2008 Academy Honors Recipients

2008 Academy Honors Recipients


The Academy is pleased to present the Distinguished Achievement Award to five very deserving individuals. These individuals have had an impact on the profession through their teaching, clinical service, and/or research contribution.

Kristina English, PhD
Dr. Kristina English holds a unique and influential role in shaping and improving the practice of clinical audiology. She is one of a small handful of professionals who have shifted our focus from the audiogram to the patient, and has brought to our attention the counseling needs of individuals with hearing loss and the parents of young patients with hearing loss. By focusing attention on the communication deficit as a whole, and the affect it has on an individual’s meaningful relationships with family and friends, Dr. English has literally changed the way audiologists think.

Dr. English received a BA degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and an MA degree in Communication Disorders from San Diego State University. She received her PhD degree in Education/Special Education from San Diego State University/Claremont Graduate University. Dr. English is currently Associate Professor, University of Akron, School of Speech-Pathology and Audiology.

Because of her innovative clinical practice, scholarship, and education of current and future audiologists, Dr. English has helped us develop a more humanistic approach to service delivery. Dr. English has shared her perspective on audiologic care by writing five well-respected books on counseling. One in particular, which was co-written with John Greer Clark, was a truly pioneering effort in the area of counseling and is perhaps the most coherent textbook on the topic for audiologists. She has also written multiple book chapters and articles. These many publications have guided experienced audiologists across the globe in providing more effective counseling to patients.

Dr. English has earned a national reputation as an effective, entertaining, and extremely knowledgeable instructor during her 20 years of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is also well known and highly sought after as a speaker, indicated by the fact that Dr. English has given numerous professional refereed and invited presentations, seminars, workshops, and keynote addresses across the country. Dr. English is known and respected for her ability to instruct students and audiologists in a manner that has a lasting impact, while challenging students and colleagues alike to engage in self-examination, and learn and grow in new directions.

Dr. English organized the first Audiology Teaching Conference, which is now a biennial event. When she served as the Clinical Coordinator for AuD externs while on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. English developed and implemented a system to facilitate all aspects of the extern experience. In this way, and in many others, Dr. English has been at the forefront of developing and sharing guidelines and solutions to the many of the challenging issues faced by AuD programs. In addition to her exemplary scholarship and clinical teaching skills, Dr. English also serves on the Academy Board of Directors and continues to participate in shaping the field by her presence on numerous task forces and committees.

Judy Gravel, PhD
Dr. Judith Gravel is one of the world’s preeminent pediatric audiologists. She has made wide-encompassing contributions in research, education and hearing health care policy that have major impact on the lives of children with hearing loss and their families. Dr. Gravel received a BA degree in Communication Disorders and an MA degree in Audiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her PhD degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Gravel is the Director of the Center for Childhood Communication, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Gravel has an active research career, with her projects being funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and the State of New York. She has conducted research and published findings on a variety of topics related to pediatric audiology, with her most prominent contributions being in the areas of otitis media and newborn hearing screening. Because of her expertise in newborn hearing screening, she has helped several states and agencies in the United States with their hearing screening programs and has advised numerous other national agencies including those in the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Canada. Similarly, her expertise is sought in the area of otitis media. She has served on editorial boards of four journals and serves as a peer reviewer for more than a dozen others.

Dr. Gravel is an outstanding communicator and is a sought-after international speaker. She has presented hundreds of keynote addresses, symposia and invited presentations. Her colleagues note that her presentations are engaging, thought-provoking and clinically relevant. She has educated countless audiologists, hearing scientists, physicians and other professionals around the world through her presentations. One of her collaborators notes that she is held in high esteem by both clinicians and scientists, which brings a stronger scientific base to the practice of clinical audiology.

