“After only a few minutes, I knew I had come to the right place. Mr Lobato showed experience, insight and empathy towards my hearing needs.”
DUTCH AUDIOLOGIST OF THE YEAR 2017 IS ANNOUNCED
A dedicated audiologist has fought off stiff competition to take home the most coveted award in his field.
Erwin Lobato, Audiologist at Annemiek’s Hoorstudio, has been announced as the 2017 Dutch Audiologist of the Year.
The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA). The competition relies on nominations from patients who have experienced exceptional care from their audiologist.
Celebrating a decade of industry excellence, a panel of independent hearing care professionals came together over the summer to judge the high volume of Dutch entries, to determine who deserved to be crowned as the winner.
Erwin Lobato was nominated by Annelies, who, in her entry, described how she had worn a hearing aid since she was nine after being born with a hearing deficiency. At 70, she had become sceptical about digital hearing aids and was still wearing her analogue hearing aids. That was until Erwin impressed her with his experience, insight and empathy.
In her heart-warming nomination for Erwin, Annelies said: “After only a few minutes, I knew that I had come to the right place. We had a very long and honest conversation, followed by a very thorough examination of my hearing. After 11 sessions adjusting the digital hearing aids in tiny steps, we have now arrived at a fantastic result.
“My hearing is even better than it was with the analogue hearing aids, something that I would have never thought possible. In company, I can now get by perfectly, even when people are talking all at once at social gatherings. I have heartfelt gratitude for Mr Lobato’s expertise, patience and passion.”
Lidia Smolarek-Best, Vice President from EFHOH, said: “We are thrilled to be part of a competition that brings so many professionals from the industry together to recognise their life-changing accomplishments. There are some absolutely terrific audiologists out there, demonstrating that care goes well beyond the consulting room.”
Paula Brinson-Pyke, Marketing Director at Rayovac, said: “The award is not only an accolade in its own right but plays a key role in supporting the practices of winning audiologists around Europe.
“With the support of our sponsors, we are honoured to once again be able to celebrate the achievements of hardworking and dedicated hearing care professionals. In our 10th anniversary special year, we’ve received an incredible number of entries to the competition showcasing the high standard of work taking place across Europe.”
Judging is now underway to decide which of the winners from each of the participating countries will go on to win the coveted title of European Audiologist of the Year. The winner will receive a cash prize along with a certificate, which will be presented at the annual Evening of Excellence during the EUHA event in Germany this October.