Audiology Associates, Inc. was formed in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing comprehensive clinical services in a private practice environment. This was the first group of private practice audiologists in the state of Maryland to dispense hearing aids. In recent years, the clinical division of our firm has grown to include eight offices located throughout Maryland in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County and Talbot County.
By 1980, advancements in technology and new clinical procedures raised the sophistication of audiometric equipment. It was apparent that individuals who sold and serviced audiology equipment required an extensive background in the application of audiologic procedures. Thus, we began offering instrumentation sales and calibration services. We hired the first audiologist employed in the country as an instrumentation sales representative. In 1986, we opened a facility in Oreland, Pa. to serve Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Our practice had grown to become the third largest distributor of instrumentation products in the United States.
We formed another division called Associated Dispensing Service in 1980, with the primary mission to provide hearing aid dispensing services to audiologists. This service allows non-dispensing audiologists to provide complete patient management care. We were the first audiology practice to dispense hearing aids in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Fees were initially established on a fee-for-service basis. Consequently, if a colleague in Baltimore needed an aid for a patient and could not directly dispense, they could use our service to obtain the aid. As the dispensing service grew, we received requests from audiologists from outside our geographic area. Associated Dispensing Service now has clients in nearly all 50 states.
Today’s clinical services utilize the most advanced technologies available, such as computerized hearing aids. Specifically, hearing aids can be programmed in our office to match a patient’s individual hearing levels and comfort range, thereby improving their communication skills, particularly in the presence of background noise. We provide services for children and adults.
Dr. Craig W. Johnson (1952-2013)
Craig W. Johnson, Au.D. , F.A.A.A.
Dr. Johnson founded Audiology Associates, Inc. in 1977 and served as the President of the firm. He was the first private practitioner in the State of Maryland in 1977, and his practice has grown to eight free-standing offices. He received a master’s degree from Towson University and a doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Johnson was born in Baltimore and was raised in the Fullerton area of Baltimore County. Dr. Johnson provided a full range of diagnostic and hearing aid services for patients in the Ambassador Road office. He most enjoyed talking to his patients about their life experiences. He felt that knowledge concerning a patient’s lifestyle and previous experiences are one of the most important factors in restoring one’s communicative abilities.
Dr. Johnson was one of the initiators of the many pro-patient and pro-audiology legislative accomplishments that have occurred in Maryland during the past twenty years. He was one of the founding fathers of the Maryland Academy of Audiology (M.A.A.) in 1992. He served as MAA’s President in 1997, and has continued to serve as M.A.A.’s Legislative Chairperson throughout the years (1996 to 2013). Through his leadership and efforts Maryland has improved Workman’s Compensation, established Infant hearing screenings (along with the Maryland Speech-Language and Hearing Association, M.S.H.A.), generated the passing of a bill that allows patients freedom of choice in the selection of their hearing aids, achieved for federal government workers a $1400 benefit per hearing aid (also coordinated efforts with audiologists from Virginia).
These accomplishments represent a partial list of Dr. Johnson’s work and efforts on the behalf of Audiologists and his patients. He was also active on the national level throughout the years. Dr. Johnson was elected to the Board of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and began his term in 1998. In 2002, he was elected President-elect of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (A.D.A.) and began serving a two-year term as its President in October, 2004. In October 2007, he completed ten years of service on A.D.A’s Board of Directors. ADA is the largest national organization representing Doctors of Audiology. During the past twenty years, Dr. Johnson was active in the American Academy of Audiology (A.A.A.) as Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee and Chairperson of the Political Action Committee. He received A.A.A.’s President’s Award for Service in 1999 and 2004. He was co-author along with Dr. Holtan (a colleague in Audiology Associates, Inc.) of “Institutionalizing Patient’s Freedom of Choice”, a recently published article in “Audiology Today.”
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