Lab News

Two lab members receive 2019 AAS Travel Award

Kristin Johnson and Zoë Dinger each received a competitive 2019 Travel Award from the American Auditory Society for the 2019 meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. Kristin presented her poster “Examining Involvement of Olivocochlear Efferents for Frequency Discrimination” and Zoë presented her poster “Wideband Tympanometry: Contralateral Acoustic Reflexes and Normative Data”.

Lab Member Receives Travel Award

Lab member Kristin Johnson received a 2018 Travel Award from the American Auditory Society. Kristin will present at the Resident and Graduate Student Mentored Research Poster Session at the Annual Scientific and Technology Meeting of the American Auditory Society in March 2018. Her presentation is entitled “Assessing Olivocochlear Efferent Contributions to Speech Understanding in Noise”.



In November 2017, Dr. Mertes received a New Investigators Research Grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. This study will examine how the auditory system responds to dynamic background noises that we often encounter in daily listening situations.

University of Illinois grant awarded

In April 2017, Dr. Mertes received an Arnold O. Beckman Research Award from the Campus Research Board of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This funded study will examine how the inner ear and brain respond to real-world noises such as multiple people talking simultaneously. We are currently seeking volunteers to participate in this study. Please contact us at if you are interested in participating.