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CSD Faculty named Editor in Chief by Ear and Hearing

PHOTO: Dr. Brenda RyalsBrenda M. Ryals, Ph. D. has been named Editor in Chief for the American Auditory Society’s official journal Ear and Hearing. According to their website:

“the primary aims of the Society are to increase knowledge and understanding of the ear, hearing and balance; disorders of the ear, hearing, and balance, and preventions of these disorders; and habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing and balance dysfunction.

To attain these goals, the Society coordinates and disseminates information, particularly through the holding of regular meetings, and through publication of professional, scientific, educational, and informational media. Because of the multiple-disciplinary nature of the Society's membership, (audiology, otolaryngology, dispensing, engineering, psychoacoustics, etc.), the Society provides a formal platform for the interchange of information from allied professional fields.”

Originally founded in 1974 as the American Audiology Society, the name was changed to the American Auditory Society (AAS) in 1978. Published bi-monthly the journal of the Society, Ear and Hearing, prints original research articles as well as scientific review articles, brief reports, letters to the editor and resource reviews. Manuscripts are submitted for peer-review using a web-based system; articles accepted for publication are published both electronically and in hard-copy format. Ear and Hearing’s history of both high immediacy index and high impact factor has contributed to the high regard the journal has earned among peers. In 2005 54% of the articles submitted were from countries outside the US and Canada affirming the journals strong international standing.

Dr. Ryals has been a member of the organization for over 30 years and has served in several capacities including Section Editor of Ear and Hearing from 1994-2001 and President of the AAS from 2000-2001. Only the 4th Editor-in-Chief since the inception of the journal, Dr. Ryals was selected from a pool of invited applicants by a search committee convened by the Executive Board of Directors of the AAS. Currently in transition she will officially assume all duties on January 1.