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2018 Academy Honors Recipients

2018 Academy Honors Recipients

Marion Downs Award in Pediatrics

Susan Scollie, PhD

Dr. Susan Scollie is recognized as a global leader in developing a personalized and prescriptive method for fitting and verifying hearing aids for infants and young children. With her colleagues at the National Centre for Audiology at the University of Western Ontario (aka Western University), Dr. Scollie has refined the Desired Sensation Level Version 5.0 (DSL 5.0), originally developed by Dr. Richard Seewald, with multiple applications that are now used throughout the world on a daily basis by clinicians to improve the auditory, speech, language, academic, and social development of thousands of children. Dr. Scollie’s unique expertise in translating evidence-based science behind the DSL 5.0 method to clinical applications, and her personal collaborations with hearing aid manufacturers and manufacturers of diagnostic hearing aid analyzers, have brought DSL 5.0 into routine clinical practice.

As an associate professor at Western University, she leads the child amplification laboratory team, which works closely with Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based protocols for the Ontario Infant Hearing Program, which is recognized as a global leader and authority in the determination of evidence-based, gold standard clinical practice for pediatric hearing healthcare.

In less than two decades, Dr. Scollie’s research and professional productivity have accomplished more than most others have accomplished in a full career. Additionally, Dr. Scollie has served as the mentor for many doctoral students who have sought the opportunity to study under this unique researcher and clinician, and are now contributing to the field of audiology. Nine of her articles have been recognized by the Hearing Journal for “Best in Audiology Literature,” which identifies outstanding articles from audiology, hearing science, and related fields that can be used by researchers and clinicians to provide better service to consumers. She was a co-author of a paper that earned the 2015 “Ear and Hearing Editors’ Award” for “Evaluation of Speech-Evoked Envelope Following Responses as an Objective Aided Outcome Measure.”

In 2005, she received the Kenneth J. Rooney Memorial Award from the Hearing Foundation of Canada, and in 2015, she was awarded the 2015 Innovator of the Year title by WORLDiscoveries, for her technology transfer work with the DSL fitting method in clinical practice.

Dr. Scollie’s contributions in applied research, professional advocacy, and clinical management have unquestionably made lasting and far-reaching impact on the lives of millions of infants and children. It is only fitting that the Academy’s 2018 Award in pediatric audiology, named in honor of Dr. Marion Downs for her own quest to made a difference in the lives of children, be awarded to Dr. Susan Scollie. The American Academy of Audiology is pleased to bestow its 2018 Marion Downs Award in Pediatrics to Dr. Susan Scollie, in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of pediatric audiology, and to children with hearing loss.

Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology

Laurie S. Eisenberg, PhD

Dr. Eisenberg has had a productive and influential history of research in the audiology pediatric community specializing in the study of the efficacy of auditory sensory devices, such as cochlear implants (CIs), auditory brainstem implants (ABIs), and hearing aids in children with significant hearing loss. Notably, her research on CIs and ABIs has been pioneering studies in these fields. It is also noteworthy that Dr. Eisenberg’s multidisciplinary research program has been federally funded for over 25 years. In fact, her most recent CI and ABI investigations epitomize the ultimate goal of scientific research on practical problems in that they focus on translating laboratory research into clinical practice through the means of clinical trials.

Moreover, Dr. Eisenberg is the principal investigator on the largest, 18-year longitudinal, six-center prospective study of the outcomes in pediatric cochlear implant recipients entitled, “The Childhood Development after Cochlear Implantation (CDaCI)” project. What makes her especially deserving of this career award is her ability to understand the multi-dimensional impacts of childhood deafness on the whole child, including not only their auditory and communicative skills, but also their social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development. Out of her productive career focusing on the rehabilitation of childhood deafness has come more than 100 publications in research journals, book chapters, and presentation proceedings from distinguished scientific and clinical meetings.

As the supporters of Dr. Eisenberg summarize in their letter of nomination, in the field of pediatric audiology, she has advanced our clinical knowledge/assessment skills, enhanced the adoption of best practices, and improved access to sound for many children with profound deafness. The Honors Committee wholeheartedly agrees that Dr. Laurie S. Eisenberg be recognized as the recipient of the 2018 Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology based on her significant and ground-breaking contributions to furthering scientific and clinical research in the field of pediatric audiology and, particularly, for the study of cochlear implants in which her studies have ranged from the original single-channel devices to the more advanced multichannel systems of today.

