The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) was founded by nine practitioners in 1977, as the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists, to foster and support the professional dispensing of hearing aids by qualified audiologists in rehabilitative practices. Later, in 1988, ADA developed the concept of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree and provided much of the energy behind the movement for the transition of audiology to a doctoring healthcare profession. This goal, as well, has been largely met, as the Au.D. is now the minimum degree for audiology practice offered by educational institutions in the United States. In recognition of these important accomplishments, ADA Fellow members voted for an organizational name change to the Academy of Doctors of Audiology in 2006.
Today, ADA offers programming and support to those audiologists and students who are or who desire to be autonomous practitioners in whatever setting they choose to practice. In particular, ADA's mission emphasizes practice ownership. ADA is focused on helping audiologists succeed in all aspects of practice, with a particular emphasis on the business of audiology.
Audiology Practices, ADA's quarterly magazine, features articles that focus on issues confronting audiologists in autonomous practice. And, true to its mission, ADA continues to advocate for audiologists owning their profession through practice ownership, by offering mentoring assistance to ADA members, potential members and audiology students.
ADA Strategic Plan 2018
Mission: Advancement of practitioner excellence, high ethical standards, professional autonomy and sound business practices in the provision of quality audiologic care
Vision: To ensure practitioner ownership of the profession of audiology through the advancement of autonomous practice models
- Provide access to information, education and relationships that reflect and support best clinical and business practices
- ADA members will have the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to achieve ownership positions in professional practices.
- Financial stability
- A high level of member engagement
- Transparency and open communication
- Collaboration with other professional organizations on issues of mutual interest to achieve common goals
- Increasing student participation in ADA