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Division of Communication Disorders Alumni

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Division of Communication Disorders seeks to recognize and honor alumni who have excelled in outstanding contributions to their profession.  The recipient will be honored at the College of Health Sciences annual Distinguished Alumni reception. 

2014 Alumnus of the Year: Douglas P. Baldwin, AuD.

Dr. Baldwin earned his Bachelor’s of Science from Brigham Young University in 1991. In 1994, he earned his Master’s of Science in Audiology from the University of Wyoming in the then-titled Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology located over in Ross Hall.

Dr. Baldwin served as a clinical audiologist at a private practice, Rehder Hearing Clinic, and in a medical setting, Deaconess Clinic, in Billings, MT from 1994 to 2006. He had diverse responsibilities in those two settings, including diagnostic services across the lifespan, educational services for 11 Eastern Montana counties, and industrial hearing protection services. Dr. Baldwin developed and supervised the hospital universal newborn hearing screening program in Montana and guest lectured for the Rocky Mountain College physician’s assistant program. When the profession of audiology moved to a terminal doctoral degree, Dr. Baldwin went back to studying and earned his Doctorate in Audiology in 2003 from A.T. Still University in Arizona.

In 2006, Dr. Baldwin made a major career and life change, moving to Staefa, Switzerland, to become an audiology manager for Phonak which later merged with Unitron to become Sonova. I was interested to learn that the Unitron arm of this global company, which delivers hearing instruments in 70 countries around the world, was founded 50 years ago in Newfoundland, Canada. Dr. Baldwin manages projects in scientific marketing and audiology education. He prepares and executes training materials, contributes to product concepts and software applications, and conducts demonstrations and training around the world – in 46 countries to date, by his count.

In 1998, Dr. Baldwin received the Montana Speech & Hearing Association award, “Making a Difference” for laying the groundwork for the universal infant hearing screening program in that state. He authored an article on the Montana experience with classroom amplification in the Journal of Educational Audiology and, with co-authors, on how frequency compression expands perceptual bandwidth for hearing aid users in the Hearing Journal. Perhaps more impressive is Dr. Baldwin’s volunteer work with the Hear the World Foundation, a charitable organization that works toward sustainable improvements in hearing services for children and adults in under-developed countries. Recently, to help children with hearing impairment in Kenya, Dr. Baldwin obtained a donation of pediatric hearing aid fiting verification equipment, trained a Kenyan audiologist in use of the equipment, and rolled up his sleeves to help fit hearing aids for children from a special needs school in the capital, Nairobi.

Past Award Recipients

2013 Caron Mellblom-Nishioka, EdD., CCC

2012 Robert T. Rimac, PhD.

2010 Cindy Anderson

2009 Micky Routson

2008 DeAnne Owre

2007 Cathy Binger

2006 Jonathon Ross

2005 Catherine Ross


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