Jody Haymond ’67
Jo Ann Burdett Haymond (Jody) ’67 was born in Ogden, Utah as the only member of her family who had hearing. Her parents were graduates of and, subsequently, educators at the Utah School for the Deaf (USD). Her brother also graduated from USD and eventually became an internationally acclaimed educator for the Deaf. Jody received her BA in American Studies, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, and completed a two-year master’s program in Speech and Hearing at Washington University, St. Louis, with emphasis on education for the deaf. She taught Social Studies for two years at Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis before beginning their family. While they were with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, she accepted a position in the Mayo Audiology/ENT Department with their team, involved in FDA Trials with the first available cochlear implants,1981. She served as the” education specialist” on the team and did all the rehabilitation for those adult patients who received cochlear implants at Mayo Clinic until winter of 1990, the year cochlear implantation was approved for children. After their move to Jacksonville, Florida, she helped facilitate the beginning of a cochlear implant program for children, a joint program through Mayo Jacksonville in combination with Nemours Children’s Clinic, and served as Team Coordinator until their move to Houston in late 1996. In Houston, she was asked to create a comprehensive Cochlear Implant Program for children at Texas Children’s Hospital and served as Education Specialist and Coordinator of the Team for 10 years until fall of 2011.