- BA: Speech and Hearing Sciences, 1996, University of Colorado
- MS: Audiology, 1998, University of Washington
- AuD: Audiology, 2006, AT Still University
How can the Academy best prepare and support members who will be faced with a variety of disruptions to traditional practice in the near future?
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In our changing audiology landscape, we can’t sit idly by and watch the changes happen around us while other interests push for changes that require less audiology and more big business. I’m all-in for grassroots, boot on the ground philosophy that may require me to work outside my comfort zone and outside my neighborhood to make sure that audiology is strong for the next generation of audiologists – and the next – and so on. It has to start somewhere. Let it be with me.
I was challenged during my experience at the Jerger Future Leaders in Audiology Conference (JFLAC) to put on the work gloves and step into a leadership role, first in my community, then nationally. I would love the opportunity to continue doing the hard things for the betterment of my profession at the national level. I also think it’s important to have a wide array of experiences represented on the Board. I hope my experience as a private practice owner gives me a unique opportunity to weigh in on the challenges and topics that are unique to the private practice space. If my peers see fit to elect me to the Board, I will add to the diverse perspectives of current and future Board members while also being a voice for those practicing on the front lines every day.
About Nichole Kingham, AuD
Dr. Nichole Kingham was awarded a master’s degree in audiology at the University of Washington and obtained her clinical doctorate from A.T. Still University. She was a member of the 2012 class of James Jerger Future Leaders in Audiology and is the past president of Washington State Audiology Academy. Dr. Kingham has worked in private practice since 2003, where she hired the first Audiology Assistant in Washington State and has trained and promoted audiology assistants since 2009. She currently works with Practice Development Groups to help implement an audiology assistant or technician into private practice audiology and medical ear, nose and throat clinics.
Dr. Kingham’s mission is to empower the small business owner by providing resources to help engage today’s savvy consumer. Through experience, trial and error, research and mentorship, she has developed key insights for delivering exceptional patient experiences. She wants to share what she’s learned so that the audiology private practice doesn’t become a thing of the past.
Dr. Kingham has a passion for practice development, protocol development, efficiency improvement, marketing strategies and staff training. She has developed an audiology assistant training program that is utilized in many clinics around the United States and loves to speak about practice growth strategies and how to successfully incorporate audiology assistants into a busy practice.