There’s still time for hearing care professionals to be in the running for a prestigious industry award that sees the best of Europe’s audiologists compete to be crowned Audiologist of the Year.
Audiologist of the Year, which attracts hundreds of nominations from patients across the UK and Ireland every year, celebrates and rewards hearing care professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty in caring for their patients.
The competition invites patients from 10 European countries to nominate their hearing practitioner by describing the difference they have made to their lives.
Now in its ninth year, Audiologist of the Year is run by Rayovac, the world’s number one hearing aid battery manufacturer and a division of consumer products company, Spectrum Brand Holdings Inc., Audio Infos, a leading international hearing publication for the audiology industry, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturer’s Association (EHIMA), which represents Europe’s major hearing instrument manufacturers and promotes ongoing research related to hearing instruments. With the search for this year’s winner already underway, entries are coming in thick and fast from patients who have nominated their hearing practitioners as a means of saying ‘thank you’ for their care and support. These heartfelt stories highlight the hard work of the country’s best audiologists and why they deserve to be rewarded on an international stage.
The winning audiologist will receive £250 plus a generous PR package to help them promote their practice or department, while the patient who wrote the winning entry is also eligible for a cash prize and a gift bundle worth £200.
After the 8th July 2016 deadline, a panel of industry judges will decide on a winner from each of the 10 participating countries in September. Once these winners are announced, the top audiologists from the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland will battle it out for the title of European Audiologist of the Year.
This year’s winner will join an impressive list of audiologists to have already held the title. Last year, it was Herdis Menhardt from Austria who was crowned as European winner after an emotional nomination from her patient, Susanne. Herdis treated Susanne’s son shortly after he was born with hearing difficulties, changing his life forever.
Paula Brinson-Pyke, Marketing Director at Rayovac, said: “The Audiologist of the Year competition is always a highlight of our annual calendar and 2016 already looks set to be bigger and better than ever. The hearing industry contains some truly outstanding professionals and it is fantastic to be part of something that recognises and rewards their dedication and hard work.”
“Every year we look forward to entries coming in, they’re always inspirational and illustrate the profound effect that audiologists have on their patients’ lives. While it is patients who nominate, audiologists are encouraged to promote the competition in their practice as this is the first step to possibly being crowned Europe’s best.”
Entries can be submitted online at www.audiologistoftheyear.co.uk
Entries close on 8th July 2016. All nominations must be submitted by patients, however audiologists can promote the competition in their practice by downloading promotional materials from the competition website.