Energizer® Battery Inc, St Louis, announces that it has awarded a full scholarship to Central Michigan University graduate student Ann Narimasu, who will receive one year of specialized clinical training as a pediatric audiologist at House Ear Institute’s Children’s Auditory Research and Evaluation (CARE) Center, Los Angeles.

The Energizer® Audiology Traineeship term runs from July 1 through June 30, and because it provides a comprehensive range of services from newborn hearing screening to cochlear implants, is highly competitive. Candidates for the Traineeship were required to have a master’s degree or clinical doctorate in audiology, and selection was based on merit and a desire to pursue a career in pediatric audiology.

“I’ve already gained so much knowledge from the House Ear Institute’s CARE Center staff, and I’m thrilled to be working with them in this outstanding environment,” Narimasu says. “The pediatric clinical experience provided to students at the CARE Center is truly extraordinary.”

Narimasu has almost completed her AuD, and already has 3 years of clinical experience under her belt.

This scholarship from Energizer helps fulfill the Institute’s mission to advance education in the field of hearing health, and supports its effort to partner with corporations that are committed to educating the next generation of hearing health professionals.

“The Institute’s exceptional reputation in the hearing health industry and our comprehensive approach to pediatric audiology have created a high demand in the field for graduates of our CARE Center,” says Margaret Winter, MS, CCC-A, clinical services coordinator at the CARE Center. “Ann brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her traineeship, as well as a gift for working with children. I know that after completing her training year here, she will possess ample experience and a unique skill set for succeeding in any pediatric audiology setting anywhere.”

“According to national reports, audiology is one of the fastest growing professions and Energizer is committed to being part of the future of hearing health by supporting young audiologists in training,” says Anne Bannister, brand group director of Energizer. “In addition, the Energizer Bunny® has become a cultural icon of longevity and perseverance, making it a great fit with the House Ear Institute and the spirit of the children who are patients of its CARE Center.”

[SOURCE: House Ear Institute, August 22, 2006]