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Audiology student volunteers at the
2008 Special Olympics

The Student Academy of Audiology is the national student organization of the American Academy of Audiology, serves as a collective voice for audiology students and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology.

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Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Events 2012

by Namrata Desai, Class of 2014


SAA members and OCA faculty attended the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Audiology NOW! conference in Boston from March 28-April 1. Everyone had a blast at the conference: lectures, seminars, poster exhibitions and the opportunity to meet/listen to many of the profession’s leaders, in addition to attending events/sessions and the Osborne College of Audiology alumni reception!

On March 10, SAA was able to participate in a program that is supported by both Dr. Bre Myers and Dr. Eileen Rall at Cheltenham High School called Adopt-A-Band. We had an information booth with demos at the high school's indoor cavalcade competition on that day. There were over 34 bands there, so this was a great opportunity to get the word out about hearing protection. SAA also had the honor to present an award to one of the bands!

Special thanks to Dr. Rall – and thank you to all of our members who helped out with this event: Mariana Coleman ’14, Namrata Desai ’14, Laura Ditusa ’14, Paris Florence ’15, Larry Gabbin ’15, Dana McAdams ’14, Megan Piekosz ’15, Lyndsey Spencer ’15, and Katie Thompson ’15.

Another successful SAA screening took place at the Maternity Care Coalition- Early Head Start program in South Philadelphia on two separate Fridays, at the end of February and the first week of March. We were able to screen approximately 50 children, age 4 months to toddlers, who all needed to be screened using OAE equipment. Thank you to all the SAA members who volunteered for these screenings -and special thanks to Dr. Rall for being our preceptor!

Guest Lecturer: On March 1, SAA had Dr. Eileen Rall, pediatric audiologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Salus faculty professor, come again this year to speak to first and second year students about what is necessary to secure that perfect clerkship, externship, or even job. We had nothing but positive feedback AGAIN from her presentation!

Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) - Valentine's Day Bake Sale


Our first bake sale of the year was held on February 14 for Valentine’s Day. It was a major success thanks to the delicious treats that were made by several SAA members!


Hearing screenings were held at the Hafter Student Center (Elkins Park campus) on Jan.26, 2012 for all University faculty!  The officers of the SAA give many thanks to Dr. Calantoni for acting as preceptor for this event - and to all the SAA members who participated!

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