Catherine Palmer, PhD

Beltone Electronics presented the Larry Mauldin Award for Excellence in Education to Catherine Palmer, PhD, at the recent AudiologyNOW! convention in Dallas. Honorees are solely nominated and chosen by their industry peers.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Dr Palmer,” said Todd Murray, president, Beltone North America. “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 innovation.”

Palmer serves as the director of audiology and hearing aids at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. She conducts research in the areas of adult auditory learning post hearing aid fitting as well as matching technology to individual needs. Palmer teaches graduate level amplification courses at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is also the editor-in-chief of Seminars in Hearing. 

In her commitment to hearing as it relates to musicians, Palmer opened the Musicians’ Hearing Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2003, and she has focused on community hearing health since that time—including a partnership with the Pittsburgh public schools and the Pittsburgh Symphony, promoting hearing protection for young and professional musicians.

The Mauldin Award honors 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.  

Founded in 1940, Chicago-based Beltone Electronics is part of the GN Hearing Care Group, using advanced technology to produce hearing instruments sold in the United States, Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. 

[Source: Beltone]