2014 Academy Honors Recipients

2014 Academy Honors Recipients

Richard Wilson, PhDJerger Career Award for Research in Audiology

Richard Wilson, PhD

Although the research record of Dr. Wilson spans six decades, that remarkable achievement does not capture the most important aspects of his contributions. Of his 126 journal articles, he is sole author on only five. His 68 first-authored research articles are an indication of his initiative and leadership. The number of coauthors, over 100, is evidence of the importance he places on collaboration with his peers, junior colleagues, and students. He believes strongly that research is a process that can be, but often is not, taught to student investigators. His own mentors, notably Raymond Carhart and Donald Dirks, instilled in Richard Wilson a standard for quality and intellectual honesty that he has successfully passed on to dozens of young colleagues.

When Dr. Wilson became chief of the audiology section at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, California, in 1972, there was no audiology research program. Read more ...


William Cole, BAScSamuel F. Lybarger Award for Achievements in Industry

William Cole, BASc

In 1983, Mr. Cole founded Etymonic Design, manufacturer of Audioscan portable hearing aid analyzers, and has been president since then. The company developed the first digitally programmable in-the-ear hearing aid with a handheld programmer in 1985, the integrated circuit (IC) for the Telex Adaptive Compression circuit, and the first head-worn cochlear implant processor for the House Ear Institute. In 2001, the Audioscan Verifit was introduced as the first desktop hearing aid tester/real ear measurement system that utilized digitized speech signals instead of traditional tone and noise signals. The Verifit amplification test results could be compared directly to behavioral measures of hearing—the first “speech map” measurements on hearing aids that displayed gain and signal processing for speech at different input levels compared to the listener’s dynamic range. Included also in current Audioscan analyzers are tests for real-time directionality for adaptive directional hearing aids, noise reduction, feedback suppression, and a simulation of pediatric hearing aid fitting performance as predicted by the real-ear-to-coupler difference (RECD).Read more ...


Paige Stringer, MAHumanitarian Award

Paige Stringer, MA

Ms. Stringer is the founder and executive director of the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss. Her humanitarian efforts have served over 1,000 children with hearing loss and their families living in Vietnam.

Paige was born with bilateral profound hearing loss and has worn hearing aids throughout her life. Early identification and intervention enabled her listening and spoken language development. She was educated in mainstream classes throughout her academic years. She earned a tennis scholarship to the University of Washington. As a member of the U.S. Deaf Olympic tennis team, she competed in the World Games for the Deaf in Bulgaria in 1993 and in Denmark in 1997. She earned a BSc degree in environmental management at University of Washington and an MA degree in marketing at University of San Francisco. She held management positions at the Clorox Company and Amazon.com. She served as vice president of the board, and later as communications director, at Listen and Talk, a program for children with hearing loss in Seattle. Paige currently serves on the board of Rotarians for Hearing and is cochair of the Education Committee of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health. Read more ...


Margaret Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, PhDInternational Award in Hearing

Margaret Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, PhD

Dr. Pichora-Fuller is a full professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. She is also an adjunct scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, an adjunct scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto, and a guest professor at Linköping University in Sweden.

She completed a BA in linguistics at the University of Toronto (1977) and an MSc in audiology and speech sciences at the University of British Columbia (1980). She worked as a clinical audiologist and then the supervisor of audiology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto where she was involved in research on hearing rehabilitation. She completed her doctoral studies in psychology at the University of Toronto (PhD, 1991). Read more ...


Career Award in Hearing or Balance

Timothy Jones, PhDTimothy Jones, PhD

Dr. Jones brings unique knowledge and skills to audiology and hearing science. He is a professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. With his background in the sciences, a PhD in physiology, he brings a valuable component to the training of scientists in giving them the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of interdisciplinary research. His extensive knowledge of the auditory and vestibular systems underlies his excellence in mentoring and teaching.

Dr. Jones has devoted his career of more than 30 years to laboratory research, teaching, and mentoring. His research interests are broad and related to the evolution of the sensory systems and, in particular, the role that gravity may have played in shaping gravity receptor systems across species. His research has focused on the normal development of the inner ear and the underlying mechanisms for development and recovery of balance function. With primary focus on the vestibular system, Dr. Jones has pioneered research in vestibular sensory evoked potentials and is considered a definitive expert in this area.Read more ...


Distinguished Achievement Award

Carmen Brewer, PhDCarmen Brewer, PhD

Dr. Brewer has dedicated her career to the profession of audiology for almost 40 years. Dr. Brewer is an innovator in clinical teaching and mentoring , a pioneer in the area of delivery of clinical services, and a translational researcher whose body of work has impacted generations of audiologists. In addition, her contributions to the profession through her service on many committees, task forces, boards, and the like illustrate her dedication and commitment to her colleagues past, present, and future.

For the past 11 years, Dr. Brewer has served as the audiology section chief and research audiologist at the Otolaryngology Branch, Division of Intramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. Her current position was preceeded by a 28-year tenure at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, where she started her professional career as a clinical fellow and rose to the position of director of hearing and speech and administrative director of oral surgery and otolaryngology. Read more ...


William Hal Martin, PhDWilliam Hal Martin, PhD

Dr. Martin has achieved remarkable accomplishments in every aspect of audiology practice spanning research, the clinic, and the classroom. While he may best be known for his work in hearing loss prevention, specifically development of the Dangerous Decibels® program, his areas of expertise span the physical and biological sciences including chemistry, quantitative analysis, computational physics, computer science, electrical engineering, cellular and environmental biology, genetics, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and electrophysiology, along with mathematics in the areas of calculus, analytic geometry, trigonometry, 3-D modeling and experimental design, and statistics. Dr. Martin has received 24 academic awards recognizing his achievements. Those who know Dr. Martin would say that the enthusiasm and inspiration that he has shared over the years with countless individuals in a variety of settings, disciplines, and locations around the world are even greater gifts. Together with his expertise, it is understandable why his contributions have led to his selection for this award.Read more ...


Michael Valente, PhDMichael Valente, PhD

Dr. Valente completed his doctoral degree at the University of Illinois. For nearly 30 years, he has been associated with the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he has served as director, professor, researcher, clinician, and more. In each of these roles and throughout his career, he has focused on the many challenges of amplification. As a researcher, his work has yielded important insights into the functions of dual and directional microphone technology, real-ear verification, and treatment options for single-sided deafness. As a clinician, he takes the essential next step of translating his research into clinically relevant practices. As an educator, he converts these practices into instructional content for highly popular workshops and courses around the world. And as a remarkably productive author and editor of books, chapters, and articles, he puts it all down in writing for the rest of the profession and posterity.

In addition to seeking answers to amplification questions, Dr. Valente has been a pioneer in supporting audiology’s transition to an evidence-based profession. He has tirelessly promoted the development and dissemination of rigorously developed evidence to support clinical decision making.Read more ...