Welcome New Faces to PARC

In July, two new research audiologists joined the Phonak Audiologist Research Center (PARC).

Meet: Ashley Wright, Au.D., Phonak Research Audiologist  Ashley Wright, Au.D., Phonak Research Audiologist

Education: Temple University, BA; Rush University, Au.D.

Why did you choose the field of audiology?

I was originally pursuing a linguistics undergraduate degree when I became the caretaker for my elderly grandparents. My grandmother had severe hearing loss and wore bilateral hearing aids (Phonak Solanas, actually).

As I was witnessing her struggles with hearing loss firsthand, my academic interests underwent a lateral shift from language to hearing, and I haven’t looked back.

What are you looking forward to as a PARC team member?

I’ll have the opportunity to conduct verification and validation studies that directly influence the products that Phonak brings to consumers. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a brilliant and influential team, so I’m looking forward to learning from them and building my skills as an researcher.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work, you can find me at the movies, on a roller coaster, knitting, eating out or at home relaxing with my two rabbits.

What is your favorite sound?

Easy one! Rustling leaves. I wish it was autumn all year round.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

I’m a big fan of true crime documentaries and podcasts. My husband finds it morbid and derivative, but I can’t get enough.

 


Meet: Jackie Drexler, Au.D., Phonak Research AudiologistJackie Drexler, Au.D., Phonak Research Audiologist

Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA; University at Buffalo, Au.D.

Why did you choose the field of audiology?

When I think back, my audiologist and family first inspired me to pursue a career in audiology. As a hard of hearing individual, it felt natural for me to work with and assist others living with hearing loss.

It’s exciting to be on the front lines and witness the rapid changes and improvements in technology that I depend on every day.

What are you looking forward to as a PARC team member?

I am excited to be a part of a team that helps to drive innovation and support best-practice clinical protocols. I also look forward to working with patients who are eager to come in and contribute to our studies.  

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love being outdoors, whether that means hiking, traveling, going for a run, relaxing with a book or exploring different areas around my neighborhood. 

What is your favorite sound?

The sound of the startup chime on my hearing aid and cochlear implant. My devices give me the gift of hearing.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

I used to play competitive ultimate frisbee in college for 4 years. Many people are not familiar with this sport, but it is quickly growing in popularity.