The hunt for Europe’s top audiologist has begun as online entries open for this year’s ‘European Audiologist of the Year’ competition.
Now in its thirteenth year, the competition offers the opportunity for audiologists from across Europe to compete for the title of country winner as well as for the coveted top spot, Europe’s Audiologist of the Year 2020. The award is organised by RAYOVAC®, a world-leading hearing aid battery manufacturer*, together with sponsors Audio Infos, a leading publication for the audiology industry, the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA), which represents the major European hearing instrument manufacturers, offering smart hearing aid and implant solutions for people hard of hearing, and the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH).
Paula Brinson-Pyke, Marketing Director at RAYOVAC® said: “This annual event celebrating excellence in the hearing care profession has become one of the highlights in the industry calendar. The competition continues to grow, providing outstanding audiologists from across Europe with the recognition they deserve. “The competition continues to grow and this year we have made it even easier for audiologists and their nominating patients to enter, by bringing the application process online. This is being supported by a step-by-step entry guide which interested audiologists and their patients can review for advice on crafting a winning entry. We are looking forward to another bumper year of applications for 2020.”
Europe’s top audiologist will receive not only the recognition from their peers in the Industry, as the award is presented at an Evening of Excellence at EUHA, later in the year but also a cash prize , a PR package to help them promote their practice or department, as well as a year’s subscription to Audio Infos magazine. The patient who submits the winning entry will also receive a cash prize.
Winner of the European Audiologist of the Year title in 2019, Paula Cook of Aston Hearing in Amersham, went into audiology following her own experiences as a parent of two children with hearing loss. She impressed the judges by going above and beyond in her dedication to patient care, travelling to Turkey and giving up her holiday time to fit a former patient and her neighbour with hearing aids. Describing her feelings on winning the award she said: “I am really honoured to have been crowned European Audiologist of the Year 2019. Who would have thought that my journey, starting with my children being born with a hearing loss, would bring me here? It’s amazing.”
General Secretary of EHIMA, Dr Stefan Zimmer, said: “We are delighted to support the Audiologist of the Year 2020 competition and showcase the outcomes of exceptional patient care. Audiologists across Europe are having a profound impact on their patients’ lives, affecting them at a deep and emotional level. “This impact is what the judges are looking for in a winning entry. What audiologists are doing through outstanding patient care and through the sharing and application of new technologies can be life-changing for patients. This award is about so much more than hearing.” Entries for the Audiologist of the Year competition for 2020 will close on Friday 26th June. Nominations are invited from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland. For more information and to download the step-by-step guide or make a nomination please visit: www.audiologistoftheyear.eu
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*Based on internal company estimates of worldwide market share.