The AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo has been canceled due to concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a posting this evening on the American Academy of Audiology’s (AAA) website.
The posting that appears is as follows:
In an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our attendees and the patients they serve (who may be part of at-risk populations), the Academy has made the difficult decision to cancel the AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo (and all related activities and ancillary meetings) due to concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This unanimous decision was made by the Academy’s Board of Directors this evening, Wednesday, March 11.
The Academy leadership appreciates the countless hours the field of audiology has devoted to planning for this conference, the largest meeting dedicated specifically to audiology. We recognize the commitment of organizers, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, and staff to the success of the conference and acknowledge the disappointment we all share in not being able to continue with the meeting as planned for later this month. However, the need to cancel became apparent in light of the developments over the last few days, including elevated warnings from the CDC and WHO, growing travel restrictions worldwide, and increasing concerns expressed by attendees.
We ask for your patience as we work through policies and procedures with respect to registration and determine next steps. With a conference of this size, we have many details to address and will need some time to identify answers for you. We hope that this preliminary announcement can help you to plan accordingly and to adjust your own travel arrangements.
Your hotel reservation will be cancelled by the Academy and you will receive a confirmation of this cancellation from your hotel within 7-10 business days.
Full registration refunds will be offered. For those who may have already cancelled, the $75 cancellation fee will be refunded. Your refund will be processed within 30-60 days.
We will reach out with as much information as possible in the days ahead. Our priority now is communicating that the 2020 conference is cancelled. Thank you for your ongoing support of both the Academy and the profession of audiology.
Catherine Palmer, PhD, President, American Academy of Audiology
Media: AAA, YouTube