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AFA Rocks at AAA Convention

Lafayette, IN - April 13, 2004 This years AAA Convention was a busy and productive time for the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA). On Wednesday, March 31st, Executive Director Susan Paarlberg presented 39 third year Au.D. students with otoscopes and audiology professional symbol pins at the NAFDA Luncheon.

The donations were made by possible by gifts to the AFAs Memorial Fund and the generous support of Oaktree Products. According to Paarlberg, The AFA hopes the gift of these otoscopes will help young audiologists get started in the profession of audiology by giving them one of the basic instruments of practice.


Third year Au.D. students receive otoscopes from AFA at NAFDA Luncheon

Manufacturers Recognized for Generosity

Six companies were honored by AFA at the AAA Convention for their long-term support of the transition of audiology to a doctoral profession. Each of the companies has provided financial support to the AFA for more than five years.

The following companies received plaques presented by AFA Chair Ken Lowder, Au.D. and AFA Vice Chair Deborah Price, Au.D. in appreciation of their generosity:

  • Esco
  • GN ReSound
  • Oticon
  • Siemens
  • Starkey
  • Widex

Dr. Lowder stated, Without the generous support of these companies, the transition of audiology would not be where it is today. They have helped take the profession to a higher degree.


AFA Chair Ken Lowder, Au.D. and Vice Chair Deborah Price, Au.D.
present George Osborne with $20,000 check

$40,000 Awarded to Support Au.D. Programs

The AFA presented Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS) and the Pennsylvania College Optometry (PCO), School of Audiology with checks for $20,000 at the AAA Convention.

Tabitha Parent-Buck, Au.D., Audiology Department Chair, accepted the check on behalf of Arizona School of Health Sciences. The money will be used to support the new audiology clinic at ASHS.

George Osborne, Ph.D., School of Audiology Dean accepted the check on behalf of PCO. The money will provide a dedicated audiology classroom at PCO and annually support an additional $1000 endowed scholarship.

Former Director Honor

Tabitha Parent-Buck was honored with a plaque at the AAA Convention in recognition of her service to the AFA and the audiology profession. Dr. Parent-Buck stepped down after seven years of board service and will serve on the AFAs Advisory Committee.

According to AFA Vice Chair Deborah Price, Dr. Parent-Buck, one of the first Au.D. graduates in the country, has provided a great deal of guidance and support to transition audiology to a doctoring profession in the years that she served on the AFAs Board of Directors. We are very grateful for her time and talents.


AFA Directors Bob Gippin, Deborah Price and Mike Hartman
present plaque to former director Tabitha Parent-Buck


Mary Wilson, Managing Assistant Director
8 North 3rd Street, Suite 406
Lafayette, IN 47901
Phone: 765-743-6283 Fax: 765-743-9283
E-mail: mary@AuDfound.org
Website: www.AuDfound.org

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