Samuel F. Lybarger Industry Award

Ora Büerkli-Halvey

Ora Büerkli is receiving the Academy’s Samuel F. Lybarger Industry Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of audiology over the past 30 years. As vice president of global audiology for Phonak, she has been instrumental in ensuring a strong audiological perspective in the development of new products and fitting tools, and among the first to initiate controlled clinical trials of product performance -now the standard in our field.

Beyond being an advocate for patient benefit through hearing technology within the industry, her passion for audiology education and service delivery models led her to create a series of white papers known as “Phonak Focus.” Clinical topics include acoustic factors in hearing aid fitting and speech intelligibility in complex listening environments, among others, and were well-received globally.

She initiated the Phonak Pediatric Research Advisory Board which identified the most urgent research and education needs in pediatric audiology from an international perspective. In concert with Drs. Seewald, Gravel, and Bamford, she developed, “Sound Foundations.”This international conference series educates clinicians on new research findings and evidence-based strategies. These conferences and their published proceedings and educational materials have had a significant and positive impact on pediatric health care around the globe. Most recently, Ora has put forth an initiative on family-centered care in adult hearing rehabilitation.

In all, Ora’s leadership and passion for audiology has linked teams at Phonak with the scientific and clinical audiological communities internationally, transforming clinical practice around the world and improving the quality of life of those who have hearing loss.

Outstanding Educator Award

Jennifer E. Weber, AuD

Dr. Jenny Weber has made significant contributions to the field of audiology through her dedication and focus on excellence as an educator, clinical supervisor, and mentor of audiology students. Dr. Weber serves as program coordinator for the audiology speech-language sciences department for the University of Northern Colorado. She has successfully integrated her robust teaching and research interests to prepare her students in amplification, diagnostic audiology, aural rehabilitation, pediatric assessment and habilitation. In addition, she has provided her students with rare opportunities in the unique field of animal audiology. By collaborating with colleagues, they established UNC’s Facility for Education and Testing of Canine Hearing and Laboratory for Animal Bioacoustics (FETCHLAB™) in 2014 and then developed UNC’s Animal Audiology Graduate Certificate Program in 2015.

Dr. Weber was instrumental in developing and implementing the doctor of audiology program at UNC. She has received recognitions such as Favorite Professor and First Year Scholars Outstanding Faculty. Her classroom teaching evaluations and personal communications acknowledge the passion, inspiration, and influence her teaching has on the audiology profession.

While her personal research has consistently produced high-quality results, she has always sought to share her research zest and experience with her students. Her colleagues and students consider Dr. Weber to be the ultimate professional and role model, as she’s challenged her students in 39 thesis and capstone committees. The capstone of one of those students yielded a paper that earned Hearing Review’s “Editor's Top 10 Picks for Best Articles in 2015.” That former student enthusiastically contributed to Dr. Weber’s nomination packet with the quote: Dr. Weber “challenged me to think outside the box and beyond the text book. She encouraged me to ask questions that were bold and significant. Her knowledge and dedication as an educator and research advisor inspired me as a student and sculpted me into the audiologist I am today.”

As the chapter advisor for her university’s student audiology and speech-language pathology organization, Dr. Weber has also encouraged her students to prepare themselves for professional roles in audiology by fostering involvement in local, state, and national student audiology organizations. She models such commitments through her own activities outside of the university, including multiple leadership positions at the Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Colorado Academy of Audiology.

Obviously, Dr. Weber demonstrates the model of excellence in teaching. She has truly left an impact on the field of audiology by coaching audiologists to be the best they can be and then continue to share passion for excellence throughout their entire careers. The American Academy of Audiology is pleased to bestow its 2018 Outstanding Educator Award to Jennifer E. Weber AuD, in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of audiology as an educator and mentor of audiology students.

Outstanding Early-Career Audiologist Award

Jamie M. Bogle, AuD, PhD

Dr. Jamie Bogle began her graduate career at University of Colorado in Boulder earning her AuD in 2007 and PhD from the same institution in 2010. Following this, she was a research fellow at Gallaudet University and then held a post-doctoral position at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, specifically in the area of vestibular research. Since graduation, she has grown her career exponentially in a short period of time. She currently works at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. During her time at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, she has provided patient care, mentored 17 students, and developed the Mayo Clinic Sport Neurology and Concussion Program which provides baseline concussion measurements and post-concussion testing in a team approach with neurology and neuropsychology.

In addition to this, she also holds academic ranks at not only Mayo Clinic, but three other universities (University of Colorado at Boulder, Salus University, and Gallaudet University). She lectures on vestibular sciences, diagnostics, and treatment. In addition to academic teaching, she has also presented at numerous conferences and seminars including at the American Academy of Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the American Balance Society. She has also presented internationally in Russia, Canada, and France.

