Dr. Stephanie Sjoblad, Audiologist, to Speak at the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults Workshop at end of June

Stephanie Sjoblad, Doctor of Audiology, Associate Professor and Clinic Director for the UNC-Hearing and Communication Center faculty practice for the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill has been invited to speak at the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults workshop on June 30, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Stephanie Sjoblad, Audiologist, to Speak at the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults Workshop at end of June click to enlarge Dr. Sjoblad working with a student and patient
Dr. Stephanie Sjoblad, Audiologist, to Speak at the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults Workshop at end of June click to enlarge Dr. Sjoblad working with a student and patient

Dr. Sjoblad will be one of several presenters discussing the access, affordability and coverage of hearing health care as well as legal reform. The study is sponsored in part by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the Food and Drug Administration and the Hearing Loss Association of America. 

As Clinic Director of the UNC-Hearing and Communication Center (UNC-HCC), Dr. Sjoblad has led the efforts to create an innovative itemized/unbundled model for hearing aids/hearing care service delivery. The UNC-HCC model offers clients transparency of fees which translates to lower upfront cost for consumers.  The success of the model is tied to utilization of evidence based practices as outlined by the American Academy of Audiology.  Both The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) have recognized the benefits of an itemized billing model and have endorsed the billing model over the traditional and longstanding bundled model.  Dr. Sjoblad will provide detailed insight into the affordability of hearing healthcare services and how the itemized model at the UNC-HCC combined with best practices leads to excellent treatment outcomes. She will also provide several direct recommendations for the committee to consider regarding improving affordability and accessibility of hearing health care.  

Dr. Stephanie Sjoblad grew up as one of three siblings with congenital hearing loss and has worn hearing aids since the age of six. She received a cochlear implant (CI) in Spring of 2009 and now enjoys bimodal hearing (CI on one ear and hearing aid on the other). Dr. Sjoblad has been a faculty member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences since August 1999 and holds the roles of Clinical Associate Professor and Clinic Director. Her primary responsibilities consist of directing the operations of the UNC Hearing and Communication Center clinic, providing direct clinical services while supervising graduate students in audiology and teaching graduate courses.  Dr. Sjoblad is Board Certified with the American Board of Audiology (ABA) and is a fellow in the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). She also maintains certification with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a licensed audiologist in the state of North Carolina.  Her community involvement includes eleven years of service on the Board of Directors for Beginnings for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc. and six years on the Board for the American Academy of Audiology –North Carolina (Past-President).