The Presidential Award(s) may be presented during the term of the president, to an individual or group, for his/her or their exceptional service and dedication to the American Academy of Audiology, the profession of audiology, or to individuals with hearing, tinnitus, or balance disorders.
A role model of integrity and leadership, the Academy is pleased to bestow its 2021 Honors of the Academy to Erin Miller in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of audiology.
Dr. Miller has maintained an unbroken record of professional service and leadership, working tirelessly in the public eye and behind the scenes. She has served on over 60 committees and councils.
Nationally, she served on the Academy Board of Directors, is a past president of the Academy, and chaired the 2019 AAA Annual Conference. She also served as president of the Ohio Academy of Audiology and as the representative for the Ohio Speech and Hearing Governmental Affairs Coalition for 15 years. Through her work, Dr. Miller brings a consistent and unruffled approach to leadership.
As coordinator of the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium, Dr. Miller ensures The University of Akron, Kent State University, and Cleveland Clinic act as one entity to benefit their students. She teaches multiple courses, deftly weaving theory and practice from classroom to clinic, and precepts in the clinic.
Dr. Miller also teaches beyond the university, including multiple presentations and publications. She is especially renowned on the complex topic of professional ethics, advancing this issue as a mainstream value shaping our professional identity.
Linda J. Hood, PhD, is the quintessential audiologist and hearing scientist, having made significant contributions to both clinical and basic science research over her 40-plus year career. After earning her PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park, she completed a three-year NIH post-doctoral fellowship at the Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory studying auditory anatomy and physiology.
Over the course of her academic career, she has held faculty positions at Louisiana State University Departments of Otolaryngology, Communication Disorders, Neuroscience, and Genetics, before taking her current position as a faculty member in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Hood’s has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in top audiology and medical journals. She is an outstanding scholar and clinician scientist who has provided foundational insights into the diagnosis of auditory disorders and their genetic bases. Her research in the areas of hereditary hearing loss, novel assays of afferent and efferent neural function, and the clinical diagnosis and management of auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder have had a lasting and meaningful impact on the profession of audiology.
She has been consistently funded by NIH and is currently modeling auditory responses and behaviors in pre-term infants. In addition, Dr. Hood has been an active research mentor to many future investigators, including her leadership on the NIH-NIDCD Developing Research Careers in the Hearing Sciences training grant for AuD students.
As a founding member of the American Academy of Audiology, Dr. Hood is also a dedicated leader in the profession of audiology. She has held multiple leadership roles including past-president for the American Academy of Audiology, the American Auditory Society, and the International Society of Audiology.
Dr. Hood’s nominators describe her as a “giving mentor” whose “strong expertise,” “strength and perseverance,” and “passion and enjoyment of our profession” clearly demonstrate the indelible impact she has had on her colleagues and the profession of audiology.
Paul Pessis, AuD, is the owner and founder of North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab. He is also an instructor at Rush University and is a sought-after speaker on private practice and coding and reimbursement issues. Dr. Pessis has additionally served on the Academy Board of Directors and as president of the Academy.
Dr. Pessis’ wisdom and foresight assisted in the creation of the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee, the Coding and Practice Management Committee, the Academy’s Practice Policy Advisory Council, the Academy’s involvement in Audiology code development and valuation via participation in the CPT Editorial Panel and RUC processes, and the representation of the profession with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Always, at the forefront of his efforts is his belief in Audiology as an autonomous profession deserving of professional reimbursement. Dr. Pessis’ leadership and persistence ensured a successful petition to garner Audiology seats at both the AMA CPT and RUC Health Care Professionals Advisory Committees, for which he serves as the Academy’s RUC HCPAC representative.
Additionally, he is the sole audiology representative to the Hearing Instrument Manufacturer’s Software Association (HIMSA) Board, an international board comprised of the six hearing aid company leaders, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE).
From creating standards for new professionals to his role in maintaining appropriate valuation of the diagnostic services we provide, Dr. Pessis’ leadership spans all realms of the profession. The Academy is pleased to bestow its 2020 Honors of the Academy to Dr. Paul Pessis, in recognition of his significant contributions to the field audiology.
Alison M.Grimes has served the profession of audiology and the Academy with distinction over the course of her 40-year career. She has been a leader in the field, specifically in the practice area of pediatric audiology, and has served the profession through service at the national, state, and local levels. Dr. Grimes has been a tireless advocate for pediatric patients through her service on professional committees, advocacy, and through task force service. Among her numerous achievements, Dr. Grimes was instrumental in the development of standards for the American Board of Audiology specialty certification in pediatrics. Dr. Grimes has served as the Academy’s representative to the Joint Commission on Infant Hearing since 2005; in this capacity, she participated in the formulation of two iterations of the Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, as well as acting as chair of the commission.
