email: firstname.lastname@example.org 941-320-6167 Promoting Hearing Loss Awareness:
The AuDBling Story
by Noël Crosby, Au.D.
An Idea is Born
As I was window shopping one day, a jewelry display caught my eye. I went a little closer and was delighted at what I saw. The sterling silver and shell jewelry in the window had a very distinctive…and familiar…characteristic.
“That’s cochlea jewelry!” I exclaimed to no one in particular. I had never seen such a beautiful combination of sterling silver and shell that, to me, symbolized audiology, a profession I love dearly.
And then it hit me! This unique jewelry, with its natural shape of the human ear’s cochlea, was the perfect symbol to promote hearing loss awareness and encourage dialogue about its treatment. Audiologists could embrace it as a symbol of the profession we love and our patients could adopt it as a symbol of their first step to accepting their own unique hearing loss!
I decided right then and there that I had to find a way to introduce this beautiful “cochlea” jewelry to the audiology and hearing impaired communities.
I contacted the artisans, became a distributor and introduced it at the annual Florida Academy of Audiology meeting. The response was overwhelming and AudBling was born!
AuDBling jewelry is the perfect gift for anyone! Not only is it beautiful and fun to wear, but it is also a natural “conversation starter” and can lead to an open discussion about hearing loss and the benefits of treatment…a discussion that is important not only to audiologists and their current patients, but to those who are living with untreated hearing loss. My hope is that “cochlea jewelry” will one day become a symbol, much like the pink ribbon is to breast cancer awareness, of the importance of receiving treatment for hearing loss.
Additionally, AuDBling will offer a wide variety of cochlea-themed gifts, including shirts and tees for men and women, ties, purses and more.
AuDBling and the Chinese Fortune Cookie
I have discovered over the months since I launched AudBling that new ideas for my business often come to me unexpectedly. Recently, after lunching with my Audiologist girlfriends, Lesley and Susan at my favorite Chinese restaurant, we picked up our complimentary fortune cookies. When my friend opened hers and unrolled the tiny slip of paper it read, “Hear with your ears…Listen with your heart.” My mouth dropped, my heart nearly stopped, and a new symbol for AudBling was born! This is the saying that I will now be using to create hearing loss awareness!! I have been waiting for this and here it was!! From there, I sketched out my design and then had the assistance of Patty Toombs, my husband ,Michael, my sister Melissa and friends Renee and Sharon giving me valuable input to come up with the final result!! You are going to love it.. It symbolizes the heart part of hearing. Jewelry and gifts incorporating AudBling’s new slogan will be available soon.
Calling All Artists!
If you are an artist and make any jewelry or other audiology related art, please ask me how you can use this website to sell your products.
If you would like to receive announcements of our new products and special promotions, please email me at AuDBling@gmail.com to let me know. As a way of saying “thank you” I will send you a “discount code” that will allow you to receive 5% off your order