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Tennessee Association of Audiologists
and Speech-Language Pathologists

TN Academy of Audiology

Mission

To serve audiologists and the profession of audiology in the state of Tennessee.

Accomplishments

In the past few years, the TAA Leadership has been instrumental in the following

  • Helped to block legislation that would have allowed support personnel to complete complex hearing and balance evaluations without direct supervision by an audiologist or physician.
  • Helped to block legislation that would have mandated all patients with hearing loss to first see a physician even if medical or surgical care is clearly not indicated.  In #1 and 2 above, TAA solicited and received help from TAASLP, ASHA, and AAA.
  • Helped to block legislation that would have added sales tax to hearing instruments, saving our patients 9.25% on the cost of their hearing assistance.
  • Investigated cases of professional trespassing and truth in advertising.
  • Investigated mail order sale of hearing aids.
  • Began efforts to talk with other state groups (e.g. DVR, TEIS, CSS, birthing facilities) to explain what audiologists do and how TAA can help these groups accomplish their own objectives.
  • Led in efforts to mandate newborn hearing screening
  • Changed licensure to require Au.D. beginning in Jan. 2011
  • Worked to get mandated HA coverage for children by insurance carrier
  • Communicate with members regarding insurance issues. 
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