In addition to her participation in the critical mission of establishing these guidelines for newborn hearing screening, she ensured the dissemination of the guidelines to the audiology community with countless presentations at national and state-level meetings. Dr. Grimes has been an instructor for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) programs in California since 2008. She is also chair of the Academy’s Guidelines and Strategic Documents Committee.
Angela Loavenbruck is an illustrious leader in the field of audiology, whose high standards, innovations, and commitment have crafted positive and lasting changes in hearing-care services. Throughout her career, her efforts at the local, state, and national levels spurred audiology to an autonomous profession. As a clinician, Dr. Loavenbruck has dedicated her career to delivery of high-quality, patient-centered services. She is among the first audiologists in the nation to start her own independent practice, generating new delivery models for comprehensive, evidenced-based audiology services directly from audiologists.
At a time when audiologists were prohibited from dispensing hearing aids, Dr. Loavenbruck coauthored the first textbook on Hearing Aid Dispensing for Audiologists in 1978. She was among early advocates of the AuD degree and was a principal developer of rigorous educational standards for academic programs. As the first chair of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education, her dialogues spurred the separation of university program accreditation from simple certification. She served on the Board of the Audiology Foundation of America, helping to raise millions of dollars to support the transition to the AuD. During her term as president of the American Academy of Audiology, she focused on assuring that ethical standards for audiologists were unsurpassed in health care.
Dr. Loavenbruck has fruitfully applied her unique ability to resolve complex challenges with reasonable and clear solutions (for the benefit of the audiology profession and the patients we serve), in locations ranging from the halls of Congress to individual audiology clinics.
Gail M. Whitelaw serves as the director of clinical instruction and research at the Ohio State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. She works directly with students as a preceptor in the clinic, as a professor, as the fourth-year clinic placement coordinator, and capstone supervisor/committee member. She is the audiology faculty member on the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disorders housed at the Nisonger Center at Ohio State.
Her students describe how she always goes above and beyond. One of her former students sums it up: “Dr. Whitelaw is much more than a professor and preceptor. She is a remarkable mentor who cares deeply about the profession of audiology and the success of her students. She works harder than most to ensure that her students are receiving exceptional educational and clinical experiences.” Among her recognitions are the Central Ohio Speech–Language–Hearing Association Honors as Outstanding Supervisor, and the Distinguished Faculty Award by the Ohio State University Student Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Whitelaw’s influence extends far outside of Ohio State. She cares not only for her own students but also strives to create a better experience for all students in the profession. She was instrumental in the development of the American Board of Audiology’s Audiology Preceptor Certification and served on the board of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD). Dr. Whitelaw is also a member of the Accreditation Commission on Audiology Education (ACAE).
Dr. Donahue has had a productive and influential history of research and service to the audiology community specializing in the study of hearing, hearing loss, and balance systems. For over 25 years, as a dedicated public servant, she has been involved with the research programs of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), initially as a health scientist administrator and then as the chief of the hearing and balance/vestibular sciences branch.
During the early years, she worked with a large variety of interlocutors: individual scientists, the leadership of the NIH and NIDCD, along with government, academic and hearing industry leaders. She was a leader in holding exploratory workshop and consensus conference between developers to establish neonatal hearing screening programs, interventions in young children with hearing loss, and focused on translating basic research findings into clinical tools for use in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders.
More recently, as the deputy director of the division of scientific programs, Dr. Donahue has provided the leadership to guide the hearing and balance research community concerning their research programs. She teaches how to obtain funding to support programs, to create direction and policies that help define the future of hearing research, and to foster the translation of hearing research into clinical applications. During this time, she has made a major effort to make hearing healthcare more accessible and affordable to all patients. This initiative resulted in a major contract award to the Institute of Medicine to conduct a consensus study on accessible and affordable hearing health care for adults, which was led by the NIDCD and sponsored by several federal agencies. The resulting prestigious report published this past summer recommended a series of priorities and actions for improving hearing health care. The Honors Committee wholeheartedly agrees that Amy Donahue is recognized as the recipient of the 2017 Career Award in Hearing for her significant contributions to furthering scientific research in the field of hearing loss.
