Holly L. Burrows, AuD, Board Certified in Audiology
Chief of Audiology, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
BA: Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland, 1996
MA: Audiology, University of Maryland, 1998
AuD: Audiology, University of Florida, 2004
We are fortunate to be members of a growing, robust profession, poised to make greater and greater positive impacts on the lives of persons living with hearing and vestibular diseases. It is incumbent on the audiology community, now more than ever, to serve as stewards of our profession. Standardization of training and maintenance of qualifications for AuDs will maintain the legitimacy and validity of our profession in the current medical-legal environment, while more importantly ensuring that our patients will always receive the same state-of-the-art care.
Audiology is a technology driven specialty. We must continue to embrace advances in technology as they apply to advances in treatment. This requires improving research and clinical collaboration between PhD and AuD scientists and clinicians, which will ensure a steady stream of clinically relevant advances to help our patients’ needs.
Finally, we need to improve access to audiological care for all patients. This includes work with advocacy groups, as well as local, state, and national government agencies, in addition to advancing new, novel access paradigms such as telemedicine.
I believe that focusing on the three measures stated above will help to advance the profession of audiology and improve the care we bring to patients.
Areas of Special Interest
- Researching and developing evaluation and management strategies and protocols for complex vestibular pathology
- Promoting better research collaboration between AuD and PhD audiologists to maximize technical advances and clinical outcomes
- Improving and standardizing AuD training across university training programs to ensure that all audiologists have met a minimum standard of competency as agreed upon by our Academy
Civilian Service Achievement Medal, 2011.
Adjunct Professor, Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland, 2007; Joint Veterans and Department of Defense Audiology Conference Coordinator, 2009; Military Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation Course, Co-Director and Instructor, 2010–2012, 2014; Defense Center of Excellence, Vestibular Disturbances Following Traumatic Brain Injury Consensus Meeting Panel Member, 2011; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Residency Coordinator, Audiology Curriculum, Otolaryngology Residency, 2011–Present, Chief, Audiology, 2011–Present; Vestibular Clinical Practice Guidelines, Veterans Affairs Audiology and Speech Pathology Field Advisory Counsel, 2012–2013; Audiology Consultant to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 2013; American Academy of Audiology, AudiologyNOW! Clinical, Research, and Teaching Committee, 2013; Walter Reed Army Audiology 70th Anniversary Workshop Steering Committee, 2013; Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDRMP) Hearing and Balance Steering Committee, 2013–2014; Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt training, 2014.