PHOTO: Ayasakanta Rout

Ayasakanta Rout, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Program Director, Audiology



Education

  • Ph.D. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • M.Sc. (Speech and Hearing) All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore, India
  • B.Sc. (Audiology and Speech Therapy) National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, University of Bombay, 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)
  • Geriatric Audiology (CSD 710)
  • Evidence Based Practice and Professional Issues in Audiology (CSD 810, 820)
  • Undergraduate Introduction to Audiology (CSD 301)

Research Laboratory

Current and Ongoing Research Projects

  • Benchmarking digital signal processing algorithms in hearing aids.
  • Listening effort in hearing aid users and the impact of hearing aid signal processing.
  • Hearing aid benefit and satisfaction with advanced hearing aid technology.

Publications and Manuscripts in Preparation

Research Publications

  • Lakshmi, M.S., Rout, A., Morris, A., and Smaldino, J. (2019). Consumer Opinion of Personal Sound Amplification Products: A Preliminary Sentiment Analysis. American Journal of Audiology, 28: 450-459.
  • Lakshmi, M.S., Rout, A., and O’Donoghue, C.R. (2019). A Systematic Review and meta-analysis of digital noise reduction hearing aids in adults. Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2019.1642394
  • Rout, A. (2017). Wireless connectivity and sensorics in hearing instruments. Journal of the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing. 36: 6-11.
  • Conrad, S.A. and Rout, A. (2013). Perceived occlusion and comfort in receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids. American Journal of Audiology, 22:283-290.

Book Chapters

  • Smaldino, J. and Rout, A. (2019a). Introduction to Hearing Aids and Amplification Systems. In R. Hull (Ed.), Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation (3rd ed., pp. 45-63). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing
  • Smaldino, J. and Rout, A. (2019b). Non-Hearing Aid Hearing Assistive Technology for Adults with Impaired Hearing. In R. Hull (Ed.), Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation (3rd ed., pp. 263-280). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
  • Rout, A. (2018). Audio Signal Processing in Digital Hearing Aids. In J. Galster (Ed.), Audiology Treatment (4th ed). New York, NY: Thieme.
  • Rout, A. (2015). Interprofessional Nature of Audiology. In P. Royal (Ed.), Health Professions Today- Working Together to Provide Quality Care. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

Manuscripts in Revision/submission/Preparation

  • Browning L.M., Nie, Y., Rout, A., and Heiner, M. (revision submitted). Audiologists’ Preferences in Programming Cochlear Implants: A Preliminary Report. Submitted to Cochlear Implant International.

National and International Conference Presentations (last five years)

  • Lakshmi, M.S., Rout, A., Dellinger, A., and Smaldino, J. (January 2018). Text mining consumer perception of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). Poster presented at the annual convention of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association, Mysuru, India.
  • Browning, L., Nie, Y., Rout, A., and Heiner, M. (April 2018). Audiologists’ Preferences in Programming Cochlear Implants. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology, Nashville, TN.
  • Browning, L., Nie, Y., Rout, A., and Heiner, M. (March 2018). Audiologists’ preferences in Programming Cochlear Implants: A Preliminary report. Poster presentation at CI 2018, Washington, DC.
  • Sharp, D., Rout, A., and Barry, C.C. (April 2018). Subjective and Objective differences between premium and mid-level hearing aid technology. Accepted for poster presentation at the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology, Nashville, TN
  • Barry, C.C. and Rout, A. (April 2017). Objective differences between premium and mid-level digital hearing aids. Poster presentation at AudiologyNow, Indianapolis, IN.
  • O’Shaughnessy, C.N., Rout, A., and Smaldino, J. (April 2017). Development of a questionnaire to assess attitudes toward hearing aids. Poster presentation at AudiologyNow, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Rout, A. (April 2016). Reaction time measure is sensitive to changes in listening effort but not listening fatigue. Podium presentation at AudiologyNow, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Athey, H.A., Hulvey, B.I., Ryals, B.M., Clinard, C.G., and Rout, A. (March 2015). Effect of signal to noise ratio on reaction time before and after effortful listening. Poster presentation at AudiologyNow, San Antonio, TX.
  • McGrath, A.G., Gray, L.C., Rout, A., and Ryals, B.M. (March 2015). Variability in clinically measured wideband absorbance over time in young and old adults. Poster presentation at AudiologyNow, San Antonio, TX.
  • Williams, M.M., Clinard, C.G., Rout, A., and Ryals, B.M. (March 2015). Wideband immittance and DPOAE amplitude changes in older adults. Poster presentation at AudiologyNow, San Antonio, TX.
  • Rout, A. (May 2014). The Effect of auditory and visual distraction on acceptable background noise level in NH and HI listeners. Podium presentation at the XXXII World Congress of Audiology, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Rout, A. and Shastany, L.M. (April 2013). Preferable background noise levels for cognitively loaded visual and auditory distracters. Podium presentation at AudiologyNow, Anaheim, CA.