Dr. Jane R. Madell is a clinician, researcher, and educator. As a clinician, she is a certified audiologist, speech-language pathologist, a listening and spoken language specialist, and an auditory verbal therapist. For about 50 years, she has single-mindedly dedicated her career to helping children with hearing impairment and other auditory disorders (including auditory processing, auditory attention disorders, and sound hypersensitivity). She was the director of audiology at the New York League for the Hard of Hearing (now the Center for Hearing and Communication) and the director of the Hearing and Learning Center and co-director of the Cochlear Implant Center at Beth Israel Medical Center/New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Under her leadership, these world-renowned centers for pediatric audiology became models for family-centered integrated care providing support, rehabilitation, and education services for families and children alike. As an educator, Jane Madell has held faculty positions at University of Tennessee, Teachers College Columbia University, and State University of New York Health Sciences, and is presently a professor at New York Medical College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. As a researcher, she has published five books, authored or co-authored numerous chapters, peer-reviewed papers, and developed online and magazine articles.
Recently Jane has ventured into new territory: she is in the process of finalizing a documentary film titled, “”The Listening Project.”” In it, she explores the value of hearing technology in the lives of some of her previous patients, now in their 20s and 30s, whose hearing loss she identified when they were infants or young children.
On her website (www.janemadell.com), Jane shares her philosophy. She says, “”I believe children with hearing loss have the ability to learn to use hearing to develop a spoken language. I also believe that every child is testable – no matter the age or degree of other disabilities. With proper management, most children with hearing loss can be educated in the mainstream along with their typical-hearing peers.””
Jane Madell has clearly lived by these words through her dedicated practice in the evaluation and management of hearing in infants and young children with hearing loss and auditory disorders, and by providing them with the most appropriate form of amplification, assistive technologies, and supportive family-centered auditory rehabilitation and therapies.
The Marion Downs Award for Excellence in Pediatric Audiology is awarded to an audiologist for his or her exceptional contributions to pediatric audiology; contributions that have made an impact on the profession of audiology as a whole. Jane Madell, without a doubt, meets these criteria and is a truly worthy recipient of this award.
Brad A. Stach, PhD, is currently the director of the Division of Audiology at Henry Ford Hospital and an adjunct professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Dr. Stach has had an illustrious career including positions at the University of Texas; Baylor Medical Center; Georgetown University Medical Center of Washington, DC; Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA; Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia; and Washington University in St. Louis. He graduated in 1977 from New Mexico State University then continued his education by earning an MA degree at Vanderbilt University in 1979 and a PhD at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
James Jerger, PhD, credits Dr. Stach as being the driving force behind the creation of the Academy. As an Academy founder, Dr. Stach served as the first secretary-treasurer and established, organized, and conducted business from our first “national office” in Houston. According to Dr. Jerger, “Brad was instrumental in bringing the concept of a new audiology organization to concrete reality. In fact, it is very likely that we would not have an Academy today without Brad’s significant contributions to its gestation and delivery.” Dr. Stach has been relentlessly involved at all levels since day one in 1988. His steadfast leadership, administrative prowess, and unmatched loyalty to the Academy have benefitted not only the organization but the profession at large.
Beginning as an Academy founder, his uninterrupted voluntary service has aided every aspect of our organization. He has held too many Academy leadership positions to enumerate in detail, but among them are terms on the Board of Directors (including as president), the Board of Trustees of the AAA Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education, and the AAA Practice Advisory Council. He also holds the distinct honor of being the first audiologist to serve on the important American Medical Association CPT Health Care Professional Advisory Committee.
Dr. Stach is renowned for his outstanding speaking and teaching skills, resulting in high demand for him to present at state, national, and international professional venues. His presentations are invariably well organized, succinct, and clear. His numerous and impressive research contributions have been well designed and analyzed, clearly written, and widely published. He has authored and contributed chapters to numerous textbooks during his prolific publication career. Dr. Stach devotes much of his time to students as he nurtures them, challenges them, and provides them with direction and support to achieve success in their own careers.
Dr. Stach’s leadership and contributions to the field of audiology have had wide impact on research, teaching, and clinical practice. He is a versatile and prolific professional who represents the highest standards of integrity, teaching, and research. His extraordinary service to our profession, his invaluable leadership, and his contributions to the founding of the Academy clearly reflect the ideals of the Academy’s Distinguished Service Award.
Joseph W. Hall III, PhD, has had a distinguished career in research in audiology and hearing science with contributions spanning nearly four decades. His research has had great impact on other investigators, students, and practicing clinicians. His record of publications in the highest quality scientific journals and his successful competitive grant writing places him in the top tier of investigators, not just in audiology and hearing science but in all areas of scientific research. Dr. Hall completed his undergraduate work in psychology at the College of William and Mary in 1972 and his PhD in experimental psychology at the University of North Carolina in 1976. To strengthen his background in applied areas of hearing research, he completed a master’s degree in audiology at the University of North Carolina in 1980, an unusual sequence that demonstrates his commitment to clinical research. Dr. Hall, who is Board Certified in Audiology®, is currently distinguished professor and chief of audiology research at the University of North Carolina Medical School.
