2009 Academy Honors Recipients

2009 Academy Honors Recipients


David Fabry, PhDDavid Fabry, PhD
Dr. David Fabry’s unending energy and exceptional contributions to the field of audiology make him an ideal recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Audiology. He has made outstanding contributions to the profession of audiology through excellence in research, teaching, clinical, and professional service. Since obtaining his PhD from the University of Minnesota, he has held positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a research audiologist, Mayo Clinic as head of audiology and clinical audiologist, Phonak as the vice president of professional relations and education, and most recently as head of audiology at the University of Miami Medical Center. As a researcher, he has published more than 60 articles in a variety of journals. His presentations at professional meetings are known for their clarity and clinical relevance. Dr. Fabry’s service to the profession of audiology has been extensive and outstanding. He has served as a president of his state audiology association in Minnesota as well as the president of the American Academy of Audiology. He was the section editor for amplification for Ear and Hearing, the editor of American Journal of Audiology, and is currently the content editor of Audiology Today. He exemplifies the innovation, excellence, and dedication recognized by this award.

Robert Keith, PhDRobert Keith, PhD
Dr. Robert Keith’s long and prolific career in audiology has had a remarkable impact on the field. He has been an audiologist for more than 40 years and even though he is “retired,” he is still going strong. Dr. Keith was a founding member and is past president of the American Academy of Audiology. He has authored 100 publications, made 300 presentations, and mentored many graduate students at several major universities. Dr. Keith is known around the world as an audiologist who is kind and understanding while maintaining a high degree of scholarship. His professional knowledge has established his position of leadership not only in audiological techniques, but also as an authority in auditory processing disorders, intraoperative monitoring, and middle ear assessment. Dr. Keith epitomizes what it is to be a well-rounded professional, a mentor, and a friend to all who know and work with him.

Ross Roeser, PhDRoss Roeser, PhD
Dr. Ross Roeser is the consummate audiologist. He has had (and is still having) an exemplary career, punctuated by excellent teaching, thorough pertinent research, publishing in peer-review journals, authoring books, administrating a world-renowned center for audiology, and acting as chief editor for scientific professional journals. Shortly after obtaining his PhD, he became the first editor of Ear and Hearing, establishing it as a premier journal in the field of audiology. He is now editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Audiology. He joined the Callier Center for Communication Disorders in 1972, quickly became director of audiology, later became executive director, and recently executive director emeritus. His administrative acumen is evidenced by the world-renown reputation of the Callier Center. His service to the field is obvious from the impressive number of councils and committees on which he serves, such as Health Advisory Council, Audiology, Board of Directors and later president of the Better Hearing Institute, World Hearing Network Program among many others. Dr. Roeser has had a ubiquitous and exemplary influence on the field of audiological practice, research, administration and educational excellence.


David Preves, PhD
Dr. David Preves has followed in Sam Lybarger’s footsteps as one of the great industry leaders. His contributions to the profession of audiology and the hearing aid industry are legion. Of special importance are the innovations he has brought to hearing aid design. He performed pioneering work in directional microphones, integrated circuits, and feedback management. His writings include more than 500 reports, published articles, and patent teachings. In addition to his many engineering contributions, Dr. Preves’ long-term service as chair of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Working Group on Hearing Aids has had a significant impact on the quality, reliability, and utility of hearing aid measurements. This challenging task requires the skills of an expert in acoustics, psychoacoustics, signal processing, and solid state electronics, as well the social skills to deftly manage a committee with divergent interests. Dr. Preves took over this role from Sam Lybarger himself. For over two decades, he has successfully mediated the differing needs of a globalized, rapidly changing hearing aid industry, the hearing aid dispensing community, consumers and regulators. He continues to play a pivotal role in producing standards on which the industry depends, and he represents the United States in international meetings with the IEC and ISO. Currently, Dr. Preves is a DSP Research Engineer at Starkey Laboratories.


Stig Arlinger, DMScStig Arlinger, DMSc
Dr. Stig Arlinger’s contributions to audiology and the international community are extensive and wide-reaching. Until recently, he was a professor and audiologist in the Department of Technical Audiology, Linköping, Sweden. Dr. Arlinger has been an avid clinician and researcher for over 40 years and has published more than 250 articles in the areas of audiological diagnosis, rehabilitation, hearing aids, and noise protection. He served for 10 years in the role of editor or co-editor for Scandinavian Audiology. Moreover, his collaborative participation and visionary mindset in the European and international community produced significant resources for hearing professionals around the world. He was instrumental in forming the highly prominent International Journal of Audiology. He sat for more than 30 years on the International Standards Organization (ISO) and is the recipient of the Silver Ear from the Swedish Audiological Society, the Aram Glorig Award from the International Society of Audiology and an honorary doctorate, Honoris Causa, from the faculty of Arts and Sciences, Linköping University. The American Academy of Audiology is proud to award Dr. Stig Arlinger the International Award in Audiology in recognition of his long-standing dedication to the field and his collaborative, international achievements.


Aysen Erdil, MScAysen Erdil, MSc
Aysen Erdil, chief of audiology at the American Hospital in Istanbul, is the epitome of humanitarian good deeds. Recognizing unmet health-care needs in underdeveloped regions of her native Turkey and its neighboring countries, she created a non-governmental organization (NGO), Symbiosis, in 1999 to address those needs. Erdil organized teams of physicians from the hospital, who volunteered their vacation time to provide basic health-care services. These NGO’s teams, led by Erdil, have provided much needed care over the past 10 years in the rural areas of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Afghanistan and Nepal. Soon after the Symbiosis teams began delivering services, Erdil added audiological testing as another dimension of the Symbiosis delivery system; a hearing care service much appreciated by villagers who would not otherwise have it available to them. Always pushing out the envelope of meeting needs, Erdil introduced OAE newborn hearing screening five years ago in the areas served by the Symbiosis teams. Her most recent humanitarian endeavor, started in 2008, is the development of the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Program in Turkey for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Aysen Erdil certainly exemplifies the spirit of the Academy’s Humanitarian Award.


Sandra Gordon-Salant, PhDSandra Gordon-Salant, PhD
Dr. Sandy Gordon-Salant personifies the scholarly accomplishments of this award’s namesake. Following receipt of her PhD in audiology from Northwestern University, Dr. Gordon-Salant headed to her first faculty position at the University of Maryland, where she has remained ever since. While there, she rose through the ranks and soon became the mainstay of that university’s audiology program, both as a researcher and a teacher. Despite a varied and demanding teaching load, as well as numerous administrative or service responsibilities, she was able to develop and sustain an outstanding research career devoted to attaining a better understanding of the auditory perceptual problems experienced by older adults. Dr. Gordon-Salant, working in collaboration with her long-time colleague and friend, Pete Fitzgibbons, was one of the first to clearly establish that older adults have great difficulty processing rapid sounds, including time-compressed or rapidly articulated speech. More importantly, she was able to demonstrate that such difficulties were age related and not just a simple consequence of peripheral hearing loss. The excellence of her programmatic research in these areas was recognized recently by the National Institute on Aging when her grant application received a prestigious MERIT award, adding an additional five years of NIH support to her funded five-year application. Perhaps the only thing more remarkable than Dr. Gordon-Salant’s great scholarly success is the unassuming manner in which she wears it.