As stated in her nomination, what sets Dr. Gravel apart from other researchers is her collaborative nature, consensus-building abilities and vision. Dr. Gravel works on projects that address critical issues, bringing together professionals from a variety of disciplines on order to provide the ultimate services to children and their families. A prime example is that she has been an appointed member of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing since 1999. Moreover, she served as chair of the committee from March 2003 through March 2005 and was one of the primary editors of the 2007 guidelines. Dr. Gravel has served the National Institutes of Health on grant review panels and has been on working groups for agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. In addition, she has served on numerous advisory boards for prestigious conferences and institutions. Her monumental achievements are surpassed only by her warmth, sense of humor, honesty and personal integrity. Dr. Gravel’s scholarship and leadership in pediatric hearing health is richly deserving of the American Academy of Audiology Distinguished Achievement Award.

Roger Ruth, PhD
Dr. Roger Ruth is a highly respected internationally recognized audiologist with remarkable clinical, research, and teaching accomplishments. He has had significant impact on generations of students and fellows, as well as otolaryngology residents. Dr. Ruth has chaired 25 doctoral dissertations, the majority since joining James Madison University in 2000. His dedication to his students is outstanding. Dr. Ruth’s ability to present complex information that facilitates greater understanding by students and peers alike is a testament to his skill as a gifted teacher and clinician. He has shared generously his knowledge nationally and internationally and continues to do so.

Dr. Ruth received a BA degree in Speech and Hearing Science, an MA degree in Audiology, and a PhD degree in Audiology from the Ohio State University. He is Director of the Division of Communication & Balance and Professor of Otolaryngology and Human Services at the University of Virginia. Dr. Ruth also is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Ruth has produced influential and pioneering articles in the areas of stapedial reflex dynamics, auditory brainstem response, intraoperative neurophysiology, electrocochleography, cochlear implants, and tinnitus. His work in electrocochleography has impacted the methods used to conduct this examination in audiology clinics throughout the nation and world.

In addition to his clinical, teaching, and research contributions, Dr. Ruth has served as an ad hoc reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration. He has served on countless committees as a subject matter expert for the professions of Audiology and Otolaryngology. This service to the profession has been contributed over and above his clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities.

Dr. Ruth is one of the longest-serving audiology directors in a university medical center in the United States. He is well respected and well liked by his professional colleagues. It has been said that Dr. Ruth could be thought of as an “Ambassador of Audiology”, because he is a wonderful role model. He is passionate about Audiology and its future, and he is held in highest regard by his students. Among his many accomplishments, Dr Ruth is a founding member of the American Academy of Audiology.

Jon K. Shallop, PhD
Jon K. Shallop, PhD personifies what the Academy’s Distinguished Achievement Award signifies. Dr Shallop’s range of expertise varies considerably. His impact on the field of audiology is evidenced by his many publications, papers and invited presentations. Presently Dr. Shallop is a Staff Consultant in the Department of Otolaryngology with Faculty Privileges and is a Professor of Otolaryngology at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr Shallop’s research interests include cochlear implants, neural response telemetry, averaged electrical stapedius reflex and bimodal speech processing (hearing aid and cochlear implant).

Dr. Shallop obtained his BS in Chemistry and Physics at Edinboro State College, his MA from Kent State University in both Speech Pathology and Audiology and his PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Experimental Psychology from Ohio State University. Among the positions he has held are; Assistant, Associate and full Professor at Ohio University, Clinical Research Associate at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, UK, Professor of Audiology at the University of Northern Colorado, Executive Director at the Denver Ear Institute, and Audiology Consultant for Cochlear Corporation among others.

He is a researcher, clinician and educator of the highest caliber. While his primary focus for the past few years had been in cochlear implants, he certainly is not a single area person. His publications, lectures and teachings have covered the gamut in the science of audition. One can find publications in acoustic reflex, temporary threshold shift, evoked responses, cochlear implants, electric response audiometry, hearing loss in neonates, surgical monitoring, and so on. He was awarded Ear and Hearing Editor’s Award for Manuscript of the Year. He has co-authored three books and has written 19 chapters in other texts. The list of invited presentations is equally impressive; he has traveled throughout the world giving presentations, again covering a myriad of subject matter.

