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The ARO is an international scientific society composed of basic scientists and clinicians who are actively investigating basic science and clinical problems associated with hearing, speech, balance, smell, taste and diseases of the head and neck. The ARO provides a forum for the interchange of information through its peer-reviewed journal, JARO, and via the ARO Annual MidWinter Meeting.

There are currently ~1824 ARO members: 1030 regular members, 635 Student/Postdoc/Resident members, 146 Senior members and 13 Honorary members.  Students, postdocs and resident members are also invited to join spARO, with special activities for and by trainees.

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All ARO membership categories run on a calendar year from January through December.

REGULAR MEMBER - $120 per Year
Any person with established competence in research in the clinical and/or basic sciences as they relate to otolaryngology, who exhibits an interest in supporting the goals of the Association, and who has demonstrated these qualities by their actions and scientific publications is eligible for Regular membership. To become a Regular member, a candidate must be proposed for membership by at least one member in good standing. The proposing member is responsible for reviewing the applicant’s curriculum vitae (or other evidence of research interest and competence), and the Executive Director or their designee shall confirm the proposing member’s approval. Any questions as to the qualifications or appropriateness of the proposed membership shall be discussed and decided upon by Council. There shall be no specific requirements regarding medical board certification or academic degrees.
Any person who is engaged in formal training toward a baccalaureate, Masters or doctoral degree or in post-doctoral training in research and/or an appropriate clinical or professional program, and who is engaged in research in the broad area of otolaryngology, and who exhibits an interest in supporting the goals of the Association may be elected to associate membership. To this end, they must present a request to the Headquarters office for status as an associate member and provide proof that they is in training. Associate members are not eligible to vote or to hold office but may serve on committees of the association. Associate membership shall be limited to 5 years. It may be renewed for one additional 5-year term. Upon completion of training, or post-graduate education, or fellowship, the associate member must request reclassification to Regular membership by application to the Headquarters office.  
SENIOR MEMBER- $50 per Year
Any Regular member, self-identified as Retired or Emeritus, may be designated a senior member by action of the ARO Council at the member’s request. The decision is made on behalf of council by the Secretary/Treasurer. Senior members are not eligible to vote or to hold office in the Association; however, they may serve on committees. A Regular member wishing to change membership category to senior member must notify the Headquarters office of their request.
A person who has contributed in any extraordinary manner to the advancement of otolaryngology and related sciences may be elected by the majority vote of Council. Honorary members shall have all the privileges of membership except the right to vote or hold office and shall not be required to pay dues.

*Late fees - ARO membership runs on a calendar year basis and is effective January 1 through December 31. Membership applications may be submitted year-round. Benefits begin immediately upon joining. Membership dues renewals are invoiced in September for the following year's dues.  Anyone who does not renew their membership by December 31 will be assessed a $25 late fee.




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