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2008-2009 Foundation Supported Research

The AAAF congratulates these audiologists and students on the receipt of grants for research in 2008-2009. These grants are supported by gifts made to the AAA Foundation's Annual Fund and member contributions ensure that resources are available to fund future audiology research. To make a donation restricted for the use of research in the hearing sciences, call the AAA Foundation office at 703-226-1049. Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy effort.

Research Grants in Hearing and Balance


New Investigator
Eric Bielefeld
State University of New York at Buffalo
Prevention of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss with Blockage of NADPH Oxidase

New Investigator
Lauren Calandruccio, PhD
Northwestern University
Mentor: Sumitrajit Dhar, PhD
Non-Native Speech and Its Effect on Non-Energetic Masking

Student Investigator

Andrea Warner-Czyz, PhD
The University of Texas at Dallas
Effect of Reduced Spectral Resolution on Vowel Discrimination in Infants with Normal Hearing

Student Investigator
Jessica Levine, BS
Northwestern University
Mentor: Nina Kraus, PhD
Electrophysiological Measures of the Auditory Brainstem to Vocoded Speech and Musical Sounds

Student Summer Research Fellowship
Kristen Musser
Washington University School of Medicine
Mentor: Jill Firszt, PhD
Effect of Hearing Loss on the Speech-Evoked Auditory Brainstem Response in the Presence of Noise


Student Research Forum

Sponsored annually with a generous gift from Plural Publishing, Inc.

Francis Baur, AuD
Bloomsburg University
Preferred Listening Levels of Noise-Cancellation Headsets with an Audio Component in White Noise

Elizabeth Fernandez, BA
Washington University School of Medicine
The Preventative Effect of Kanamycin Treatment on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Young CBA/J Mice

Jennifer McCullagh, BA
University of Connecticut
Effects of Signal-to-Noise Ratio on Late Auditory-Evoked Potentials

Gina Marie Piscopo, BS
Vanderbilt University
The Effects of Fire Fighter Safety Attire and Equipment on Localization Abilities in the Horizontal Plane

Christopher Spankovich, AuD, MPH
Vanderbilt University
Dietary Intake and Auditory Function in an Adult Population

James Jerger Awards for Excellence in Student Research

Sponsored annually with a generous gift from an anonymous donor

Greta Stamper, MA
Mayo Clinic Florida
Safety of Audiology Direct Access for Medicare Patients

Larissa Mann, BS, and Christine Trenkler, BS
Central Michigan University
Positional Nystagmus in the Healthy Vestibular System

Cassie Tuell, BA
University of Northern Colorado
Contributors: Deanna K. Meinke, PhD, University of Colorado; Robert Kline-Schoder, PhD, Creare Inc.; Odile Clavier, PhD, Creare Inc.; Kathryn Bright, PhD, University of Northern Colorado; Nancy White, RN, PhD, University of Northern Colorado
Detection of DPOAEs Using Narrow-Band Noise Reduction


Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Travel Awards

Angela Yarnell Bonino
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Release from Perceptual Masking in Children and Adults: Benefit of a Carrier Phrase

Mary Ryback Rice
Washington University School of Medicine
Divergence of Noise Vulnerability in CBA/J and CBA/CaJ Mice

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