The hallmark strength of Dr. Hall’s research contributions is the application of basic science techniques to study populations not often studied with these methods. These include normal children, children with otitis media, children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, subjects with sensorineural hearing loss, subjects with surgically altered middle ears, subjects with fluency disorders, and elderly subjects. He has well over 100 scientific publications, 79 of which he is first author on. His publications have been cited in the scientific literature nearly 1,800 times. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of his research record is his 69 years of federal funding on research grants for which he was principal or coprincipal investigator.
All of Dr. Hall’s colleagues know him to be the most collegial, generous, thoughtful colleague. He is a mentor with teaching contributions to medical students, otolaryngology residents, PhD students in audiology and psychology, postdoctoral fellows, and master’s/AuD students in audiology.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Hall has made significant professional contributions as committee member and reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council Committee on Hearing, Bioacoustics, and Biomechanics, and editorial boards. He has received awards from the American Academy of Audiology, the Acoustical Society of America, and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
The breadth of his contributions is summarized well in a nomination letter for this award cosigned by five of his colleagues at the University of North Carolina: “We cannot think of a more deserving recipient than Dr. Joseph W. Hall III. He has distinguished himself as one of the world’s preeminent hearing scientists with a long-standing history of research that has been fundamental to the translation of basic science to clinical practice. A gifted scholar and devoted mentor, Dr. Hall’s career has exemplified the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct.”
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.
During her long career, Dr. Brewer has mentored countless AuD and PhD students, performing research at the NIH and at their universities, and has served on research committees or as cochair of a committee for more than 50 students. This level of dedication to the education and professional development of these young clinicians and researchers, along with her work in positioning audiology within the clinical NIH programs, sets Dr. Brewer apart from her peers.
In addition to her passion for education, Dr. Brewer has developed a body of clinically relevant research that includes nearly 130 presentations at national and international meetings. Combined with this prolific legacy of presentations, Dr Brewer has authored or coauthored more than 40 journal articles and four book chapters.
Dr. Brewer has devoted countless hours to volunteer activities including serving on the Academy’s Board of Directors, Membership Committee, and Program Committee (on ten separate occasions). Perhaps her most enduring legacy was conceiving the idea of a purposeful and comprehensive leadership training conference for early career professionals, the Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (JFLAC). This novel idea has inspired many young professionals to achieve greater levels of service and leadership.
Dr. Brewer has been the recipient of many awards including twice receiving the President’s Distinguished Service Medal from the American Academy of Audiology, and she and her work colleagues received the 2012 Director’s Award at NIH for recognition of their outstanding audiologic and vestibular clinical and research services and training of students within the NIH.
Throughout her tenure as teacher and researcher, Dr. Brewer has touched and influenced the lives of many colleagues and students. Dr. Brewer is a consummate professional and embodies the characteristics worthy of this award.
Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano is a professor of Audiology in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Institute of Cognitive Science, Center for Neurosciences, University of Colorado at Boulder; Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology, University of Colorado at Denver; and the Marion Downs Hearing Center. She isa world leader in research and, for 30 years, has been studying language, speech, and social-emotional development of deaf and hard-of-hearing infants and children. Her ground-breaking research has produced unequivocal evidence that early detection and intervention of hearing loss is successful in having a significant impact on language learning of children with hearing loss.
Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano received her bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, followed by a masters degree in education of the hearing impaired, and her PhD in audiology and hearing impairment from Northwestern University. She is a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and an audiologist. In 1996, she and co-investigator Kathy Arehart received a five-year MCH grant for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening that established the Marion Downs National Center, now the Marion Downs Hearing Center. The present co-director, Sandra Abbot Gabbard, states that Dr. Yoshinaga-Itanos research has had a broad impact: Health and education policies have changed globally; professional standards in audiology, medicine, early childhood and deaf education have been revised; and families worldwide with children who are deaf and hard of hearing have new hope for their childrens futures.
Since 1996, Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano has helped to support many state departments of education and public health agencies, schools for the deaf and blind, and early intervention programs throughout the United States and its territories. As well as her work in the United States, she has served as a consultant supporting many countries advancing their own early hearing detection and intervention programs, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Korea, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, Philippines, and South Africa.
