What are your specific interests in audiology? What are your professional goals related to these interests?
My specific interests in audiology include hearing aid and cochlear implant services and investigating best practices for hearing aid fittings. My goals are to provide high-quality care, encourage self-advocacy in patients, and provide them with the resources they need for improved quality of life.
Have you previously volunteered with the SAA?
Yes! I began my involvement in SAA in the fall of 2021 when I entered the University of Iowa’s audiology program. I am currently the secretary for the University of Iowa chapter as well as the Iowa state ambassador for the 2022-2023 academic year. As secretary, I am responsible for general correspondence, taking and tracking attendance, and providing support to the other members of the local executive board. As state ambassador, my job is to serve as a bridge between the local Iowan and national chapters of SAA. Specifically, this entails providing resources and support to the local chapter, as well as brainstorming new programming ideas.
Aside from the SAA, what other relevant volunteer experiences do you have?
Since beginning my time in the University of Iowa’s AuD program, I have volunteered at a variety of cochlear implant support groups, and assisted living and senior center visits. The purpose of these visits is to inform residents and workers and perform hearing aid checks and basic maintenance. I have also participated in free hearing screenings in the community for both children and adults and presented information to University of Iowa dental students on communicating with patients who are d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as hearing preservations suggestions for dentists.