Abstract Details

<< Back to Schedule

10/14/2017  |   11:15 AM - 12:15 PM   |  West Ballroom at Shalala Student Services Building

No Borders: Advancing Skills and Developing Resources in Global Pediatric Audiology

The Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss helps build capacity to support babies and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing by providing training to locally-based professionals in hearing healthcare and early education. The same participants engage in the Global Foundation training programs over time to develop their skills and knowledge. The participants not only are trained to support young patients themselves, but are prepared to train other professionals and families in their country to make the benefits exponential. In Vietnam, the Global Foundation’s in-country efforts have brought together Vietnamese professionals representing different disciplines. Lasting relationships have formed between Vietnamese professionals working with young children with hearing loss and there exists a stronger cross-functional support network than when the program started. This professional network has enabled the Vietnamese to collaborate more effectively in the care of children with hearing loss and their families. Working together with their new knowledge, the Vietnamese have taken initiative to enhance services for hearing health care and early education in their country. In-country training is an effective way to reach large numbers of people, raise awareness, build relationships, and encourage systematic changes. Select audiology technicians can then continue to be mentored from afar to aid in their continued professional development. In this age of technology, mentorship is an effective tool to hone skills and continue to build knowledge. The presenters will discuss how in-country training and distance mentorship can work together to build expertise in pediatric audiology in low and middle income countries. Additionally, the presenters will describe how different means of collaboration and partnership can lend to the development of new tools and resources in pediatric audiology to support children with hearing loss and their families. They will describe how such interactions have two-way benefit.

  • Learn how a combination of in-country training and distance mentorship can be an effective model for building expertise of professionals in hearing health care globally
  • Gain insight to how international partnerships can be developed to enhance the field of pediatric audiology in low resource areas
  • Learn about the Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss and its unique model of work in low and middle-income countries

This presentation has not yet been uploaded.

No handouts have been uploaded.

Paige Stringer (POC,Primary Presenter), Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss,;
Paige Stringer is the Executive Director and Founder of the Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss. Born with a profound hearing loss, Ms. Stringer benefited from early intervention services when she was young. She started the Global Foundation in 2009 to help young children with hearing loss in low-resource countries access the early identification, hearing technology, and locally-based trained professionals they need to learn to achieve their full potential. Previously, Ms. Stringer held marketing and business development positions at and The Clorox Company. She also served as Director of Development and Communications for Listen and Talk, an early intervention program for children with hearing loss in Seattle. She served on the board of directors of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health from 2014-2016. Since 2015, she has served on two hearing health committees at the World Health Organization in Geneva. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington and her Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Stringer was honored with the 2014 Humanitarian Award by the American Academy of Audiology and the 2009 Oticon Focus on People Award.


Financial - No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


Financial - No relevant financial relationship exists.

Julie Verhoff (Co-Presenter), Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital,;
Dr. Verhoff is a pediatric cochlear implant audiologist and currently the Director of Pediatric Audiology at the Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. She holds a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Family Studies from the University of New Mexico, a Doctorate of Audiology from The University of Texas at Dallas, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Audiology from Gallaudet University. Her volunteer positions include Co-chair, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instruments Cochlear Implant Committee; Vice-President, Educational Audiology Association Professional Development Committee; Board Member, National Association for Hearing and Speech Action; and Board Member, American Speech Language Hearing Association Continuing Education Board. Dr. Verhoff’s humanitarian efforts have served children in Vietnam with the Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss and also in Mozambique, South Africa, and the Dominican Republic. She has worked as a research audiologist for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement at Gallaudet University and the Communication Neuroscience laboratory at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, California. She has also served as adjunct professor at the University of Maryland-College Park, George Washington University, and Gallaudet University and continues to mentor graduate students from various Au.D. programs around the country. Her current research focuses on speech perception of young children with hearing loss and her clinical interests include pediatric diagnostic assessment, hearing aid and cochlear implant programming, and outcome measures.

Financial - Receives Other financial benefit for Teaching and speaking from GFCWL.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


Financial - Receives support from Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss.