The ASHS Alumni Chapter Board has recently selected Dr. Sterkens as the recipient of the 2014 Humanitarian of the Year Award.
The Humanitarian of the Year Award recognizes ATSU-ASHS graduates who have demonstrated exceptional dedication, enthusiasm, and leadership through nonprofit organizations or other outstanding volunteer service. Their dedicated volunteer efforts advance the mission of the university, thereby positively impacting our communities and future generations of students.
Dr. Sterkens’ advocacy work at the state, national, and international levels has resulted in the installation of hearing loops in more than 200 public places. Hearing loops transfer sounds spoken directly into a nearby PA system’s microphone instead of relying on a hearing aid’s internal microphone, eliminating any background noise and giving individuals a clearer understanding of what is being said. She has spoken throughout the country and Europe, helping to transform assistive listening with this simple and affordable tool.