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. (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.
  • Evaluation of the impact of real ear measurements during hearing aid fitting.

Publications and Manuscripts in Preparation

Research Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.

Book Chapters

  1. Rout, A. (Upcoming). Digital Signal Processing in Hearing Aid Technology. In J. Galster (Ed.), Audiology Treatment (4th Ed). New York: Thieme.
  2. Rout, A. (2015). Interprofessional Nature of Audiology. In P. Royal (Ed.), Health Professions Today- Working Together to Provide Quality Care. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Manuscripts in Revision/submission/Preparation

  • Rout, A., Hulvey, B., Athey, H. (In preparation). Effect of listening effort and listening fatigue on reaction time: Implications for hearing aid fitting.
  • Lakshmi, MS, Dellinger, A., Rout, A., and Smaldino, J. (Submitted). A text mining analysis of consumer perception of personals sound amplification products (PSAPs).
  • Rout, A. (Submitted). Wireless technology and sensorics in hearing aid related applications. Invited perspective article, Journal of the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing.

National and International Conference Presentations (last five years)

  • 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.
  • Conrad, S.A. and Rout, A. (March 2012). Perceived occlusion and comfort in open-fit hearing instruments in elderly hearing-impaired listeners. Annual Convention of the American Academy of Audiology, Boston, MA.

Invited Presentations (Last five years)

  • 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.
  • Rout, A. (December 2012). Advanced signal processing features in hearing aids: why some do not work as well as others? All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, University of Mysore, India.

Regional / State / Local Presentations (Last five years)

  • 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.
  • Ripley, E.A., and Rout, A. (October 2013). The effects of auditory and visual distraction on preferred background noise level in hearing impaired listeners. Poster presented at the Ruth Symposium, James Madison University.
  • McDermott, J.A., Rout, A., Halling, D.H., and Salib, E.H. (March 2013). Auditory, visual, vibrotactile feedback and iPod listening levels. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia.
  • Rout, A. (October 2012). Coefficient of agreement in pairwise comparison: Application in hearing aid research. Podium presentation at the Ruth Symposium, James Madison University.

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 Program 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