Paula Cook from Amersham in the UK has been awarded the title of European Audiologist of the Year 2019, just weeks after being crowned the United Kingdom Audiologist of the Year.
Going above and beyond
In the final, Paula Cook beat finalists from France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland for the coveted title. She impressed the judges with her dedication to going above and beyond in her patient care.
The Audiologist of the Year is a competition which is run in partnership with individual members of the hearing instrument industry together with the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA) and the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH).
The winning entry for the Europe-wide award was selected by a panel of judges, made up of professionals from the hearing industry who, from a list of finalists made up of the top audiologist in each participating country, nominated by their clients and their families for their outstanding support, service and approach to care.
Privilege to help people
Accepting her award at an Evening of Excellence and networking event at the EUHA Congress and Exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, Paula Cook said: “I would just like to say, congratulations to every audiologist that has been nominated for this award. All are incredibly worthy and I feel blessed to have been selected. It is a privilege to go to work every day to help people access the world around them and bring them back into the family circle. Tears and laughter are shared with many.”
Competition judge and Secretary General for EHIMA, Stefan Zimmer, said: “Each year we receive a high number of compelling and heart-warming entries from across Europe. As judges, we are looking for the audiologist who really stands out from the crowd in elevating their patient care and approach to an exceptional level. Paula’s efforts in going above and beyond merely expected levels of care in her practice have earned her this award.”
Other country winners who were in the running for the European title were:
France – Natacha Chetritt-Bonneyrat
Spain – Laura Girón Mairal
Germany – Jens Warnecke
Netherlands – Mariëlle de Heer
Republic of Ireland – Peter Maguire