Plural Supports Student Research Forum Awards at AudiologyNOW!

Each year, five recipients present their research findings at AudiologyNOW! and receive a $500 award from the Foundation as sponsored by Plural. We congratulate this year’s very deserving award recipients.

SRF Group Photo

Messages from the award recipients:

“It was a great honor and privilege to be selected and given the opportunity to present my research project and represent the University of North Texas in the Student Research Forum. From applying to presenting, the experience was full of nervousness. However, the possibility of presenting the research that I devoted so much time to in the last 3 years on a national stage was something I could not pass up. I am so very appreciative to the Foundation and Plural Publishing for allowing five students the opportunity to gain experience in public speaking and share the work that is so meaningful to them. I enjoyed meeting the four other students involved, Dr. Samuel Atcherson from the University of Arkansas, and other representatives from audiology programs and the Academy.  It would not have been possible for me to be selected without the hard work and dedication of my mentor, Dr. Amyn Amlani. The experience could not have been more perfect and I am appreciative for the award.”

Kyle Harber | Au.D. Student | University of North Texas

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AudiologyNOW! 2016 Author Signing Schedule

AudiologyNOW! attendees – Meet our authors and connect with experts in the field! Stop by the Plural booth (#301) for the following Meet the Author sessions: 

Thursday, April 14, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet Marc Fagelson, BA, MS, PhD 
Co-editor of Tinnitus: Clinical and Research Perspectives

Marc Fagelson   Tinnitus

Thursday, April 14, 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Meet Mark DeRuiter, MBA, PhD and Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD
Authors of Basic Audiometry Learning Manual, Second Edition 

Mark DeRuiter   Virginia Ramachandran   Basic Audiometry Learning Manual, Second Edition

Friday, April 15, 11:00 – 11:30 am
Meet Ruth Bentler, PhD, H. Gustav Mueller, PhD, and Todd A. Ricketts, PhD
Authors of Modern Hearing Aids: Verification, Outcome Measures, and Follow-Up  

Ruth Bentler   H. Gustav Mueller   Todd A. Ricketts  Bentler_MHA.jpg

Congratulations to Ruth Bentler, 2016 recipient of the Jerger Award for Research in Audiology. 

Friday, April 15, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Meet Anne Marie Tharpe, PhD
Co-editor of Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology, Second Edition

Anne Marie Tharpe   Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology

Congratulations to Anne Marie Tharpe, 2016 recipient of the Marion Downs Award for Excellence in Pediatric Audiology. 

2016 Awards and Honors

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Plural Publishing Research Awards given in honor of the late Dr. Sadanand Singh, Plural’s founder. These two scholarships are awarded by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the honorees and their faculty sponsors will be acknowledged at the annual CAPCSD meeting award banquet, in San Antonio, TX on March 31.

At the MS/AuD level, the award went to Chelsea Hull of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Working with advisor Dr. Sherri Jones, Chelsea is researching the impact of Sound Field Amplification (SFA) devices, specifically the REDCAT amplification system, on student academic outcomes and teacher perspectives of this amplification system on academic improvement.

CAPCSD Scholarship Chelsea Hull

Chelsea Hull                                                         Au.D. Student                                             University of Nebraska-Lincoln

At the PhD level, the award was given to Nancy Quick of the University of North Carolina. Under advisor Dr. Melody Harrison, the focus of Nancy’s research is on investigating the impact of underlying linguistic sources of knowledge on spelling among children with hearing aids, cochlear implants and normal hearing, utilizing a multilinguistic analytic approach.

CAPCSD Scholarship Nancy Quick

Nancy Quick, M.S. CCC-SLP               University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PhD Candidate in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Class of 2017

Congratulations Chelsea and Nancy on your achievements!

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ASHA 2015 Preview

The 2015 ASHA Convention starts November 12 in Denver and is shaping up to be one of the largest ever. If you are attending this year’s meeting, please stop by our booth (#804) for the following:

  • Save 20% with free shipping!
  • Connect with experts at one of our Meet the Author sessions (schedule to be announced November 11)
  • Browse our new textbooks and request a review copy for your course
  • Meet with Valerie Johns, Executive Editor, about any ideas for a new book

Attend the session, then buy the book!
We have many new books debuting by authors that are presenting at ASHA 2015 on their book topics.