Dr. Bogle is a reviewer for fifteen journals and in 2015 she was awarded the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology Editors Award for outstanding contributions to peer review. Dr. Bogle herself has eleven peer-reviewed articles with the majority on vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) and concussion. She is a co-author on the book chapter, “High frequency gain dependent word recognition” in the Adult Audiology Casebook published by Thieme. Finally, she has contributed to the filing of five patents and ten invention disclosures.

When she is not busy with scholarly activities, she is also volunteering in professional organizations. She has been an active volunteer for several committees at the Academy including the Publications Committee, Political Action Committee, chair of the Quality Measures sub-committee, and most recently Public Relations and Outreach Committees. She has also been an active member and is currently serving on the board of the American Balance Society.

Dr. Jamie Bogle has demonstrated a commitment to the profession, her patients, and scholarly activities in her career so far and therefore is well deserving of the Outstanding Early-Career Audiologist Award for 2018.

Humanitarian Award

Nora Stewart

Nora Stewart received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1994 and went on to obtain her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1996. After working in the hearing health-care industry for four years, she and her husband built a successful private practice in Fort Wayne, Indiana. While Nora and her husband enjoyed their success, they felt a need to do more to give back to their community. In 2011, they founded HearCare Connection: a not-for-profit clinic providing hearing assessment and hearing aids for under-served individuals in their community. The HearCare Connection is an organization unlike any other. HearCare Connection is supported through grants, donations, corporate sponsorship, and volunteerism to provide services on a sliding-scale and reduced-fee basis. The program empowers recipients of its services to give back to their community through volunteer work in a model referred to as the “circle of giving.” Since its inception, HearCare Connection has helped nearly 400 individuals and has inspired more than 4,000 hours of volunteerism which has directly, positively impacted their local community.

The “circle of giving” model implemented through HearCare Connections worked so well that Nora and her husband decided to found Entheos Audiology Cooperative in order to empower audiologists seeking opportunities to give back to their local communities -and to the world. Entheos helps private-practice audiologists to conceptualize and implement local hearing health projects, found their own not-for-profit organization, and develop community partnerships. Entheos also provides opportunities to serve on international hearing health humanitarian missions to locations such as the Middle East, Mozambique, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Zambia. The Entheos Audiology Cooperative International Hearing Smiles program has helped thousands of people around the world to enjoy the gift of hearing. Nora serves the Entheos Audiology Cooperative as the chief vision officer.

Nora Stewart is a model of generosity and embodies the ripple effect of giving and empowering others to give. Her own words summarize her practical approach to giving, “There was such a direct need and it was a need that I could fill because of my experience in the industry. People were not receiving the help they needed simply because of finances. I could do something about that.” Nora serves as an exemplar and a model of giving. Few are more deserving of the American Academy of Audiology’s Humanitarian Award than Nora Stewart.

Honors of the Academy

David A. Zapala, PhD

Dr. Zapala is an associate professor of audiology in the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Foundation. He is also a senior consultant in otorhinolaryngology and the chair of the audiology division at the Mayo Clinic Florida. He is active in direct patient care; resident, fellow, and post-doctoral mentorship; clinical research; and clinical information management. From a research perspective, he has focused on mathematical modeling methods to improve audiological and vestibular diagnostics and to quantify the functional consequences of hearing impairment. He also studies the perceptual and functional consequences of vestibular and balance disorders.

Dr. Zapala received a Master of Science degree from Utah State University in 1983 and a PhD from University of Memphis in 1993. Early in his career, he developed the Mid-South Lions Infant Hearing Center and the Methodist/University of Tennessee Hearing and Balance Center at Methodist Healthcare in Memphis. He also served as a clinical professor in otolaryngology at the University of Tennessee. He continues to publish, teach, and present in the areas of vestibular assessment and diagnostic audiology. Dr. Zapala has served on the American Board of Audiology, the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors, and the American Balance Society Board of Directors. He is also a past president of the Tennessee Academy of Audiology.

More recently, he served on the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on the Accessibility and Affordability of Hearing Healthcare.

He is the recipient of the Edward Dalstrom Distinguished Service Award by the Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service (2001); Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Audiology (2007); Jerger Mentor Award in Clinical Research (2009); Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Memphis (2013); and the Arnold D. Tuttle Award in Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine (2013). He was recognized as Clinician of the Year for Mayo Clinic Florida (2016). His research is supported by the Mayo Clinic, the Knowles Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. He is currently funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to study ways of decreasing the cost of hearing health care associated with hearing aid use.