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Hello! My name is Sarah Haysley. I am currently an uprising 3rd year Eminence Fellow and Stamps Scholar studying Speech and Hearing Sciences with minors in Spanish and American Sign Language. While originally from Denver, Colorado, I am thankful to have found a home at The Ohio State University with its vibrant community and hunger for learning.

Initially, I discovered Speech and Hearing Sciences through my interaction with the Deaf community and my love for American Sign Language. These interests led me to a 6 week internship with Denver Hearing Specialists in my senior year of high school. There,  I learned from three audiologists and a AuD graduate student about clinical work and vestibular testing. I also shadowed audiologists at community health fairs and audiologists specializing in cochlear implants. In other words, I got a little taste of everything in audiology and I LOVED every minute of it.

To this day, I am intentionally seeking out every opportunity to learn more because I find aural rehabilitation to be endlessly fascinating. Lucky for me, its a growing field that recognizes that there is still so much more to discover within aural anatomy and the latest technology. I cannot wait to be a part of these discoveries to improve language and hearing restoration as well as erase the controversies and stigmas surrounding hearing loss.

Delight Leadership in Downtown Columbus

My values of community and service led me to Delight Ministries and to Cultivate Columbus. My empathetic and efficient communication allowed me to be the first contact as the Fellowship Leader for women joining Delight Ministries. My work helped Delight, an on-campus group of women seeking Christ-centered community, to grow from 30 members to 100+ members this semester. I was in charge of organizing small groups and facilitating communication between these groups. At Cultivate Columbus, an organization connecting OSU students with local groups striving to promote sustainability, nourishment, and food security to the community, I contributed to a Columbus City Schools project that was utilized by over 60 schools and 7,000 teachers schools to educate students on different careers in sustainability. I am currently helping to find donations for our developing gardens.

Using my rich knowledge and high-level experiences driven by this unending curiosity, I am in the process of compiling two resource books specific to Ohio facilities and policies regarding hearing support. This summer I will be working for Special Olympics Ohio to coordinate health and COVID guidelines and coach certifications and presentations for the athletic events. Then, in August, I will begin as a research assistant with the BabyTalk Project in the Otolaryngology Department of the College of Medicine at OSU.

Be sure to read my Year in Review for more of my story.

Year in Review AU 20 – SP 21

This has certainly been a semester like no other. With most classes online and asynchronous, my productivity and schedule were truly placed on my own merit and determination. I’ll be the first to admit that this semester was hard and not all what I expected. Yet it led to the most growth and character shaping I have ever experienced and witnessed at Ohio State. It was full of so many firsts.

My first asynchronous classes gave me the chance to create my own schedule and the flexibility to start a passion project. I have spent the last semester outlining an audiology resource book focused on Ohio. The inspiration for this resource also came from the flexibility of this semester. I found myself trying to find new, “hidden gem” places to study in order to safely socially distance. My first time exploring the city around me allowed me to learn local features of Ohio. My research combined with my Ohio History class this semester has left me feeling like a local despite my Colorado roots. In fact, many of my friends–native to Ohio–refer to me as their tour guide when we head into the city. Some of my new favorite spots are the Ohio Public Library (main branch), the garden in the architecture building (Knowlton Hall) on campus, the Dairy Food Hall, and…. Well actually, I can’t give all my good spots away or they’ll get more crowded. You’ll just have to ask me for a tour!

Last semester was my first semester as a Delight Leader. Delight Ministries is an on-campus group of women seeking Christ-centered community. As the Community Service Leader, my job was to coordinate service for our Delight chapter at OSU and in the Columbus community. This Spring, I moved to Fellowship Leader because we needed someone to commit more time to virtual communication and outreach. I had the time with my flexible schedule and my role shifted. When a girl asked to be added to our group chat, my job was to personally reach out and welcome her and answer any and all questions. As a people and community-oriented person, I adore this role! I love the stories that girls shared about faith and seeking friends and what brought them to OSU. My own stories encourage women to persevere in college and seek out community. I am thankful for the virtual platforms that allow me to meet and interact with 100+ women in the midst of social and physical isolation. As I plugged girls into small groups, I was reminded that this is exactly what brought me to OSU—incredible community. I’m biased but I believe Delight represents one of the best examples of that at OSU.

Looking forward, my first virtual job fair and my first virtual job interview from this semester has led me to a position at Special Olympics Ohio which will start in May. I am excited to be coordinating health and COVID guidelines, coach certifications and presentations and more for the athletic events. This semester also led to my first research position which will begin in August with the BabyTalk Project in the Otolaryngology Department of the College of Medicine. This research will bring me back to my roots in Cochlear Implants—the topic that first introduced me to audiology.

