The Latest on Tinnitus Research

Friday, June 19
8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Each year at the HLAA Convention we bring in professionals to speak on specific areas of hearing research. This year’s topic is The Latest on Tinnitus Research. It will feature talks by top scientists and clinicians who will tell us what tinnitus is, what causes it, what is available for treatment and management and how researchers are thinking about treatment and prevention in the future.  The Symposium is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health and is sponsored by Cochlear Americas. 

Meet our HLAA2020 Research Symposium presenters along with a brief summary of their presentations: 

Lynn W. Henselman, Ph.D.

Senior Health Care Consultant/Senior Subject Matter Expert, Pharos Group Incorporated, In support of the Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence

Lynn W. Henselman, Ph.D., Senior Health Care Consultant/Senior Subject Matter Expert, Pharos Group Incorporated, In support of the Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence

Dr. Lynn Henselman is a Senior Health Care Consultant/Senior Subject Matter Expert to the Department of Defense (DoD) Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE). In this position, Dr. Henselman provides strategy, policy, subject matter expertise, interagency coordination, and program integration support to HCE leadership.

Dr. Henselman has more than 35 years of combined executive and staff experience as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VAs’) deputy director to the DoD HCE, a VA congressional and legislative affairs official, a government relations business leader in the private sector, a 20-year U.S. Army officer career, a licensed clinical and research audiologist, and a Professional Staff Member for the House Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Henselman has experience and expertise in military and Veteran health programs. Dr. Henselman earned her Ph.D. in Audiology from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York; MS in Audiology from Vanderbilt University; and a BA in Communication Disorders from the University of Oklahoma.

Colleen Le Prell, Ph.D.

Emilie and Phil Schepps Professor of Hearing Science, University of Texas at Dallas

Colleen Le Prell, Ph.D., Emilie and Phil Schepps Professor of Hearing Science, University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Colleen Le Prell is the Emilie and Phil Schepps Professor of Hearing Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, and head of the UTD Communication Sciences and Disorders area, which includes programs in Speech, Language, and Hearing. She has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, several foundations, and industry.

Translational research in her laboratory is directed at prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. She has published more than 65 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and is an Associate Editor for both the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and the International Journal of Audiology. She has edited 3 books and contributed 19 book chapters to various texts. She is a Past-President of the National Hearing Conservation Association, a current member of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Hearing Loss Prevention Cross Sector Council, and she has contributed to the World Health Organization “Make Listening Safe” annual consultation annually since 2017.

Richard Tyler, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist Phychoacoustician/Audiologist, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Richard Tyler, Ph. D. , Staff Scientist Phychoacoustician/Audiologist, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Rich was trained as a clinical Audiologist at The University of Western Ontario
and then as a Psychoacoustician at The University of Iowa. He worked initially
at the Institute of Hearing Research in the United Kingdom and is currently a
Professor in both the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
and in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the
University of Iowa. Rich has been a visiting scholar in China, South Africa, Australia, Sweden, Poland, Germany and France.

He has published articles on signal processing hearing aids, cochlear implants and on auditory training. His main areas of interest now include tinnitus and hyperacusis. He edited a book, Cochlear Implants: Audiological Foundations, and several on tinnitus, including Tinnitus Handbook, Tinnitus Treatments, and A Consumer Handbook of Tinnitus. He sees tinnitus patients weekly, and hosts an annual Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Treatment Workshop every June. He has served on committees for the National Science Foundation, the World Health Organization, the Department of Defense, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the Veterans Administration.


HLAA2020 attendees are eligible to apply for a grant up to $200 to help defray the cost of child and family care so they may attend the Research Symposium. Contact Amanda Watson if you are interested in applying.