SAA Committee Member Spotlight: Megan Hinson
Name: Megan Hinson
University: University of Memphis
Year in program: Second Year
Committee: SAA Conference Subcommittee
1. Why did you decide to become an SAA Committee Volunteer?
I am very involved in my local chapter and am thankful for the opportunities I’ve been granted in Memphis. However, I wanted to serve our profession on a bigger stage and to network with other like-minded students and professionals. Serving on committees for the national SAA organization is challenging, because you’ll most likely do things you know nothing about at first. Through this though, you learn a lot, meet some awesome people, and grow as a developing professional.
2. What do your responsibilities include within your committee?
Within the SAA Conference Subcommittee, we have some sub-subcommittees and I serve as the student in charge of communications between our SAA team and the speakers who presented at the conference this past April. I relay questions, concerns and information from the committee to the speakers and vice versa, so that we can ensure a successful and maximally-beneficial SAA Conference.
3. Within the field of Audiology, what are your interests or passions?
My interests are two-fold. I came into audiology wanting to do educational audiology and/or aural (re)habilitation. My background is in education, and I love the avenue that audiologists can take towards making sure that students have a fair and appropriate classroom experience. However, since I started school I am now interested in capitalizing on and maximizing in the coming changes to hearing healthcare – big box companies selling hearing aids, PSAPs becoming more popular and sophisticated in design, and the role of the audiologist in all of these changes. I’m interested in learning more about and serving our field in opportunities regarding a dynamic hearing healthcare setting. I believe that with these changes we will come to value our roles as aural (re)habilitationists, so I want to be part of a movement towards embracing that area of our scope of practice as something that is valuable and unique to us.