Invited Presentations (Last five years)

  • Rout, A. (March 2019). What Can Eyes Tell About Cognitive Load? Application of Pupillometry in Audiology. Invited online presentation at the National Seminar on Cognition, Speech, Language, and Hearing, Mysuru, India.
  • Rout, A. (Mar 2018). Listening effort and hearing aid technology (Online presentation). National Seminar on Auditory Neuroscience and Cognition, JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, India.
  • Rout, A. (Jan 2018). Listening effort in hearing aid users. Plenary session presentation at the 50th Annual Conference of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association, India.
  • Rout, A. (Aug 17, 2016). Recent Advances in Hearing Aid Technology. Invited Webinar Presentation at the National Seminar on Optimization of Hearing Aid Outcomes. All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, India.
  • Rout, A. (September 2015). Advanced signal processing features in hearing aids: why some do not work as well as others? Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.

Regional / State / Local Presentations (Last five years)

  • Wagner, S., Rout, A., and Lakshmi, M.S. (March 2019). Effect of Hair Covering on Directional Benefit. Annual convention of the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia, Richmond, VA.
  • Lakshmi, M.S. and Rout, A. (Oct 2018). Digital Noise Reduction Hearing Aids: What is the Evidence of Benefit in Adults? Ruth Symposium in Audiology and Hearing Science, James Madison University.
  • Lakshmi, MS, Dellinger, A., Rout, A., and Smaldino, J. (Oct 2017). A text mining analysis of consumer perception of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). Poster presentation at the Ruth Symposium in Audiology and Hearing Science, James Madison University.
  • Browning, L., Nie, Y., Rout, A., and Heiner, M. (Oct 2017). Audiologists’ preference in programming cochlear implants: A preliminary report. Poster presentation at the Ruth Symposium in Audiology and Hearing Science, James Madison University.
  • Leidy, H. and Rout, A. (Oct 2016). Effect of Noise Exposure on Reaction Time. Poster presentation at the Ruth Symposium in Audiology and Hearing Science, James Madison University.
  • O’Shaughnessy, C., Rout, A., and Smaldino, J. (Oct 2016). Hearing aid non-users’ attitudes toward hearing aids. Poster presentation at the Ruth Symposium in Audiology and Hearing Science, James Madison University.
  • Barry, C. and Rout, A. (Oct 2016). Comparison of noise reduction in mid-level versus premium digital hearing aids. Poster presentation at the Ruth Symposium in Audiology and Hearing Science, James Madison University.
  • Rout, A. (October 2015). Listen effort and fatigue: Clinical implications in hearing aid fitting. Podium presentation at the Ruth Symposium in Audiology and Hearing Science, James Madison University.
  • Hulvey, B.I. and Rout, A. (October 2014). Effect of auditory fatigue on reaction time of normal hearing listeners. Poster presented at the Ruth Symposium, James Madison University.
  • Sabri, K.A. and Rout A. (October 2014). Effects of adaptive frequency lowering on phoneme identification and sound quality in hearing aids. Poster presented at the Ruth Symposium, James Madison University.

Honors and Awards

  • James Madison University Provost Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising, 2019.
  • Nominated for the James Madison University College of Integrated Sciences and Technology Outstanding Teaching Award, 2010-11 and 2011-12.
  • Nominated for the James Madison University Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Audiology