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Sounds+ Future Leaders Award

Sounds+ is a not-for-profit professional network of audiologists across Canada. Our focus is to provide a professional support network for audiologists, to host and champion educational opportunities related to hearing health & rehabilitation, and to educate the public and other health professionals about the importance of hearing health care & audiology.

Sounds+ has been offering a scholarship to audiology students at Dalhousie University in the form of an essay competition for almost 20 years. We are excited to announce that for the first time, we are hosting a national competition in 2021.  This year’s Future Leader’s Award will be open to ALL AUDIOLOGY students enrolled in Canadian programs. 

The Future Leaders Award’s intent is to inspire students to become audiology advocates. The award is in memory of a founding member of our organization. Jean Kienapple was one of the founders and former president of Sounds+. She was the Chief Operations Officer/ Vice President of Audiometric Consultants Maritimes Ltd., as well as Audiology Associates of Nova Scotia and Audiology Associates of PEI. She was the Co-founder of the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, a member of the American Academy of Dispensing Audiologist, a member of the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and a former board member of the American Foundation of Audiology. Jean was an advocate for the profession of audiology. She was very passionate about helping others and making a difference.

Prior to 2020, this award has been open to 3rd year audiology students at Dalhousie, and it had always been in written form.  We decided that last year was time for change.  For the first time, the competition was open to all Audiology students at Dalhousie, and the format changed. Given that students are probably inundated with essays and structured course work we decided to make the competition more flexible and fun. The 2020 competition was an open platform and we are pleased to say saw the most applicants to date.  Entries, including videos, cartoons, songs, were very creative. Several can be viewed on our website: View previous entries.

This year’s competition will be an open platform. We would love to see your creative minds educate the public and other health professionals about the importance of hearing health care & audiology. Essays of 500 words or less will be considered however we really would like to see other creative submissions. A video, blog post, meme, comic, you name it, are all encouraged. The award recipient will be chosen based on who best conveys our message by a committee of Sounds+ representatives.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a lasting impact globally. Specific to our profession, there has been an impact on individuals with hearing loss. We have seen a distinction between essential and nonessential service providers as a result of the pandemic. At times, this has impacted how such service providers can provide patient care.

Sounds+ Future Leaders Award

The topic of the 2021 Sounds+ Future Leader’s Award is “Why is Audiology an Essential Service?”


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