Arguably the hardest and most shaping first was my first time living alone. I grew up with three siblings so its safe to say I’m used to a loud, bustling, social environment. Beyond that, I am an extrovert and a community-oriented person. I actively seek as much social time with others as possible. This is a confusing personality trait to have in the midst of pandemic where isolation is often necessary. Toss in the wildcard of living alone and you’ve got a strange, scary situation for this extrovert. However, I’ve learned a lot about independence, communication, encouragement, productivity and perseverance. I have even picked up a few new hobbies along the way. Even more so, I have learned that community is something we intentionally create, not just something that easily exists. I am thankful for the new perspectives, opportunities and firsts that this year has brought.

Year in Review

We cannot deny that 2020 has been an incredibly challenging and surprising year for all. My plan for the Summer of 2020 was to study abroad in Barcelona. I was accepted, deposit paid, small research project planned, just counting down the days. Then, COVID-19 disrupted the world and travel abroad was cancelled. In fact, even my trip back to OSU was cancelled. My one week spring break turned into a two week trip home and then was extended to a 5 month stay in Colorado without a goodbye to OSU.

But this did not deter my drive or my curiosity. The day that OSU study abroad was cancelled I emailed 30+ audiologists within 45 minutes of my hometown. Any local audiology contact information I found, I utilized. Out of curiosity, I asked how they were handling the pandemic and how they were still providing care to their patients. Some responded and I learned a lot about the different approaches and laws that different counties were facing. This opportunity allowed me to also connect to several different practices and discuss current events. One conversation in particular actually led to an internship!

Dr. Dusty Jessen AuD and I at Columbine Hearing Care

This past Summer I interned with Columbine Hearing Care, a private practice in Littleton, Colorado. My responsibilities consisted of technology inquiries, patient outreach and relations and office organization. I utilized the CounselEar system to schedule patients and log stock and loaner hearing aids and accessories. I also transferred patient data from NOAH to CounselEar. These programs are used by audiologists across the country.  I replaced receivers and sorted hearing aid parts. Interaction with hearing aid providers to troubleshoot technology and order and assign demo stock allowed me to learn the parts of audiology that require innovation, advocating and patience.

The most rewarding part of the internship was calling patients to survey aural rehabilitation needs, answer questions and update medical information. I loved hearing patient testimonials about my preceptor and what a private practice offered them. Patients would ask questions that I could already directly apply my coursework to. When there were questions I couldn’t answer, I practiced customer service, researched and referred to the audiologist’s expertise. Most importantly, I witnessed and got to be a part of how a private practice handles a pandemic and works hard to still reach and provide care to patients. 

G.O.A.L.S.

GLOBAL AWARENESS:

  • I hope to do a semester abroad during my Bachelor’s education. I would love to initially start in Barcelona conducting Aural research. I hope to understand more about the ways insurance and aural therapy interact in different countries and how that affects a patient’s recovery. Some other countries of interest are Canada and Italy. Canada would be very interesting because of its’ healthcare plan.
  • I am also pursuing a Spanish Minor and an American Sign Language Minor.

ORIGINAL INQUIRY:

  • I want to research how different practices and nations approach various controversies (bundled/unbundled care, over-the-counter hearing aids, cochlear implants, etc) in aural rehabilitation. With this understanding and comparison of data, there can be a better understanding of the exact effect of one side or the other within these controversies.

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT:

  • I am very excited to be a part of the Honors Program at The Ohio State University. I fully intend to dive into all of my classes and put in the work outside of class.

  • Currently I am taking Spanish and American Sign Language to expand my cultural and linguistic knowledge.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT:

  • My leadership style is working to create a strong team and group dynamic. I strive to learn the strengths and passions of each member of the team. Then I find ways to work each strength and passion together. This best encourages individual and group growth.

SERVICE ENGAGEMENT:

  • I am fortunate to be a part of the Eminence class of 2023. As part of this class, I and 25 other students get to come up with a service project and then develop that service project together in our four years here. The goal is to create a self-sustaining nonprofit that gives back in some way here in Columbus or beyond. I am very excited about this opportunity. While it is my personal passion to address mental health, many other students have proposed incredible ideas such as addressing language barriers and border barriers. For now we are in the initial brainstorming stages but I cannot wait to fully take advantage of this opportunity to give back to address an issue in a new way with measurable progress.