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2010-2011 Foundation Supported Research

The AAAF congratulates these audiologists and students on the receipt of grants for research in 2010-2011. 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
Kristi BuckleyKristi A. Buckley, PhD
State University of New York at Buffalo
Sensory Integration and Sensory Interference in Individuals with Hearing Impairment and Individuals with Normal Hearing


New Investigator
Yu-Hsiang WuYu-Hsiang Wu, MD, PhD
University of Iowa
Establishing a Conceptual Model of the Acceptable Noise Level Test (ANL)



Student Investigator
Karolina CharaziakKarolina Charaziak, MS
Northwestern University
Mentor: Pamela Souza, PhD
Relating Physiological and Perceptual Measures of Frequency Selectivity


Student Investigator
Michelle HsiehMichelle Hsieh, AuD
University of Texas at Austin
Mentor: Craig Champlin, PhD
Physiological and Psychoacoustical Sensitivity to Amplitude and Frequency Modulation in Normally Hearing and Hearing-Impaired Listeners


Student Summer Research Fellowship
Kensi M. Cobb, BA
East Carolina University
Mentor: Andrew Stuart, PhD
Effect of Altered Auditory Feedback on Stuttering Duration and Type in Adults Who Stutter During Conversation

Vestibular Research Grant for Student Investigator
Sponsored annually with a generous gift from American Institute of Balance Education Foundation
Gary GainesGary C. Gaines, II, AuD/PhD Candidate
East Carolina University
Mentor: Timothy Jones, PhD
Neural Generators of Mammalian Vestibular Responses to Linear Head Motion


Student Research Forum

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

Alyssa Baker, BA
University of Maryland
Auditory Phenotype of McCune-Albright Syndrome

Erika Becker, MA
Henry Ford Hospital, University of Pittsburgh
The Role of Insurance Coverage in Hearing Aid Acquisition

Gary C. Gaines, II, AuD/PhD Candidate
East Carolina University
Effects of Ketorolac on Linear VsEPs and ABRs in Mice

Rachel Loveless, AuD
Boys Town National Research Hospital
Audiologic Knowledge and Practice of Genetic Consultation for Children with Congenital Hearing Loss

Chiemi Tanaka, PhD
State University of New York at Buffalo
Age-Related Changes in Expression Patterns of Cochlear Oxidative Stress-Related Genes in Fischer 344/NHsd Rats

James Jerger Awards for Excellence in Student Research

Sponsored annually with a generous gift from an anonymous donor.

Barbara Heinze, M(ECI)
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Contributors: De Wet Swanepoel, PhD, Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa & Callier Center for Communication Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas, USA; Louis Hofmeyr, MD, ENT, Department of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) & Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Auditory-Vestibular Pathology Associated with HIV/AIDS

Hannah Kim, BAHannah Kim, BA
Vanderbilt University
Test-retest Reliability of Open Hearing Aid Fittings in Children


Jay Vachhani, BSJay Vachhani, BS
Rush University
Contributors: Janet Han, BS, Rush University; Lindsay Daniel, BS, Rush University; Valeriy Shafiro, PhD, Rush University
Comparing Speech-Evoked Auditory Brainstem Responses between the Cz and Fz Montage


Mostafa Youssif, MD, MSMostafa Youssif, MD, MS
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC)
Contributors: Violette Lavender, AuD, CCHMC; Micheal Castiglione, AuD, CCHMC; Holly Lolan-Banks, BA, CCHMC; Robert Keith, PhD, University of Cincinnati; David Brown, CCHMC; Jareen Meinzen-Derr, PhD, CCHMC
Normative Data on Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential in Children


Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Travel Awards

Rebecca Lewis, BS
University of Washington
Atoh1 Promotes Mitotic and Non-Mitotic Forms of Auditory Hair Cell Regeneration in Post-Hatch Chickens

Kendra Marks, BA
Northwestern University
Separating Olivocochlear and Acoustic  Reflex Actions on Otoacoustic Emissions in the Time Domain

Jessica Pierce, BS
East Carolina University
Morphological Correlates of Gravity Receptor Functional Aging

Danielle Zion, BA
University of Maryland
Complex Pitch Processing by School-Aged Children

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