media release

Winner Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology 2015


Staefa, Switzerland, March 10, 2015

The Hear the World Foundation is pleased to announce its annual Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology has been awarded to Lauren Charles, a fourth-year AuD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will complete the Judith Gravel Fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology at UNC Chapel Hill. The fellowship was created by the Hear the World Foundation in 2010 and is named in honor of the late Judy Gravel who passed away in 2008.

Originally from Brentwood, Tennessee, Lauren completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She also has had hearing loss since early childhood and is a bilateral hearing aid user. “Dr. Judith Gravel was a renowned clinician whose contributions to pediatric audiology had a worldwide impact. I am excited for the opportunity to spend my fourth year at UNC where I will enhance my knowledge and skill in the management of infants and young children with hearing loss,” said Lauren. ”It is an honor to be mentored by dedicated clinicians who were themselves inspired by Dr. Gravel as I strengthen my foundation to begin my career as a pediatric audiologist.”

About the Fellowship

The Gravel Fellowship is awarded each year to a fourth-year Doctor of Audiology (AuD) student whose externship is completed at UNC Hospitals with a focus on audiological management of infants and young children with hearing loss. 

“Dr. Gravel was internationally renowned for her expertise in pediatric audiology and for her many contributions to clinical research and professional service. She is also remembered for her dedication to the advancement of educational opportunities for students and clinicians,” said Professor Richard Seewald, a member of the Advisory Board for the Hear the World Foundation; “the Foundation carries on her mission with this fellowship.”