Session Title: Drawing from Different Settings: A Panel Presentation on School-Based Swallowing & Feeding
Presenter(s):  Emily Homer (presenting author); Lisa Mabry-Price (presenting author); Kim Priola (presenting author); Gayla Lutz (presenting author); Donna Edwards  (presenting author); Lissa Power-deFur (presenting author)
Day: Thursday, November 12, 2015 Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM                                     Book title(s): Management of Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in Schools and Common Core State Standards and the Speech-Language Pathologist: Standards-Based Intervention for Special Populations

Session Title: Assessing the Validity of Remote MAPping for Children With Cochlear Implants
Presenter(s): Emma Rushbrooke (presenting author); Louise Hickson; Belinda Henry; Wendy Arnott
Day: Thursday, November 12, 2015 Time: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Book title(s): Telepractice in Audiology and Evidence-Based Practice in Audiology: Evaluating Interventions for Children and Adults with Hearing Impairment 

Session Title: Trauma & Tinnitus
Presenter(s): Marc Fagelson (presenting author)
Day: Thursday, November 12, 2015 Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Book title: Tinnitus: Clinical and Research Perspectives 

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2015 Plural Publishing Research Award Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2015 Plural Publishing Research Awards given in honor of the late Dr. Sadanand Singh. These two scholarships are awarded by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the honorees and their faculty sponsors were acknowledged at the annual CAPCSD meeting, which took place this year in Newport Beach, California, April 15-18.

“We received 82 complete applications for the Research Awards this year. The quality was very high in all of these applications, making for a lively review process. In the end, there was one each at the MS/AuD level and the PhD level that were truly outstanding,” according to Richard C. Folsom, who chaired the award committee this year.

Eric Bostwick, 2015 Research Award Winner

Eric Bostwick, 2015 Plural Research Award Winner

At the MS/AuD level, the award went to Eric Bostwick at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eric is an AuD student working with Dr. Bob Lutfi and his research is entitled, “Decision Weights and Stimulus-Frequency Otoacoustic Emissions.”

Bridget Perry, 2015 Research Award Winner

Bridget Perry, 2015 Plural Research Award Winner

At the PhD level, the award went to Bridget Perry at the MGH Institute in Boston. Bridget is a PhD student working with Dr. Jordan Green and her research is entitled “Early Detection of Dysphagia in ALS.”

Advice for Audiology Students from Plural Authors

graduationGraduation can be an exciting and yet terrifying time. What do you do now that you’ve graduated and completed all your hard studies? Many turn to advice from those who are more experienced to aid them in making a decision.

We were fortunate to sit down with several of our authors in the field of audiology at the AudiologyNOW! meeting this past April. We asked these seasoned experts what advice they would give to students or anyone starting out in the communication disorders professions. Their responses were heartfelt, candid, a little irreverent, but definitely reveal a deep love for their profession.

Some of their advice-

  • Consider going into private practice
  • Get an MBA/other higher degree
  • Be true to yourself; do what you want to do and do it well
  • Continue learning about the industry/technology
  • Communicate with patients better than your peers

We hope you enjoy!

The Voice Foundation 42nd Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice

vflogoPlural will be exhibiting at this year’s symposium and displaying many of the books written by this year’s presenters. The following is our list of recommended sessions led or moderated by our esteemed authors:

Thursday, May 30th

10:30 am – 11:00 pm


The Westin Philadelphia Hotel: Grand Ballroom

10:30 am Vocal Training Mitigates the Effects of Age on Rat Vocalizations and Laryngeal Neuromuscular Junctions

  • Aaron M. Johnson, Michelle R. Ciucci, Nadine P. Connor

10:45 am Aging Induces Severe Metabolic and Contractile Dysfunction in the Rat Posterior Cricoarytenoid Muscle

