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2009-2010 Foundation Supported Research

The AAAF congratulates these audiologists and students on the receipt of grants for research in 2009-2010. 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
Zhengqing Hu, MD, PhDZhengqing Hu, MD, PhD
Wayne State University
Mentor: Mats Ufendahl, PhD
Implantation of Inner Ear-Derived Neural Stem Cell into the Adult Inner Ear


New Investigator
Kathleen McNerney, PhDKathleen McNerney, PhD
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Mentor: Robert Burkard, PhD
Caffeine and Vestibular Function Doubt: Is it Really Necessary to Go Without?


Student Investigator
Jamie L. Desjardins, MSJamie L. Desjardins, MS
Syracuse University
Mentor: Karen A. Doherty, PhD
Age-Related Changes in Listening Effort for Various Types of Masker Noises


Student Investigator
Christopher Spancovich, AuD, MPHChristopher Spankovich, AuD, MPH
Vanderbilt University
Mentor: Linda J. Hood, PhD
Susceptibility of Adolescents with Type I Diabetes to Noise-Induced Hearing Loss


Student Summer Research Fellowship
Laura L. Czarniak, BSLaura L. Czarniak, BS
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Mentor: Jill B. Firszt, PhD
Measures of Sound Localization and Hearing in Noise in Children with Unilateral Hearing Loss

Student Summer Research Fellowship
Ji Young Lee, MSJi Young Lee, MS
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Mentor: Ashley W. Harkrider, PhD
Effects of Phonological Processing on Behavioral and ERP Responses


Student Research Forum

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

Laura Colleen Baskett, BSLaura Colleen Baskett, BS
Auburn University
Perception of Time Compressed Speech in Elderly Hearing Aid Users: Effects of Amplification, Rate, Age, and Acclimatization

Garrett Cardon, AuDGarrett Cardon, AuD
University of Colorado at Boulder
Central Auditory Maturation and Auditory Skill Development in Children with Auditory Neuropathy/DYS-Synchrony

Katharine Fitzharris, AuDKatharine Fitzharris, AuD
VA Boston Healthcare System
Auditory Function in Adults with HIV/AIDS: Exploratory Analyses


Penny Anderson Gosselin, PhD candidatePenny Anderson Gosselin, PhD candidate
Centre de Recherche de l'Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal
Older Adults Expend More Effort to Understand Speech in Noise

Kristi Oeding, BAKristi Oeding, BA
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
The Effectiveness of the Directional Microphone in the BAHA Divino

James Jerger Awards for Excellence in Student Research

Sponsored annually with a generous gift from an anonymous donor

Tracy Barsheff, BSTracy Barsheff, BS
Western Michigan University
Contributors: Bharti Katbamma, PhD, Western Michigan University; Charles Ide, PhD, Western Michigan University
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Influence on the Ear and Cranial Ganglia

Melody Benedic, BAMelody Benedic, BA
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Contributors: Misty Ringe, BA, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Danielle Gautreaux, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Annette Hurley, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Inter-Aural Differences of Wave V to Click and Speech Stimuli in Children at Risk for (C)APD

Shannon Daniels, AuDShannon Daniels, AuD
University of Connecticut
Contributor: Frank Musiek, University of Connecticut
Electrophysiological Correlates to Behavioral Gap Detection


Stephanie Nagle, BAStephanie Nagle, BA
University of Connecticut
Comparing the Diagnostic and Screening Gaps-in-Noise Tests
Contributor: Frank Musiek, University of Connecticut


Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Travel Awards

Samira Anderson, AuD
Northwestern University
Neural Signatures of Speech-in-Noise Perception in Older Adults

Katie Faulkner, MS
University of Washington
Auditory Training in Adult Cochlear Implant Listeners Using Spectrally-Rippled Noise Stimuli in an Adaptive, Single-Interval Paradigm

Evan Grolley, BS
Northwestern University
Interference Patterns in Distortion Otoacoustic Emissions at High Frequencies in Humans

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