Dr. Shallop is highly regarded for his teaching prowess. Dr. Shallop has been Visiting Professor at Oregon College of Education, Howard University, Western Washington University, Butler University, Ohio State University and Purdue University. His vita reveals a total of 23 individuals who he has mentored, producing significant research with each of them.

Here are several excerpts from letters of recommendation: “…you have to be impressed at the huge impact he has made through his work and publications.” “… a person of the highest integrity.” “… after talking with Jon, I always am excited about new ways to think about many concepts.” “Key … is his uncanny skill to develop new techniques useful in the [clinic]…” Dr. Shallop was elected Fellow in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is an Honorary Member of the Otorhinolaryngological Society of Columbia University.

Finally, he finds time in his busy schedule to serve on the Board of Directors for the Chorale Arts Ensemble of Rochester.

Robert Sweetow, PhD
Dr. Robert Sweetow is a gifted clinician, teacher, and researcher. Dr. Sweetow has provided personal care for many patients with hearing loss, and he has helped countless other audiologists to improve their care for people with hearing loss by his teaching and research. Audiologists around the world recognize the many contributions made by Dr. Sweetow in the areas of aural rehabilitation, hearing aids, tinnitus, counseling, and forensics.

Dr. Sweetow received a BS degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Iowa, an MA degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Southern California, and a PhD degree in Audiology from Northwestern University. Dr Sweetow is Director of Audiology and Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

Dr. Sweetow has been an educator in the clinic his entire career and s audiology education has changed, he has embraced the changes. One example is the exemplary 4th-year clinical externship he created at the UCSF Medical Center. He also has a passion to provide continuing education for practicing audiologists. His biannual audiology conferences have provided outstanding education for audiologists.

Dr. Sweetow’s passion to provide the best care for individuals with hearing loss motivated him to develop LACE, Listening and Communication Enhancement. LACE, an evidenced-based self-paced program, has become known around the world. He is truly a pioneer in implementing an effective and affordable rehabilitative program for people with hearing loss. Dr. Sweetow has improved hearing aid fitting with LACE’s easily accessible patient education. LACE is a wonderful example of Dr. Sweetow’s commitment to education, research, and clinical program development.

Dr. Sweetow has continued to investigate how best to provide audiologic assessment and treatment. He recently proposed an assessment model that focuses on patient function along with audiometric results, called the Functional Communication Assessment. He has proposed a comprehensive treatment program that includes patient education, auditory training, and amplification and assistive technologies with patient support with workshops and counseling.

Dr. Sweetow also has provided outstanding service to the Academy. He is known as a critical listener and contributor, and while serving on the Board of Directors, he helped to develop the Marketing and Public Relations Committee. He has participated in the scientific programs of every annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology.

Dr. Sweetow is among our most notable audiologists and is recognized around the world for his innovative contributions to Audiology.


This award honors an individual who has had a distinguished career in the field of audiology. The recipient must not only be a productive researcher but must have made significant contributions to the practice and/or teaching of audiology as well.

Larry E. Humes, PhD
The career of Larry Humes has shown a consistent dedication to research that is of the highest caliber and is reflective of the research commitment demonstrated by Dr. Jerger. Beginning with an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a Master’s degree from Central Michigan, Dr. Humes completed his PhD at Northwestern University in 1979. After spending 8 years at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Humes went to Indiana University and has remained there until today. To say that Dr. Humes has been prolific in publishing important articles in audiology would be an understatement. He has published over 140 journal articles, chapters, book, and reviews and given over 200 presentations throughout the world. The high quality of his research has been recognized and supported by external funding agencies, with over 24 research grants. He was the recipient of an NIH Research Career Development Award from 1984-1989 and has been the Principal Investigator on an individual investigator award from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institute of Health since 1990.

