April 20, 2007,

Beltone Electronics awarded the Larry Mauldin Award for Excellence in Education to Carole E. Johnson, PhD, AuD, at AudiologyNOW!, April 20.  

The Mauldin Award was created to honor the accomplishments of the late Larry Mauldin, especially for his work and commitment to education in the field of audiology.  Presented since 1999, the award is given to an industry leader committed to continuing education and unselfishly giving back to the profession, the community and the hearing impaired.  The recipient of this special honor is nominated and selected by industry peers. Beltone sponsors the award.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Dr. Johnson,” said Todd Murray, President, Beltone USA. “Her extraordinary contributions to audiology education in the hearing care industry are profound. We are grateful for her ongoing efforts to improve our industry through continuing education and by mentoring our future hearing care practitioners. ”

Johnson is a professor and doctor of audiology program coordinator and chief advisor in the department of communication disorders at Auburn University. She especially enjoys teaching, advising, and involving undergraduate and AuD students in the research process. Johnson is Director of the Auditory Rehabilitation Laboratory at Auburn University and in the past has received funding from the NIDCD-NIH supporting her work investigating developmental speech perception in reverberation and noise.  She has published 45 articles; two textbooks, including Guidebook for Support Programs in Aural Rehabilitation and Handbook of Outcomes Measurement in Audiology; and has made over 75 presentations at national and international professional meetings. Her area of expertise is auditory rehabilitation particularly focusing on hearing support programs. She has supervised students in developing these programs for elderly residents of East Central Alabama. Moreover, she has designed innovative continuing education (CE) activities for physicians and allied-health professionals that facilitate successful team-building for reaching underserved populations in challenging service-delivery sites. 
An active member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), Johnson has served on numerous committees and task forces. She currently serves on the AAA Public Relations Committee and the AAA Education Committee.  As chairwoman of the AAA CE sub-committee, she developed the AAA’s CE Algorithm, incorporating rigorous professional standards into a transparent course review process for the hearing healthcare industry.  The sub-committee was instrumental in developing e-Audiology, AAA’s on-line CE program for busy professionals.  In addition, Johnson was guest editor for a special issue of Seminars in Hearing, dedicated to contemporary Audiology CE.