Laurel Christensen, PhD
Laurel Christensen, PhD, chief audiology officer for ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, says that effective hearing care demands the seamless application of technology to meet the needs of people with hearing impairment. “As technology continues to evolve, the needs of the hearing-impaired and the needs of those dispensing hearing instruments must continue to drive product development,” she says.
In recognition of this, the company has created a global audiology department, which will combine and leverage its audiology expertise to provide the necessary audiologic perspective during the process of hearing instrument design—from concept to release into the market.
As chief audiology officer, Christensen will lead the team of 25 audiologists located in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her management team includes John Nelson, PhD, VP, audiology global relations; Jennifer Groth, MA, director, audiology communications; Charlotte Jespersen, MA, director, audiology development; and Todd Fortune, PhD, director, audiology systems and design.
The team will draw upon scientific rigor and in-depth clinical experience to guide new product development that is both advanced and practical, the company says. The team will also be responsible for technical training in the global markets and supporting local sales efforts worldwide.
ReSound develops technology and solutions to improve quality of life for hard-of-hearing individuals worldwide. Its founding in 1999 through a merger of GN Danavox and ReSound Corp, combined 90 years of hearing instrument development.