Colorado audiologist cited for leadership in hearing conservation

NEW ORLEANS–The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has presented the Michael Beall Threadgill Award to Laurie Wells, AuD, manager of audiology for Associates in Acoustics, Inc., in Westminster, CO.

The award was presented during NHCA’s 2012 conference held two weeks ago in New Orleans. Given annually since 1985, the Threadgill Award recognizes an individual whose committed leadership and insight has furthered the association’s mission of preventing hearing loss from environmental factors.

Wells has long been a strong proponent of hearing conservation, both within and beyond the NHCA. She has represented the American Academy of Audiology on the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) since 2007, and is currently vice-chair of education for CAOHC.

She has provided occupational audiology services to local employers while employed at the University of Northern Colorado Speech-Pathology and Audiology Clinic. She has also gone overseas to advance the cause of hearing conservation education and implementation in Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, and Spain.

Wells has held several executive positions with NHCA, including the presidency. Last year, NHCA recognized her as the Outstanding Lecturer at its 2011 conference.