11:00 am – 12:00 pm


  • Chair: Christy Ludlow

11:00 am Analyzing the Pitch-Shift-Reflex

  • Simon Petermann, Michael Döllinger, Lisa Göderer,  Ulrich Eysholdt, Anke Ziethe

11:15 am The Effect of Singers` Positions on Vocal Tract Configurations  During Professional Singing

  • Matthias Echternach, Luisa Traser, Michael Burdumy,  Marco Vicari, Bernhard Richter

11:30 am Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Christy Ludlow
  • Guest Panelists: Michael M. Johns III, Brenda Jo Smith, author of the new Choral Pedagogy, Third Edition
  • Panelists: Johnson, Stemple, Petermann, Echternach

6:15 – 7:00 pm


  • Chair: Linda Carroll

The Westin Philadelphia Hotel: Salon II

6:15 pm Voice Lab: Nuts and Bolts


Friday, May 31


Technology in the 21st Century Voice Studio


Saturday, June 1


Westin Philadelphia Hotel: Grand Ballroom, Salon I

9:15 am Spectral Analysis of Digital Kymography in Normal Adult Vocal Folds

10:00 am Degree of Dysplasia Based on Virus Typing in Patients with Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Treated with Cidofovir

11:10 am G. Paul Moore Lecture by Thomas Murry, Plural author and consulting editor.

12:45 pm Development of the Voice Catastrophization Index: A Preliminary Investigation

1:00 pm Development and Preliminary Validation of a Tool to Measure Perceived Singing Voice Function (EASE)

  • Debbie Phyland, Michael S. Benninger author of The Singer’s Voice, Susan Thibeault, Julie Pallant, Neil Vallance, Julian Smith

3:00 pm New Treatment Option for Phonotraumatic Voice Disorders: Skin Surface Stimulation of Acupoints

  • Edwin M.L. Yiu author of Handbook of Voice Assessments, K.M.-K. Chan, E. Kwong, W. Tse, S. Wong, R. Tsang, Katherine Verdolini Abbott author of Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy
  • Package, Z.X. Lin, W. Wei

4:00 pm Examination of Vocal Hygiene and Adherence to Home-Practice on Therapy Outcomes in Children with Bilateral Vocal Fold Lesions

  • Susan Baker Brehm, Barbara Weinrich and Lisa Kelchner authors of the upcoming Pediatric Voice, Stephanie Zacharias, Janet Middendorf, Janet Beckmeyer, Meredith Tabangin, Alessandro de Alarcon

4:15 pm Contemporary Management Approaches in Pediatric Vocal Health: A Cross-Cultural Comparison


The Franklin Room (Upstairs)


Sunday, June 2

9:00 am Comparison of Parent-Reported Vocal Symptoms with Pediatric Voice Handicap Index Scores in Children with Vocal Fold Lesions

  • Barbara Weinrich, Susan Baker Brehm, Stephanie Zacharias, Janet Middendorf, Janet Beckmeyer, Lisa Kelchner, Meredith Tabangin, Alessandro de Alarcon

9:15 am Arytenoid Chondroma

  • Jaime Eaglin Moore, Amanda Hu, Robert T. Sataloff

9:30 am Office-based Pulse-dye Laser Surgery for Laryngeal Lesions: A Retrospective Review

  • Amanda Hu, Aaron Centric, Yolanda, Heman-Ackah, Venu Divi, Robert T.Sataloff

3:45 pm The Low-Mandible Maneuver and its Resonential Implications for Singers of International Rank

  • Garyth Nair, Angelika Nair



Plural’s Commitment to Research

The founders of Plural Publishing, the late Dr. Sadanand Singh and his wife and current CEO, Angie Singh, demonstrated their deep commitment to the Communications Science and Disorders and Audiology professions by establishing five scholarships to be awarded each year to worthy candidates who are engaged in important research for their respective fields of interest.  In addition to the above awards, two Plural Publishing Research Scholarships, in honor of Dr. Sadanand Singh, are awarded at CAPCSD each year to support master-level and a doctoral-level graduate student research.  Our belief is that education extends far beyond the classroom and that the research conducted in these fields is of vital importance to everyone, from student to clinician to academician.


