Peggy Ellertsen completed training as a speech pathologist in the graduate program at Northeastern University in 1970. She earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech/language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 1971 and a Certificate of Advanced Study in reading and human development from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 1979. Ms. Ellertsen has worked as a speech/language pathologist and reading and language specialist in clinic, public school and private practice settings for more than 30 years.
In 2003, with the progression of her own sensorineural hearing loss, Ms. Ellertsen began to expand her professional focus to include aural rehabilitation for adults with acquired hearing loss and has studied best practices in aural rehabilitation through membership in ASHA’s Special Interest Group for Aural Rehabilitation and Its Implementation and The Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology (ARA.) In 2013, her paper on the implementation of aural rehabilitation in hearing loss treatment was published in the Journal of the Academy of Rehabilitation Audiology, and she presented a program, The Use of Patient Stories in Hearing Loss Treatment to the ARA’s 2012 Institute. Ms. Ellertsen is a certified peer mentor for hearing loss through the certificate program at Gallaudet University.
Ms. Ellertsen continues to maintain a small private practice, consulting to persons with hearing loss around active management of communication. As a member of the HLAA Boston Chapter, she has coordinated the chapter’s Speaker and Workshop Series and its outreach initiative to audiology practices throughout Massachusetts. She developed the chapter website as an information station where people with hearing loss and their families can find resources and information about evidence-based practices in hearing loss management.
Ms. Ellertsen was elected to the HLAA Board of Trustees in January 2015.