Lauren Charles

Lauren Charles, recipient of this year’s Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology.

Sonova has announced that the Hear the World Foundation’s annual Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology has been awarded to Lauren Charles, a fourth-year AuD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sonova reports that Charles will complete the Judith Gravel Fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology at UNC Chapel Hill. The fellowship was created by the Hear the World Foundation in 2010 and is named in honor of the late Judith Gravel.

According to the Sonova announcement, Charles is originally from Brentwood, Tennessee, and completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She also has had hearing loss since early childhood and is a bilateral hearing aid user.

“Dr Judith Gravel was a renowned clinician whose contributions to pediatric audiology had a worldwide impact,” said Charles. “I am excited for the opportunity to spend my fourth year at UNC where I will enhance my knowledge and skill in the management of infants and young children with hearing loss. It is an honor to be mentored by dedicated clinicians who were themselves inspired by Dr Gravel as I strengthen my foundation to begin my career as a pediatric audiologist.”

The Gravel Fellowship is awarded each year to a fourth-year Doctor of Audiology (AuD) student whose externship is completed at UNC Hospitals with a focus on pediatric audiology.

For more information about Hear the World Foundation, visit the Hear the World website.

Source: Phonak