Purdue University third-year AuD students were among those who participated in the 2009 AFA otoscope program. (Left to right) Emily Patterson, Jennifer Slanker, Christy Macak. and Lance Nelson.

Some 100 AuD students hailing from 40 AuD programs nationwide earned otoscopes this year as part of the fourth annual Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) “Clued into Audiology” otoscope program, which tests students’ knowledge about the history of their profession.

Students were asked to read a series of articles about the history of the AuD degree and audiology’s transition to a doctoring profession. They were then required to pass a quiz on the material and be one of the first 100 respondents. The program was open to all third-year AuD students in four-year AuD programs.

From the program’s inception, funding has been provided by the Hal-Hen Company, in conjunction with the Widex Hearing Aid Co, which this year supplied otoscopes worth more than $16,000 in support of the AFA and AuD education.

The AFA is a nonprofit foundation aiming to empower audiologists to be independent and autonomous practitioners by supporting their educational preparation, professional practice, and leadership development.

[Source: AFA]