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Hearing Loss Professionals Offer Kudos to the Academy! The American Academy of Hearing Loss Support Specialists™ 2009 W hen HLAA launched the Ameri- can Academy of Hearing Loss Support and is positioned to grow in exciting ways. In the past few months two major a topic that is often not included in discussions of hearing loss for health Specialists (“the Academy”) in 2006, associations have accredited the Acad- professionals. This provided a much the organization envisioned it as a emy learning program (the course can stronger base for me when I talk to powerful educational forum for peo- be formally used toward the continu- other health professionals about ple coping with hearing loss and those ing education credits necessary in these hearing loss and what is available interacting with them. The Academy’s career paths)—the Commission on to persons with hearing loss.” mission is to provide an easy-to-take Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Margaret I. Wallhagen, PhD, GNP-BC, AGSF, (inexpensive, online, self-paced, dis- (CRCC) and the National Association FAAN; Professor, Department of Physiological tance learning) program that estab- of Social Workers (NASW). And the Nursing; Director, John A. Hartford Center lishes core knowledge about hearing American Academy of Nurse Practitio- of Geriatric Nursing, Excellence School loss applicable to a broad audience. ners (AANP) is in the process of giving of Nursing, University of California, Specifically, HLAA intends to build ac- it accreditation. San Francisco curate, foundational knowledge about Becoming accredited through ad- hearing loss, increase understanding, ditional associations is a major focus “I have been hard of hearing all my improve services for people coping for 2009, because when the Academy life, and had countless examples of with hearing loss, and enhance the counts toward CEUs (continuing edu- struggles. Because of my life experience professionalism and effectiveness cation units), professionals nationwide with being hard of hearing I felt that of the many people in diverse pro- will be incented to take the course and my knowledge level was extensive, fessions who provide hearing loss gain accurate information about hear- but after taking the HLAA Academy support services. ing loss. course I was amazed at how much Launching a unique, innovative more depth the education and infor- learning program is no mean feat. mation it offered brought to both my Hear it From the Beyond creation and development, personal life and my career.” Graduates’ Own Words it takes time to stabilize, to publicize Olivia Bills and grow, and to attract the ideal mix “The Academy provided
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