Ireland’s Audiologist of the Year 2016 Revealed. A dedicated hearing professional has been crowned Ireland’s top audiologist after a closely fought competition.
Peter Ferguson of Ferguson’s Hearing Aid Clinic in Limerick has scooped the coveted title of Audiologist of the Year 2016, after a heartfelt nomination from one of his patients swung the judges’ decision.
The award, in its ninth year, is run in partnership between Rayovac, a world leading hearing aid battery manufacturer* and a division of Spectrum Brands Inc., Audio Infos, a leading international hearing publication for the audiology industry, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA), which represents Europe’s major hearing instrument manufacturers.
The competition celebrates the very best in the hearing care profession, inviting patients from 10 countries across Europe to share their stories and say how their audiologist has made a difference to their lives.
With hundreds of nominations that are anonymously judged, the independent panel of industry judges has been busy deliberating over the summer, with Peter ultimately being announced as Ireland’s winner.
Peter’s patient, Denise Fitzgerald, has been deaf since birth and her hearing had become progressively worse over the years, which was making life extremely difficult for her.
Denise said: “Peter never gave up on me. In 2013 I was accepted for a cochlear implant. Prior to being accepted I was tested by a scientist from the USA who had to check my hearing aids to make sure they were giving me the best possible hearing. The tests revealed that my aids were already some of the best and no further improvements could be made for me.
“On my journey I met several people on the cochlear implant list, but were turned away because their hearing aids were not good enough at all. This would never happen with Peter, he would make sure you were achieving the maximum hearing. It is with great confidence that I still have to attend Peter for a hearing aid in my other ear.”
Judge Søren Hougaard, from EHIMA, said: “Every year we receive so many inspiring nominations and it’s wonderful to celebrate the admirable work of audiologists across Europe. On behalf of all at EHIMA, I’d like to congratulate this years’ winner and thank every hearing professional across Europe for the incredible difference they’re making to their patients’ lives.”
Paula Brinson-Pyke, Marketing Director at Rayovac, said: “We’re delighted to announce Peter as the Irish winner. His hard work, dedication, patience and kindness really shone through and I know it was a very difficult decision for the panel of judges to make.
“Nine years into the competition and still, every year, we’re overwhelmed by the heart-warming entries we receive. The entries show that this really is more than just a job; the level of dedication and care demonstrated by the nominee is phenomenal. Audiologist of the Year is an award we’re very proud to have founded and continue to back alongside our partners EHIMA and Audio Infos. Now we can look forward to celebrating the overall European winner at our upcoming event in October. I’d like to wish all our country winners the very best of luck!”
Judging is now taking place to decide which of the country winners from the participating countries will win the overall 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 in Hannover this October.
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