It is our pleasure to announce this year’s winners of the 2013 Plural Publishing Research Scholarship Awards in Honor of Dr. Sadanand Singh given out by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD). We had many fine applicants this year making it a very tough decision. Congratulations to Doctoral Winner Suzanne N. King and Master’s Winner Whitney Holman.

Scholarship winners: Suzanne N. Kind and Whitney Holamn

Doctoral Winner: Suzanne N. King

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Susan L. Thibeault, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Faculty Advisor

“Characterization of immune cells in vocal fold scarring”


Master’s Winner: Whitney Holman

St. Cloud State University

Dr. Sarah Smits-Bandstra, Faculty Advisor

“Neurological Speech Planning Processes in Parkinson’s Disease”


We would also like to proudly congratulate this year’s five Student Research Forum Awardees: Thomas Wise, Julianne Ceruti, Virginia Ramachandran, Andrew Keiner, and Carolyn Whitcomb. They presented their award winning research and received their awards at the AudiologyNOW! 2013 Conference in Anaheim, CA two weeks ago.  The Student Research Forum is funded by the AAA Foundation with underwriting support provided by Plural Publishing.

Below are the winners pictured with Dick Danielson, Chris Spankovich, and our CEO Angie Singh:

Thomas Wise



The Effect of Surface Modifications of Titanium Substrates on Spiral Ganglia Dendrite Outgrowth –  Thomas Wise, AuD Student, SDSU/UCSD





Julianne Ceruti

ABR and Behavioral Off-Frequency Masking Patterns –  Julianne Ceruti, BA, University of Connecticut





Virginia Ramachandran

Longitudinal Outcomes of DPOAEs and WBR in Infants –  Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD, Wayne State University






Andrew Keiner

Tinnitus Comparison of Electric and Acoustic Stimulation in Patients with a Cochlear Implant –  Andrew Keiner, MS Audiology; AuD student, University of Iowa




Carolyn Whitcomb


Clinical Utility of Rotational Chair Testing in the Diagnosis of Migraine Associated Vertigo and Chronic Subjective Dizziness –  Carolyn Whitcomb, BA, Dent Neurologic Institute/ Hearing Evaluation Services of Buffalo




We are also proud to announce that Plural will be honored this year with CAPCSD’s Distinguished Contributions Award. The award will be presented to our CEO Angie S. Singh during the annual CAPCSD meeting at a ceremony which will be held on Thursday, April 18th during the evening banquet.

AudiologyNOW! Schedule of Author Signings

Thursday, April 4:

12:00-1:00 pm: Robert G. Glaser and Robert M. Traynor, authors of the new Strategic Practice Management, Second Edition

2:00-3:00 pm: Brian Taylor, H. Gustav Mueller, Ruth Bentler and Todd Ricketts, authors of many books on hearing aids

3:30pm-4:00 pm:  Virginia Ramachandran and Brad Stach, authors of the new Professional Communication in Audiology

Thursday Signing AudiologyNOW

Friday, April 5:

9:00-10:00am: Lisa Hunter and Navid Shahnaz authors of the new Acoustic Immittance Measures: Basic and Advanced Practice
10:00-11:00am: Donna Geffner, co-author of Auditory Processing Disorders, Second Edition

11:00-12:00pm: Devin L. McCaslin, author of Electronystagmography and Videonystagmography (ENG/VNG)

12:00-1:00pm: Joseph J. Montano and Jaclyn B. Spitzer, authors of the new Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation, Second Edition

2:00-3:00 pm: René H. Gifford, author of the new Cochlear Implant Patient Assessment: Evaluation of Candidacy, Performance, and Outcomes

Friday Signing AudiologyNOW

**Make sure to come out and visit us at AudiologyNOW! for our author signings so you can meet the authors.

Does Anybody Hear Me? Hearing as a Public Health Issue

This week’s post is an excerpt from the American Academy of Audiology Foundations’s An EAR to the Ground Report.  We will be distributing the full report at our booth at AudiologyNow! in April so please stop by to pick up a free copy. Enjoy!

