Dr. Ruth Bentler is Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder at the University of Iowa. A native Iowan, Ruth has not strayed far from her roots, as her 40 year professional career has been at the University of Iowa, which is also where she obtained her professional degrees. She is a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology. As the Director of the Hearing Aid Laboratory for Basic and Applied Research there, Dr. Bentler has been involved in numerous research endeavors involving efficacy and effectiveness of modern hearing aid features. She teaches graduate students in courses related to hearing aids and adult auditory rehabilitation and has published over 100 articles and book chapters on the topic.