Next-generation Grads Tout Phonak as an ‘Amazing Educational Experience’

By Kailen Berry, Au.D., Phonak Audiology Manager

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Each year we invite audiology students from across the country to participate in an event we fondly call, “Phonak University.” We feel strongly at Phonak that audiology is a pillar supporting our mission to change lives for the better; education is an important building block in that pillar.

Our goal at Phonak U is to provide students with a fun and engaging environment in which to learn about their chosen profession through inspiring and thought-provoking activities. Students are able to network with their peers from across the country as well as Phonak staff to form long-lasting professional relationships to lean on throughout their career.

“My experience at Phonak U was great! I loved that there was time to network as well as very educational lectures. I also loved the balance between showing Phonak products and building us as audiologists.” — 2018 Phonak U grad

Welcome 100 Students

This year, we welcomed 100 students to Phonak U at the end of July. Students came away with knowledge and insights pertaining to topics, such as Family-Centered Care, general ear health and running a private practice, to name a few.

“The talk about Family-Centered Care definitely stuck with me. The talks about having a purpose, legacy, brand and specialty area help get me started on thinking about how I want to run my future practice.” — 2018 Phonak U grad

Students engaged with a professional panel of five audiologists with varying backgrounds, gained hands-on experience with hearing aid technology, and saw first-hand what it takes to build hearing aids at our Aurora Operations and Distribution Center (AODC).

Advanced Third-Year Program

New this year was an additional half-day experience with more intensive, hands-on learning for students further along in their educational experience (3rd years as well as 2nd years attending three-year programs).

With 20 students expected and 30 in attendance, this additional event was in high demand! It was the perfect opportunity to have more personal interactions with students and provide a curriculum tailored to the needs of students ready to kick off their professional careers.

“Loved it! Had an amazing educational opportunity while having fun!” —Phonak U grad

Looking Forward to 2019

Every year we find new ways to offer valuable opportunities for networking and education to students, and we will remain committed to this for years to come! So what can you expect from Phonak U 2019? Be on the lookout for a wider range of educational offerings including new partnerships and a completely new look and feel of Phonak U.

Stay tuned for more information on our dedicated Phonak U landing page coming soon on!