complied with this agency’s standards and that graduate competent audiologists trained at the AuD level will be accredited.
Purpose: The purpose of the ACAE accreditation is to recognize, reinforce and promote high quality performance in AuD educational programs through a rigorous verification process. This process will produce evidence that AuD programs have prepared graduates who are qualified to be doctoral-level audiologists. It also will assure communities of interest that graduates will be able to function according to the national scope of practice, as defined by the professional organization.