CORTLAND, N.Y. — A local business owner has received national recognition for her work in the field of audiology in the Cortland community.
Suzette Pace, owner of Cortland Hearing Aids, received the President's Award from American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA), a national network of audiology and hearing healthcare professionals. She received the award while attending the AHAA 2018 convention in Las Vegas.
Pace, a Cortland native, has been an audiologist for the past 17 years. Prior to that, she studied therapeutic recreation and served as an activities director at a nursing home.
"I knew I always wanted to work with older people," Pace said. Her interest in audiology only grew after shadowing an audiologist and taking college courses.
Pace, who opened her Cortland practice in 2002, has since opened two other clinics: Southern Tier Audiology Associates, in Elmira, and Tri-City, Hearing in Vestal.
"My vision was to have one successful practice in Cortland, the town that I grew up in," she said. "Things changed, the opportunities came, and I went for it."
Pace recently held a Healthy Living Symposium at the Port Watson Mini-Conference Center, which gave community members a chance to learn from healthcare providers in the Cortland area.
"Her willingness to take risks, develop her staff, and follow the AHAA roadmap are at the foundation of an immensely successful practice," AHAA said in a statement.