James Madison University

Ayasakanta Rout, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director of Audiology

PHOTO: Ayasakanta Rout
  • Office: HBS 1010
  • Phone: 540-568-3874
  • Email: routax@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4304
    235 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Education

  • Ph.D. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • M.Sc. All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore, India
  • B.Sc. National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Bombay University, India

Research and Teaching

Areas of research interest:

  • Benefit from Amplification
  • Signal Processing in Hearing Aids
  • Speech Perception in Individuals with Hearing Loss

Areas of Teaching:

  • Introduction to Amplification (CSD 551)
  • Advanced Hearing Aids (CSD 622)
  • Cochlear Implants (CSD 720)
  • Geriatric Audiology (CSD 710)
  • Audiologic Assessment (CSD 514)

Research Laboratory


Current and Ongoing Research Projects

  • Benchmarking digital signal processing algorithms in hearing aids.
  • Acceptable Noise Level for different target speech (rapid, conversational, and clear speech)
  • Evaluation of the impact of real ear measurements during hearing aid fitting

Publications and Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Rout, A., Neel, A.T., and Laflen, J.B. (in review). Effect of spectral enhancement on speech perception of individuals with cochlear hearing loss. Journal of Acoustical Society of America.
  • Jessee, S.K., Rout, A., and Gray, L.C. (in review). Subjective and objective evaluation of wind noise reduction in digital hearing aids. American Journal of Audiology.
  • Conrad, S.A. and Rout, A. (Submitted). Perceived occlusion and comfort in receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids. American Journal of Audiology
  • Rout, A., Goldman, J.J., Ryals, B. M. (in preparation). Acceptable noise levels for clear, conversational, and fast speech.
  • Gray, L.C., Rout, A., and Campanola, L.E. (in preparation). Direction and magnitude of differences in judgments of hearing aid noise reduction.
  • Rout, A., Hanline, L., and Halling, D. (2008). New stimuli for evaluation of multichannel noise reduction. Proceedings of the European Federation of Audiological Societies, ISBN 3-9809869-6-9, P35, pp 1-4.
  • Surprenant, A., Hura, S., Harper, M., Jamieson, L., Long, G., Thede, S., Rout, A., Hseueh T, Hockema, SA, Johnson, M., Srinivasan, P., White, C. and Laflen, JB (1999). Familiarity and pronounceability of nouns and names. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments and Computers. 31(4): 638-649.

National and International Conference Presentations (last five years)

  • Rout, A. (Dec, 2010). Open-fit digital hearing instruments: five core issues for the clinician. International Symposium of Audiological Medicine, India.
  • Rout, A., Goldman, J.J., Ryals, B.M., and Halling, D.C. (April, 2010). Acceptable noise Levels for Clear, Conversational, and Fast Speech. American Academy of Audiology, San Diego, CA.
  • Sporck, S.K., Rout, A., and Monk, K. (Mar, 2010). American Auditory Society, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Halling, D.C., Knox, C., Salib, E., and Rout, A. (Nov, 2009). The Effect of Visual Feedback of Sound Intensity on Preferred iPod Listening Levels. Annual Conference of the American
  • Speech Language and Hearing Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Rout, A., Hanline, L., and Halling, D. (June, 2007). New stimuli for evaluation of multichannel noise reduction. European Federation of Audiological Societies joint meeting with 10th Congress of the German Audiologic Society, Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Sadler, J., Ratigan, J., Syms, M., and Rout, A. (April, 2007). BAHA effects on single sided deafness speech recognition. Annual Convention of the American Academy of Audiology, Denver, CO.
  • Rout, A., Hanline, L., and Halling, D. (April, 2007). Novel stimuli for electroacoustic evaluation of multichannel noise reduction hearing aids. Annual Convention of the American Academy of Audiology, Denver, CO
  • Rout, A., Hanline, L., and Halling, D. (March, 2007). A comparative electroacoustic evaluation of digital noise reduction in hearing aids. Annual Meeting of the American Auditory Society, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Rout, A., Laflen, J.B., Neel, A.T., Long, G.R., and Ricketts, T.A. (March, 2006). Hearing loss, spectral enhancement, and speech recognition.  Annual Meeting of the American Auditory Society, Scottsdale, AZ.

Honors and Awards

  • Nominated for the James Madison University Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, 2011
  • Nominated for the College of Integrated Sciences and Technology Outstanding Teacher Award, 2011
  • Ida Institute Fellow, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2010
  • Ida Institute Academic Panel Travel Fellowship, Gainesville, FL, October 2009
  • Nominated for the College of Integrated Sciences and Technology Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 2008.
  • Successful Grant Writing Workshop Travel Award, Deafness Research Foundation & NIDCD, March 2006
  • Purdue Research Foundation Fellowship, 2000, 2001.
  • International Hearing Aid Research Conference (IHCON), Student Scholarship, 2000.
  • American Academy of Audiology, Outstanding Student Investigator Award, 1999.
  • American Speech-Language and Hearing Foundation, Science and Research Career Forum Travel Fellowship, 1999.
  • Annual Academic Excellence Scholarship, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, 1995, 1996.
  • Outstanding Podium Presentation in Audiology, Annual Convention of the Indian Speech-Language & Hearing Association, Calcutta, India, 1995.
  • Special Recognition Award for establishing Newborn Hearing Screening program at Tripolia Hospital, Patna, India, 1994.

Service

  • Assistant Editor,  Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
  • Ad-Hoc reviewer: Ear & Hearing, Thieme, AJA

University/College Level Service

  • Graduate Council

Departmental Level Service

  • Director of Graduate Programs in Audiology
  • Ph.D. Council, Dept. of CSD, James Madison University
  • Audiology Council, Dept. of CSD, James Madison University
  • Webmaster, Dept. of CSD, James Madison University
  • Ruth Symposium

Professional Affiliations

  • American Auditory Society, Member
  • American Academy of Audiology, Affiliate
  • International Society for Audiology, Member