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 $1000 scholarship to audiology students at Dalhousie University in the form of an essay competition for almost 20 years. This year's competition is open to all current Dalhousie audiology students.
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.
This year’s competition will be a blog style format. 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 a blog type post. Several can be viewed on our website.
The award recipient will be chosen based on who best conveys our message by a committee of Sounds+ representatives.
The topic of the 2023 Sounds+ Future Leaders Award is "The Importance of seeing an Audiologist when choosing a treatment for your hearing loss!" Explore the differences between Over the Counter (OTC) devices with more advanced technology found in prescribed hearing aids. Identify the potential risks involved when neither professional testing nor advice is sought. An emphasis on the role and value of aural rehabilitative counseling.
All submissions can be sent via email to [email protected]
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your creative submissions! The winner and runner up will be posted to our website (with your permission) to help educate the public!