It is that time of year again! The ARAA membership drive is here and we are gearing up for new year! There no better time to renew your membership or join your state academy for the first time than in October as audiologists across the United States celebrate our profession.

Over the past year ARAA worked hard against legislation that continues to take audiologists out of the center of hearing healthcare and we are still fighting hard against it. ARAA and the Louisiana Academy of Audiology joined forces and supported each conference by hosting a table at each state academy conference and donating to each other’s auctions.  These interactions between state academies build relationships and make us stronger together when we need to address state issues. 

In November ARAA will be hosting Dr. Rich Tyler in Little Rock at UAMS.  This event will also be simulcast to the Northwest Arkansas UAMS. The event will be free to all ARAA members. We will also have two social events for our members prior to Christmas. Stay tuned for details on these upcoming fun and charitable events.


2017 also takes the ARAA convention back to the beautiful Mount Magazine venue.  The convention committee is already at work making sure this year continues to a highlight of audiology in Arkansas.


R. Hope Gillison

VP of Membership

From the President

Welcome to a new year with ARAA! We have been working on many things over the last year including the website and now updating our current by laws.

Besides the website recreation, the Academy Board is busy with other activities including our membership drive and finalizing plans for our Annual State Academy Convention. Zach and Sam have been busy securing speakers and a location for this event that we are sure will be fabulous.

We are still striving to be a support system for our members and to work closely with the American Academy of Audiology to promote and improve the profession of Audiology. We are doing this by providing educational opportunities and awareness to members about legislation changes. 

We are still striving toward a growth in participation of the audiologists in the efforts of state and national academies. We hope to continue to grow ARAA to be a loud voice for the improvement of audiology in the state of Arkansas and nationally. With the changes in healthcare headed down the pipeline and the changes in insurance, we as audiologists need to take a united front in maintaining and improving our profession. In order to ensure that our profession remains intact and thriving through any unforeseen changes, we need to be a strong voice of leadership. To accomplish this, we need your help! Many of you may ask what you can do. You can support ARAA and AAA in striving to meet these goals by maintaining your membership, making suggestions for improvements to our organization, and becoming involved locally and nationally.

Join this movement now by renewing your membership and participating in this year’s convention. Help us shape the Academy into the organization that will stand the test of time and exceed expectations! Please contact any one of the board members with any questions, suggestions, and concerns. Together we can make this Academy an organization that will thrive.


Janean Woods, Au.D., FAAA
President 2015-2017