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National Advisory Board


Amayn M. Amlani, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor on the faculty of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Texas. Dr. Amlani holds the M.S. degree in Audiology from Purdue University, and the Ph.D. degree in Audiology from Michigan State University. His research interests include the influence of hearing aid technology on speech and music.


Marshall Chasin, AuD., Doctor of Audiology M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
Recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Recipient of the 2013 Jos Millar Shield (British Society of Audiology).
His  blog about the New Orleans Sound ordinance was posted on Feb 4, 2014 on www.HearingHealthMatters.org/HearTheMusic.

We are honored that Marshall Chasin is one of the crafters of The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic Practice Safe Sounds Initiative. He is the Director of Auditory Research at the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada in Toronto, the Coordinator of Research at the Canadian Hearing Society, and the Director of Research at ListenUp Canada. He received his bachelors in Mathematics and Linguistics at the University of Toronto. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Faculty of Health Sciences (Audiology) at the University of Western Ontario, Adjunct Research Fellow at SUNY at Buffalo, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto (in Linguistics) specializing in Acoustic Phonetics. Chasin has been involved with hearing and hearing aid assessment since 1981, having graduated with an M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, and is the author of over 150 clinically based articles. In 2003, he obtained his AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. He has lectured internationally on music and noise exposure.

Chasin has won several awards over the years including the 2003 Professional Leadership Award for clinical and research work with musicians and performing artists from the Audiology Foundation of America, the Eve Kassirer Award for outstanding professional achievement from CASLPA in 1991, and Honours of the Association from OSLA in 1999.

Chasin is the author of several books, including Musicians and the Prevention of Hearing Loss (1996), CIC Handbook (1997), and Noise Control- A Primer (1999)– all published by Singular Publishing Group, San Diego, CA, as well as Hear the Music, 2001, 2006.


Kris Chesky, Ph.D. plays Jazz trumpet and is an Associate Professor in the College of Music at the University of North Texas where he directs the Texas Center of Music & Medicine teaching courses related to musicians’ health. His research has been funded by the Grammy Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Association of Music Merchants and others, and widely published in numerous scientific journals. Dr. Chesky is the recipient of the 2010 Safe in Sound Award, a national award given by the National Hearing Conservation Association and the National Institutes of Safety and Occupational Health, for his scientific contributions and commitment to hearing loss prevention in Schools of Music across the USA.


S. Benjamin Kanters Associate Professor and associate Chair, Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics Columbia College Chicago where he has been on the faculty since 1993, directing the Audio Design & Production Program in recording arts and technology for the music, film, game and audio post-production industries. He began studying and teaching hearing physiology in 2000, and continues to follow developments in physiology, hearing loss and conservation. In 2007 he founded The Hearing Conservation Workshop, visiting colleges and universities to teach hearing physiology and conservation to future audio and music industry professionals. Recently, a new version of The Workshop has developed for students and professionals in the hearing sciences.
Watch: Learn about Hearing Conservation with Benj Kanters


Laura Kauth, M.A. ( Past President, NHCA) has worked in hearing conservation for twelve years; currently she is an adjunct for the University of Iowa, where she covers hearing loss prevention and occupational audiology. Additionally, she teaches several Occupational Hearing Conservationist courses annually, and works as an independent consultant. Ms. Kauth has been a member of the National Hearing Conservation Association for 12 years, serving on task forces and on the Executive Council since 2006.


David Weightman is a Professor of Industrial Design at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. After obtaining both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial design ( Engineering) from the Royal College of Art in London, he taught on the Industrial Design Transport program at the Coventry University and later, was the Dean of the School of Art and Design at Staffordshire University. He was a consultant to Yamaha, Massey Ferguson, British Rail, BBC television and the Tate Gallery London. Now in the US, his teaching and research involves exploring the new relationship between product users and the design/ manufacturing process with a focus on the effect of new technology. In addition, several recent projects have involved acoustic design and hearing conservation. He is a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design working group on the future of design education and was recently elected as Midwest District Vice President of the Industrial design Society of America.


David S. Woolworth (ASA, NCAC, INCE, BSME, MAPhysics) is an acoustical consultant and working musician (double and electric bass); he guest lectures regularly on architectural acoustics at the Architecture Schools of Mississippi State University and Louisiana State University, as well as in Audiology at the University of Mississippi. Mr. Woolworth has presented over 20 papers internationally on acoustics and noise control. He currently is working on the development of sensible sound management policy for the City of New Orleans and is a member of the Community Noise Working Group ANSI WG S41, as well as creating support materials targeted at architects and school administrators for National Classroom Acoustics Standard ANSI 12.60; areas of research include low frequency noise.


Jennifer Gans, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the psychological impact of deafness and hearing on well-being. She is on the Board of Directors of the Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA), a non-profit professional organization dedicated to providing tinnitus and sound sensitivity care.

In her private practice in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Gans treats clients with tinnitus, hyperacusis, misophonia, and other hearing-related difficulties. She recently completed research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Department of Otolaryngology’s Audiology Clinic on Mindfulness-Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR), with promising results. An experienced MBTSR teacher, she runs mindfulness workshops through UCSF and the Northern California Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Dr. Gans was first introduced to meditation and yoga after a very serious accident in 1996. She was jogging and was struck by a pick-up truck. Her injuries were serious and included a broken neck, hip, knees, tibia, and she was in a coma for five-days. It was during the long recovery period that she was first introduced to meditation as a means of “healing.” While her personal meditation practice began as a way to manage the severe physical pain she was under, she became fascinated with how other areas of her life began to change as she kept up her practice. While Dr. Gans does not have tinnitus herself, her mindfulness practice combined with her years of experience working with hearing related issues in her work as a psychologist and teacher is what has led to her research and development of the Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR) online course.

Years ago, patients started coming to Dr. Gans who were frustrated with persistent tinnitus that was unresponsive to traditional treatments. She introduced her patients to mindfulness as a novel way to manage tinnitus after learning about the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his success with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a program he developed in 1979 for managing chronic pain and other illness. She went on to receive her MBSR professional training from Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center as a participant in the “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine” training program. She went on to receive advanced teacher training and supervision and has been teaching mindfulness practices to individuals and groups of students since.

In 2009, Dr. Gans designed the MBTSR program to teach mindfulness meditation skills to people with chronic tinnitus, helping participants cultivate new ways to relate to the experience of tinnitus and stress in their daily lives.

The foundation of Dr. Gans’ practice has continued to develop through participation in silent retreats and is maintained by sitting daily and actively participating in a mindful community. She has been a speaker at various conferences around the world and continues to research and publish her findings in peer-reviewed journals. By creating the MindfulTinnitusRelief.com Online Course, she hopes to bring tinnitus relief to millions of people around the world.



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