The esteemed Dr. Marion Downs has said, In my opinion Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano is responsible for the fact that nearly every child born in the United States is now being screened for hearing loss in the newborn nurseries of this country. Ive lost count of the number of countries that have fallen suit. Her research on the advantages of early identification, accomplished with her usual meticulous control, and pediatric journal articles, finally convinced physicians to throw their support for newborn screening in the nations hospitals. Anyone who has sat in her classes has been inspired in their audiological career and has gone out with new enthusiasm to spread the word about what can be done regarding hearing losses, from birth to old age.
Dr. Jerry Northern has said, Dr Yoshinaga-Itano is a woman and a professional of the utmost integrity and who is highly regarded and widely recognized by all who know her and her work. For her overwhelming dedication to the profession and her innumerable contributions, she has earned the respect, admiration, and appreciation of audiologists and colleagues around the world. Her contributions to pediatric audiology are truly legendary.
Leanne Seaver, former executive director of Hands & Voices has said, Her wisdom, her expertise, and her compassion make her such a unique voice and presence for families and to the field at large. Congratulations to Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano for her many achievements and receipt of this prestigious award!
Carol Flexer’s passion for the listening needs of children in the classroom has been prolific. She has devoted her career to advocating for better listening, learning, and literacy for children with hearing loss and has had a critical impact on the role of audiologists in the educational arena. In the early 1990s, Dr. Flexer met Drs. Carl Crandall and Joseph Smaldino and a powerful collaboration was born. Their individual and collaborative efforts provided significant focus on the areas of classroom acoustics and soundfield technologies, and as a result many books and lectures were produced that remain the cornerstone texts for those topic areas both nationally and internationally.
With over 155 publications and the co-editor/authorship of 11 textbooks, Dr. Flexer has had a phenomenal impact on those she has served and on our profession. She has been involved in the education of audiologists, teachers ,and the public for more than 35 years. Her academic career began at Texas Tech University, followed by Kent State University, and for the remaining 25 of those years she worked at the University of Akron where she was named a Distinguished Professor of Audiology.
Today, Dr. Flexer continues to lecture to national and international audiences about pediatric audiology issues. She has given more than 500 presentations at state, national, and international venues, impacting tens of thousands of professionals and parents. Her ability to captivate those she teaches remains a signature of her presentation style. As so perfectly noted by a colleague, “she has an incredible gift to deliver her message simply and convincingly.” She has received numerous awards for her education efforts, including an AGBell Advocacy Award, Ohio Magazine Excellence in Education Award, New York League for the Hard of Hearing Nitchie Award for promoting mainstreaming, and Akron Regional Speech and Hearing Association Award for “Best Practices” in serving children. For her research and advocacy for children with hearing loss, Dr. Flexer has also received two prestigious awards from The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, theVoltaAward and theProfessional of the Year Award.
Dr. Flexer has also demonstrated pronounced leadership while serving in the capacity of president for theAmerican Academy of Audiology, the Educational Audiology Association, and the Alexander Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, and on the Board of Director’s for the Auditory Verbal International Association. Dr. Flexer has an unmistakable passion for the field of audiology and an overall zest for life. Without question, her efforts throughout her career to successfully advocate for children with hearing loss have made her a clear choice for the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy of Audiology.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Freeman’s leadership, innovation, and pioneering efforts have made significant impacts on the profession of audiology, particularly in the areas of governmental and legislative initiatives and the Au.D. degree. His dedication to professional service began early in his career and continues today. He has been instrumental in changing licensure laws—changes that set licensure standards for other states and continue to resonate. In 1993, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Audiology. In 1996, he was elected President of the Academy. His contributions to the Academy included work on numerous task forces and committees. One of the most notable among his accomplishments is his work for the passage and implementation of the Federal Employee Benefit Health Plan initiative providing direct access for audiology care to over eight million Americans. Dr. Freeman has clearly established himself as an advocate for the student and the Au.D. degree. He began the first distance-learning Au.D. program which has now become international as a result of his efforts. He truly has had an impact on our profession as seen in many political, educational, and service delivery advances.
Lu Beck’s innumerable contributions to audiology place her among the best of the best in our profession. Through her efforts, directly and indirectly, she has influenced the path that the profession of audiology has taken and will take in the future. She fought for the acceptance of the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree and continues to fight as it is implemented. The level of private and public hearing health care delivery in the United States has been raised through her labors. She fought for and obtained the right for patients in the VA to seek direct access to audiology services. She is viewed as an expert because of her depth of knowledge, her strong research record, and most notably, because of her vision for hearing health care. Beck’s commitment to the field of hearing, the profession of audiology, and the Academy are without parallel.