Phonak SpotlightKelly Wassell

Meet: Kelly Wassell, Director of Marketing—Lyric

Education: M.S., Speech and Hearing, from Washington University/CID; B.S., Habilitation of the Deaf, from Texas Christian University

Joined Phonak: November 1998

Why did you choose your field of study?

Kelly Wassell: During my studies in deaf education, I was intrigued by hearing sciences and how hearing contributed to so much in a child’s life. When applying for graduate programs, I wanted to be part of the field to see when we could find a cure for hearing loss.

We may not have yet cured hearing loss, but the technology has progressed so much that avenues to hearing are open to more people. You never know what is on the horizon.

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

Wassell: I enjoy working with a team that is dedicated to providing hearing in such a unique, natural way. As the only 100 percent invisible hearing aid, Lyric offers people the beauty of sound even if they’re not ready for everyone to know they’re wearing hearing aids.

What advice do you have for other audiologists?

Wassell: Be open to change. As we know more scientifically, how we deliver hearing health may change. There are a lot of avenues to make a difference—from diagnostics to rehabilitation, from pediatrics to seniors. There is room for all sorts of professionals, and as long as we are keeping the best interests of the patients in mind, then we are doing our job.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Wassell: I adore travel — going to places and cultures that are different than my own. Having worked in headquarters for five years, I was afforded many opportunities to do that.

My favorite places also have to include some sort of activity. My two standout activities were horseback riding in Mongolia and kayaking in the fjords of Norway. The world and its people are beautiful, and I am very lucky to have been able to see part of it.

Closer to home, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends—especially my godchildren.

What is your favorite sound?

Wassell: I will listen to children laughing any time. Take a group of 4-year-olds who have gotten the giggles about something, and there is nothing better.

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

Wassell: Some people may know, but my dream job would have been to be a character on Sesame Street. I love children’s educational TV, and their ability to make a difference with a puppet and a song makes me happy.