- Published on 02 August 2013
Phonak LLC has awarded the 2013 Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award for outstanding achievement in Educational and Pediatric audiology to Erin C. Schafer, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Northern Texas.
Dr. Schafer has continually been on the forefront of published research in the areas of appropriate FM settings, evaluation of FM benefit, and FM orientation, particularly in the context of use with cochlear implants. She also has explored other FM research topics such as evaluating the benefit of ear level FM systems for children on the autism spectrum with normal hearing.
Additionally, she has written several peer-reviewed publications and is the current editor of the Journal of Educational Audiology. Dr. Schafer received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master's degree in Audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas and her Bachelor's degree in Communications Disorders from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX.
Each year, Phonak honors an audiologist working in a school program or in pediatric research within the United States, who made a significant contribution to improve the level of service to hard of hearing children, by sharing his/her exceptional knowledge about communication systems and by working to advance the use of available technologies.