FARMINGTON, MI – August 17, 2023 – International Hearing Society (the membership association that represents hearing healthcare professionals worldwide) is pleased to announce its 2023 IHS Award Winners who exhibited excellence in various categories listed below. 2023 Awardees will be recognized at the IHS Awards Gala on September 30th, held during the 71st Annual IHS Convention & Expo in Palm Springs, California. IHS President Patrick Kochanowski, BS, ACA, BC-HIS, said, “I am so proud to share the names of these compassionate and dedicated winners who exemplify the best of IHS. Their determination to uplift the profession both by their fine example and their selfless efforts to advocate are not only commendable but are worthy of celebration. On behalf of the IHS Board of Governors, I extend a hearty congratulations to these tremendous individuals and chapter.”
Learn more about these accomplished hearing healthcare professionals in the October-November-December edition of The Hearing Professional magazine. You can also congratulate many of them in person at the Awards Gala on September 30th in Palm Springs, California, and hear more about their contributions to the profession leading to their recognition. Register today to reserve your ticket!
The 2023 IHS Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Roberta Miller, Senior Director of Dispenser Relations at Beltone, in acknowledgement of her 60 years of dedicated service and leadership with IHS partner, Beltone. (See image below.)
The James P. Lovell Advocacy Award will be awarded to Amanda Bonner, BC-HIS, of Beltone Hearing Aid Center, in Huntington, West Virginia. The Lovell award is given annually to the member or organization that has accomplished extraordinary achievements in advocating for the hearing impaired.
The IHS Emerging Professional Award will be awarded to Desirae Martocci of Hear Well Center, in Aberdeen, New Jersey. This award is given to an IHS member who has been licensed for less than five years and, during that time, has expanded the role of hearing aid dispensing professional through IHS/chapter participation, leadership, volunteering, and/or professional growth, thereby representing and promoting the mission of IHS to a larger audience.
The IHS Outstanding Professional Member Award winner is Teresa Robinson, MS, ACA, BC-HIS, of Miracle-Ear, in Colonial Heights, Virginia. This award is presented annually to an IHS member who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the International Hearing Society’s values and goals, including advancing and enhancing the professional identity and status of IHS membership; advancing a mutual respect among hearing healthcare professionals, to assure IHS members’ eligibility as providers in the hearing care delivery system; advancing professional qualifications and standards in the hearing aid dispensing field; and educating the public about the profession’s role in hearing loss identification and hearing healthcare delivery.
The IHS Chapter of the Year Award is being awarded to Louisiana Society of Hearing Aid Specialists (LSHAS). This award recognizes IHS’ highest achieving chapter that has made the most significant contributions to both the profession and the industry through chapter development, advocacy, public relations, meetings and education initiatives.
The Hearing Review Professional Leadership Award
IHS President-Elect Michael Andreozzi, BS, BC-HIS, will also receive an award at the IHS Awards Gala this year—The Hearing Review Professional Leadership Award for his success in the industry and advancement of the Hearing Aid Specialist profession. This honor is awarded by The Hearing Review magazine to a tremendous ‘change maker’ in the hearing healthcare profession each year.
IHS Executive Director Alissa Parady applauded the 2023 IHS award winners, “I congratulate all our 2023 IHS award winners and nominees. These individuals embody the palpable spirit of IHS in their devotion to the Hearing Aid Specialist profession and compassion in helping more individuals hear and communicate better. I hope IHS members will join us in celebrating these exemplary professionals in Palm Springs in September.”