Accepting her award at an Evening of Excellence and networking event at the EUHA Congress and Exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, Paula said: “I would just like to say congratulations to every audiologist that has been nominated for this award. All are incredibly worthy and I feel blessed to have been selected. It has been such an overwhelming experience, the congratulations and joy from colleagues, clients, family, friends and acquaintances has completely taken me by surprise. The highlight though has been the beaming smiles of my children, Ellen and Michael, who are so proud of what we have achieved throughout our journey – it is beyond words.
“It is a privilege to go to work every day to help people access the world around them and bring them back into the family circle, tears and laughter are shared with many. All at Aston Hearing go the extra mile every day and I am lucky to work with such an amazing team. Thank you Rayovac for helping us to celebrate our profession – and thank you Heather for sharing your story and nominating me for this award. I hope all of these ‘real-world’ stories that Rayovac have encouraged people to share over the past 12 years inspire future generations of audiologists.”
EHIMA Secretary General and competition judge Stefan Zimmer said: “Each year we receive a high number of compelling and heart-warming entries from across Europe. As judges we are looking for the audiologist who really stands out from the crowd in elevating their patient care and approach to an exceptional level. Paula’s efforts in going above and beyond merely expected levels of care in her practice have earned her this award.”