Wednesday This year’s meeting kicked off with the 10th annual Academy Research Conference (ARC), which focused on genetics and hearing loss. More than 175 registrants participated in this one-day translational conference chaired by Kathleen Arnos, PhD. Dr. Arnos assembled a world-renowned line-up of leading researchers who shared their work on topics that included a primer on genetics for the clinician; genetic testing and counseling; genetic association with vestibular disorders and unilateral hearing loss; age-related hearing loss and noise-induced hearing loss; and therapies for hearing loss. See page 52 of this issue for the summaries of the ARC presentations. Sold-out learning labs on Wednesday morning featured hands-on training for everyone and included topics from cerumen management to cochlear implant programming, and hearing aid verification. About 30 attendees spent the morning learning to promote our profession through the Public Relations Media Training workshop. In addition to ARC and learning labs, new professionals had their own miniconference, supported by Phonak, LLC, and other attendees participated in an Advocacy Workshop. The First-Time Attendee Orientation was packed and provided “newbies” with helpful information to make the most out of their experience. The afternoon continued with well-attended learning modules and featured sessions. This year, the Academy collaborated with Vanderbilt University to bring the annual Judith Gravel Memorial Lecture to AAA 2018 attendees. Music for Deaf Ears: Cochlear Implant Mediated Perception of Music was presented by Dr. Charles Limb. Grand rounds this year were divided into four presentations and vestibular grand rounds was featured Wednesday afternoon. This content is an exclusive benefit for American Academy of Audiology members. If you're a member, log in and you'll get immediate access. Member Login If you're not yet a member, you'll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also invitations to member-only events, inclusion in the member directory, participation in professional forums, and access to patient resources, tools, and continuing education. Join today!