The areas of research that have occupied Dr. Humes can be described as broad and clinically relevant. Those most important include susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss, psychoacoustic abilities of hearing-impaired listeners, innovations in hearing aid fitting, hearing disabilities of the elderly, and modeling hearing aid fitting outcomes. An example of his thorough approach is evident in his work with the elderly, where he has carefully partialed out the contributions of sensory impairment, processing limitations of the central auditory nervous system, and cognitive decline to derive a comprehensive explanation of the older listener’s speech understanding problems in everyday listening situations.

In addition to his own research efforts, Dr. Humes has mentored many graduate students during his years at Indiana University, who describe his efforts as a research advisor as tireless and his assistance unequaled. Others have also recognized Dr. Humes’ work, as he has received two Editor’s Award (JSHR and AJA), numerous awards from professional associations, and visiting professorships. In addition, he has served as a consultant to major government funding agencies such as the NIH and the Veterans Administration, as well as an editorial consultant to all of the major audiology journals.

For nearly 30 years Dr. Humes has consistently contributed to the body of literature in Audiology with important publications and presentations. His accomplishments have been carried out in his typical quiet and humble manner and should be a role model for all aspiring Audiology researchers.


An individual who has made a direct humanitarian contribution to society in the realm of hearing is honored with the Humanitarian Award. Recipients must demonstrate direct and outstanding service to humanity in ways that are related to hearing, hearing disability, or deafness.

Howard Weinstein, MBA
Though Howard Weinstein is not an Audiologist, he has spent many years seeking to serve the disenfranchised and hearing impaired people in developing countries through creative “social entrepreneurship”. When looking at Mr. Weinstein’s resume listing an educational background of Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA with honors in International Business, and vast business experience as an owner of two international plumbing distributorships in Canada, one would be hard pressed to see how a humanitarian with an interest in the hearing impaired and deaf has evolved. However, on closer examination, one can see that Mr. Weinstein has continued to stay actively involved in volunteer work that likely began even before he was enrolled full-time in college.

His volunteer work over the years has included assisting in the establishment of a cancer research organization and a debt-counseling program. For nearly two decades, he has given his time to a pregnancy hotline and shelter, transforming it from a simple help line into an award-winning organization that offers short-term shelter for mothers and infants. Upon “retiring” in 2001 from a business he co-founded, Mr. Weinstein relocated to Otse, Botswana, as a development worker for a non-governmental organization, Camphill Community Trust – Godisa Technologies Trust. His objective with this NGO was to train a local counterpart to run an international business. Godisa has become well known as an ISO certified non-profit social enterprise that designs, manufactures and distributes the first affordable solar powered behind-the-ear hearing aids, solar powered battery charger and rechargeable hearing aid battery for use in developing countries. During Mr. Weinstein’s tenure in Botswana, Godisa opened distributorships in 24 developing countries across the world, and their products have been adopted in many philanthropic outreach programs. It is estimated that more than 4000 affordable hearing aids have been provided to hearing impaired individuals within developing countries.

Mr. Weinstein’s more recent activities have included founding “LSS Consultoria” based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which will set up an affordable hearing aid project in cooperation with the University of Sao Paulo and a number of Brazilian NGOs. Much like the Godisa model, the LSS Consultoria aims to partner with local resources to provide deaf education, affordable earmolds, and rechargeable batteries for cochlear implants, as well as offering empowerment programs and affordable hearing aids. Many not for profit and NGO groups in developing countries are looking to develop their own versions of the affordable solar powered hearing aids much like Godisa products. Though Mr. Weinstein recognizes that he is facilitating others to compete with Godisa or LSS Consultoria, he says, “Each project will ultimately help the less advantaged children in its region and enable them to be integrated into local schools.” With his keen business eye on lowering product costs, securing funding, and enhancing product features, Howard Weinstein remains relentless in creating opportunities for people with hearing disabilities to access the hearing world through affordable and high quality hearing aids while improving overall health and education in the community.

Howard Weinstein is the subject of an article in the May 12, 2008, issue of Newsweek. Click here to read the article.