President’s Letter

-January 2018-


Greetings from the Scott Haug Foundation (SHF) Board of Directors!!

The 2017 Texas Academy of Audiology Conference, held in October in San Marcos, was an exciting event for all, particularly for the Foundation.   Not only was the conference well attended making it a wonderful time to connect (or reconnect) with colleagues throughout the state; but it featured excellent presenters, including our own Jackie Clark, President-Elect of the American Academy of Audiology; participation from a large number of exhibitors; and two FIRSTs for the Foundation.

Our first FIRST was the hosting of the first TAA/SHF preconference golf tournament. It was a fun morning for a round of golf and lots of camaraderie with the Florida Scramble team-style of playing the best ball. It was a great way to kick off the conference!

Our second FIRST was the recognition of the first Scott Haug Outstanding Texas Audiologist. The Board presented this award to Karen Ditty, Au.D, from Houston who was instrumental in our victory with the 2017 Texas Legislatures. Dr. Ditty has a history of involvement with TAA and EHDI as a pediatric audiologist, but she fought long and hard for passage of House Bill 490 that mandates insurance carriers provide coverage of hearing aids and cochlear implants for children in Texas. Many individuals participated in that process, but Karen worked diligently over the course of many years to see it through! Congratulations again, Dr. Ditty!

We awarded our second Robert J. Dunlop Memorial Student Scholarship Award to Natalie Yates from Lamar University. She is an outstanding example of the high caliber of Au.D. students who are currently working on obtaining their degrees and joining our field. Congratulations Natalie! We also recognized the students who were nominated by their specific university programs: Jennica Falcon from the University of Texas (Austin), Shelby Landes from the University of North Texas and Stephanie Winfield from the University of Texas in Dallas. Each candidate has shown excellence in the clinic, in the classroom, and in their offsite experiences and was recommended by their professors and supervisors.

It is an honor for the Scott Haug Board of Directors to introduce the Scott Haug Memorial Lecturer each year for the TAA Conference Keynote Address. We do this in memory of Scott and to the hundreds of Scott Haug Hill Country retreat past attendees.

For our annual dinner/dance we were SUPER HEAROES! Helping our patients hear better makes us ALL superheroes!! There were some outstanding costumes—picture giant Q-tips and Super Women dancing to selections played by our D.J!

As many of you know a few years ago the Foundation combined forces with TAA, seeking to support and strengthen our state’s professional organization. Our history includes thirty years of hosting Texas Hill Country Audiology Retreats that became premier conferences for audiologists from all over Texas and beyond. The Retreats are now wonderful memories that continue to inspire us! The Scott Haug Foundation’s objectives remain the same. Our goals are:

  • To help make the Texas Academy of Audiology Conference the best audiology conference in the nation;
  • To encourage membership growth in the Academy;
  • To encourage strong professional relationships between audiologists, students, leaders in our field, and our corporate sponsors;
  • To encourage audiology students to get involved early in their careers;
  • To promote the best in education and excellence in practice;
  • To have lots of fun while accomplishing all of these goals.

The SHF Board is currently accepting nominations and references for the second Scott Haug Foundation Outstanding Texas Audiologist. Nominations must be received by June 30, 2018. See our website for additional information on the nomination process.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2018 TAA Conference October 18-20 in The Woodlands! Tell your colleagues just how much fun it was last year and encourage them to attend this year so that we can make it bigger and better!!


-Jacque Patton, SHF Board President