“My audiologist has been part of my journey through life and has been there for me whenever I’ve needed support.”
SPANISH 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.
Sebastian Bernal Zafra, Audiologist at Audiologia de Cadiz, has been announced as the 2017 Spanish 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 Spanish entries, to determine who deserved to be crowned as the winner.
Sebastian was nominated by Silva, who, in her entry, described how her audiologist had been part of her life for many years, having been there for her as a child, as a wife and as she embarked on motherhood.”
In her heart-warming nomination for Sebastian, Silva said: “Since I’ve been going to him, he has treated me and my family with a lot of care and affection. Whenever I’ve needed to change hearing aids, he has always taken my needs into account to choose those best suited to my lifestyle.
“His priority is that patients lead as normal a life as possible, regardless of hearing loss. He’s very committed to raising awareness of the hugely undervalued nature of audiology in Spain and the major impact this has on quality of life for so many people.”
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.