Reprinted/republished with permission from the American Academy of Audiology.

Just over a decade ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that, worldwide, noise-induced hear­ing impairment is the most prevalent irreversible occupational hazard. In the WHO’s 1999 “Guidelines for Community Noise,” it was estimated that over 120 million people worldwide had disabling hearing difficul­ties (Environmental Health Perspectives 113, no. 1 [January 2005]). The causes of the growing noise pollution problem include increased population growth, urban sprawl, lack of noise-reduction regulations, an increasing number of vehicles and air traffic, and human dependence on noise-producing electronics.

In Gordon Hempton’s One Square Inch of Silence, the author identifies silence as an endangered species. Indeed, he quotes Nobel Prize–winning bacteriologist Robert Koch to reinforce the potential future impact of noise pollution: “The day will come when man will have to fight noise as inexorably as cholera and the plague.” In his pursuit of silence, Hempton traverses the United States measuring the deci­bel levels of machines, cars, airplanes, rain, and even deer trekking through the woods. He visits state parks and federal buildings/department offices (the Federal Aviation Administration, for example). He informs, educates, and attempts to increase awareness of noise pollution and prevention. He perseveres, undaunted and optimistic in a time when, as he notes, noise is so prevalent, it’s taken for granted—so much so that noise is not among the 25 metrics that constitute the Environmental Performance Index rankings issued annu­ally by Yale University’s Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Those rankings include drinking water, indoor air pollution, industrial CO2 emissions, and pesticide regula­tion. The reason that noise pollution is excluded, according to the center’s director, is lack of consistent data collected methodologically among more than 150 countries.

Additionally, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that over 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous sound levels on the job (“Work Related Hearing Loss,” NIOSH Publication No. 2001-103, While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide hearing protection to workers who are overexposed to noise on the job, OSHA recognizes that the problem is difficult to monitor. In spite of requirements that include employer implementation of a continuing, effective hearing conservation program, the problem is not abating. Worse, noise pollution, both on and off the job, has a growing impact on quality of life.

Chew Faster, the Noise Is Killing Me—Purposeful Noise: Some workplace and environmental noise is purposeful. In April 2010, CNN aired a segment on how restaurants use loud music to help turn over tables and increase consumption. According to the segment, “In the mid-1980s, researchers at Fairfield University dem­onstrated that people increased their rate of chewing by almost a third when listening to faster, louder music, accelerating from 3.83 bites a minute to 4.4 bites a minute. A 2008 study in France further found that when music decibels are amped up, men not only consumed more drinks but consumed them in less time.”

Anti-noise activists describe the effect of “second­hand noise” as similar to that of secondhand smoke. In an article published in the July/August 2010 issue of Audiology Today, a study on the effects of utility-scale wind turbines shows that the production of low-frequency noise and vibration from these turbines can have nega­tive effects on people living and working near them. While the noise produced is not believed to cause hearing loss, it is known that the “emissions” do cause sleep disturbances. Coined “Wind- Turbine Syndrome,” other symptoms include headache, visceral vibratory vestibular disturbance, dizziness, tinnitus, ear pressure/pain, external auditory canal sensation, memory and concentration deficits, irritabil­ity, and fatigue. On October 6, 2010, the New York Times online business feed reported on efforts in a small Maine community to remove a new local wind farm. According to the article, “Lawsuits and complaints about turbine noise, vibrations and subsequent lost property value have cropped up in Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Massachusetts, among other states. In one case in DeKalb County, Ill., at least 38 families have sued to have 100 turbines removed from a wind farm there. A judge rejected a motion to dismiss the case in June.”

It’s Hear, It’s Everywhere: And the United States is not alone. Other countries are also plagued by increased noise pollution. According to the European Environment Agency, over 65 percent of the population is exposed to ambi­ent sound at levels above 55 dBA, while over 17 percent is exposed to levels above 65 dBA (Environmental Health Perspectives 113, no. 1 [January 2005]). This exposure can lead to hearing loss as well as other health and learning problems. It’s not just about hearing loss prevention and restoration—it’s a matter of systemic health and well-being.