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Ask an Acoustician:
Sandra Gar-don-Salant:
Sandra Gordon-Salant Nleet Sandra or-dun-Salant
Address: In this edition of “Ask a.n Acoustician,” we hear from
D ,  Sandra Gordon-Salant. Sandy is a professor in the De-
eparttnent of Hearing and _ _ _
, - -, partment of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the Umver-
Speed‘ S°‘°"°°‘ ‘ -1" . sity of Mar land Colle e P k (h d d ) Sh ‘
University of Maryland Y ’  at espum '6, u ' e 15
7251 Preinkert Drive 9 ‘ well known for her studies on speech perception and ag-
College Park, Maryland 20742  ing. Sandy is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of Amer-
USA ica (ASA) and a Fellow and Honoree of the American
" Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has
Email-‘ won numerous awards for her research and teaching ac-
Sgsa1ant@umd-edu ' = - ‘ tivities. Sandy can tell you the rest.
A Canversatian with Sandra Gordon-Salant,
Micheal L. Dent in |-Iar Vvgp-d5
Address: Tell us about your Work.
Department of Psychology My position as professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of
University at Buffalo Maryland encompasses the three prongs of academia: research, teaching, and ser-
State University of N ew York vice (administration), although the majority of my time is devoted to research. My
B76 Park Hall research program broadly examines factors that contribute to speech perception
Buffalo, NewYm_k14260 difficulties of older people in everyday listening situations (Gordon—Salant and
USA Fitzgibbons, 1993, 2001). The underlying theory driving much of this work is that
auditory temporal-processing deficits of older people contribute to altered per-
E'”“il" ception of speech (Gordon—Salant et al., 2008). Work in the lab also examines the
md°“t@b“fia1°'ed“ impact of reduced audibility associated with age-related hearing loss and age—re-
lated cognitive decline in specific cognitive domains to understanding fast speech,
accented speech, reverberant speech, auditory-visual asynchronous speech, and
speech in a background of competing talkers (e.g., Gordon—Salant et al., 2010,
2017). References and links to all of my published work can be found on my lab
website at Also, see the article in this issue of Acoustics Today
by Anderson, Gordon-Salant, and Dubno that talks about some of our work.
Describe your career path.
I grew up in an era in which the double standard was firmly entrenched in our so-
ciety and in my parents’ home in Plainview, NY. There were three professions that
women could pursue: teacher, nurse, or secretary. My parents decided I would be-
come a speech-language pathologist in the public schools, which in their View was
the best teaching job possible. I was not the rebellious type and followed my par-
ents’ plans for me. As an undergraduate at the University at Albany, State Univer-
sity of New York (SUNY), however, I was completely mesmerized by my courses in
audiology and hearing science and was decidedly unenthusiastic with the curricu-
lum in speech-language pathology. Following my new-found passion, I obtained
a master’s degree in audiology at Northwestern University (NU), Evanston, IL,
and completed a one-year clinical fellowship at Gallaudet University, Washington,
DC. During that year, I had a chance encounter at an ASHA convention with one
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