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President's Message 2024

Donna Goione-Merchant, AuD

January, 2016

Happy New Year to all our NJAA members!  We would also like to introduce you to our newest NJAA Board Members:

  • Caitlin Faccone as Treasurer and
  • Michele Neidleman as Secretary. 

At the beginning of each year many of us set goals and resolutions: things we would like to change or improve.  At NJAA our goal is the same this year: to serve New Jersey’s audiologists.  However our resolution is to improve our strategy and impact.  We want to be a fantastic resource for you at more than just our annual conference.  So in 2016 you will see the addition of

  • professional webinars on topics that you requested,
  • updates on national topics that concern audiologists,
  • more CEU opportunities and yes, of course,
  • another amazing annual conference (topic and location to be announced). 

NJAA is the only state level organization committed specifically to you, the NJ audiologist.  Our priorities are serving NJ audiologists and individuals with auditory concerns.  As audiologists we understand the value of  outcome measures, evidence-based practices, and verification vs validation.

Therefore we need your feedback. 

Please email the NJ Academy of Audiology directly at with suggestions of how we can better serve you. 

  • What challenges are you facing?
  • What area do you wish you had a little more training in?
  • What is a common concern you hear from your patients?
  • How can NJAA help YOU?

Thank you for a very successful 2015 and a collaborative 2016.  


Donna Merchant
NJAA President


November, 2015

The NJAA Annual Convention was a great success. We had a record breaking 100+ attendees. Drs. Jennifer Lister from the University of South Florida and Karen Helfer from the University of Massachusetts Amherst educated NJ audiologists about cortical processing changes that can occur in older patients.  Several cognitive screening tools were discussed and an auditory temporal processing paradigm was offered to attendees.  We also had 13 vendors showcase the latest technology for both professionals and our patients.

In our commitment as a value resource for our members, NJAA took a survey requesting topics for our first winter webinar to be held early in 2016.  We are looking forward to implementing this new medium for sharing up-to-date audiological resources.


Donna Merchant
NJAA President


October, 2015

We are looking forward to seeing you at our annual conference Friday October 23. This year NJAA has teamed up with JFK who will be hosting the event at the JFK Conference Center in Edison, NJ. The topic is The Aging Patient: Clinical Considerations in Audiologic Care and has been approved for 6 hours of CEUs by ASHA, AAA, and HIS.

Your Board has been working on several projects during the past year. We understand how busy the life of an audiologist can be and want to do everything we can to make it as efficient as possible. One of our focus projects has been implementing various improvements to our website including online credit card processing for annual memberships and conference registration. We are very excited to announce that as of this year our members can register for the annual conference as well as renew their annual membership via our website. Gone are the days of printing out the registration form and mailing in a check.

It is also time for Board elections and within the next week you will be seeing the ballots posted. We have two positions up for election this year: Secretary and Treasurer. Please be sure to cast your vote. Election results will be announced at our meeting on October 23. In addition, feel free to speak to any Board member at the conference with your ideas for growing our organization and making it stronger. We welcome your feedback, suggestions, and participation.

See you at the conference!


Donna Merchant
NJAA President


February, 2015

NJAA is very excited to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors:

  • Alex Malyarovich our new VP for Membership,
  • Michelle Neidleman our new Secretary, and
  • Ann Marie Olson our new VP of Communications.

As your incoming President, I am looking forward to my new role and will work closely with our Past President, Dr. Janet Koehnke, and the rest of the Board. One of our primary goals this year is to increase communication from you, our members. We are working on ways to make it easier for you to send us ideas and suggestions on how we can make NJAA as valuable as possible to NJ audiologists.

For the second consecutive year NJAA has partnered with NJSHA to provide more audiology focused sessions during the NJSHA Conference. The audiology topics will include Effective Early Intervention for Hearing Loss, Classroom Amplification, Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline as well as a roundtable discussion with hearing aid manufacturers. NJSHA has extended their reduced member registration rate to NJAA members. The conference will take place April 30-May 1 at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch. Click here for additional conference information.

We are in the process of organizing our annual NJAA Conference scheduled for October. We will keep you posted once the details are finalized.

In closing, NJAA is hard at work for our members and we are excited for fresh ideas from our new Board as well as you our members. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any suggestions, we want to know what you are looking for and ways we can serve you better. Until then, we will keep you updated on legislative issues and concerns for NJ audiologist as well as our profession as a whole.


Donna Merchant
NJAA President



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