Back from the Show
I am back home safe and sound from a great experience at AudiologyNOW! 2012
in Boston. I am in the processing of finishing a more detailed write-up on my experiences at the conference, though admittedly I have put more focus on an onslaught of school-related tasks upon my return. Talk about a welcome home!
I have also been dealing with a nasty sinus infection for nearly two weeks now. As any audiologist or frequent flyer knows, one should travel by air with caution when dealing with head colds or allergies. I found out first-hand, losing a good bit of my hearing on the flight. I was never able to "equalize" things, dealing with the problem for the duration of the conference. (How's that for irony?) It did make for a good conversation topic around a boatload of people who love ears.
I apologize to any presenters who were distracted by the coughing fits, but there was no way I was going to miss the sessions I eagerly anticipated weeks beforehand. Hats off to the presenters this year! You did an awesome job, and I look forward to reviewing several hours of new information that I learned. The educational sessions were a great remedy to third-year burnout. I did not spend as much time on the show floor networking as I had intended due to my issues, but there were some awesome displays and products to boot. I got to visit with some familiar faces as well as meet some well-known professionals and scholars.
Of course, I spent some time seeing the sites of Boston in the evenings with my wife, who did a great job of learning how to navigate the city while I was at the conference. When we weren't celebrating at the nightly events with my student colleagues, we were soaking in the history of the most wonderful city I have visited to date. At every location of interest, we met audiologists who were in town for the conference and had their own unique story. You can really learn some valuable professional and life issues visiting with colleagues outside of a professional setting with their guards down. I cherish the conversations I had with each of you! I also had the privilege of meeting students that I have talked with through online forums since my first year as a student. It was great shooting the breeze with friends that I will undoubtedly have for life!
In the coming entries, I will detail my thoughts a little more thoroughly on my AudiologyNOW! and Boston experiences. Until then, a big thanks to AAA and all of the associated entities for another great year!