Last month, more than 100 U.S. hearing care professionals participated in a week-long event called OtiCongress 2018. The event, held in Anchorage Alaska, created a unique platform for hearing care professionals to combine professional development with the opportunity to put their professional expertise to work to benefit Native Alaskan children and adults. Educational sessions during the week talked about the latest hearing healthcare research, technology, and trends while a series of humanitarian missions brought audiologists to rural communities in southwest Alaska. Partnering with Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC), a Tribal Organization that administers a comprehensive healthcare delivery system for 58 rural communities in southwest Alaska, the volunteers provided hearing tests to more than 200 patients and fit more than 150 hearing aids donated by the Oticon Hearing Foundation.
One such audiologist who participated in this years OtiCongress 2018 was Dr. Patrice Rifkind of Santa Clarita, California who has been an audiologist for 23 years. Next week, she’ll share her personal experience volunteering in Alaska and a touching patient story.