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Deanna P. Baker, RMR, FAPR

Since 1992 Deanna has provided remote and onsite CART and captioning services for the HLAA and its Conventions; she also recruits and schedules CART captioners for all of the sessions at Convention.

At the NCRA convention in 2005, Deanna was honored with being named a Fellow in the Academy of Professional Reporters. Deanna has been a member and trainer of the National Court Reporter’s Association Realtime Certification Committee, NCRA CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) Ethics Committee and CAPR Content Writing Committee.

Currently, Deanna is a freelance realtime captioner/consultant residing in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Diane Nens, Audiologist

Diane Nens received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1985, and her master’s degree in audiology from the University of Akron in 1987. Her clinical experience includes diagnostic testing, hearing aid dispensing, and counseling.

Diane joined hi HealthInnovations in 2012. Her roles there include corporate leadership, as well as audiologist serving the Detroit area. She is an advocate for hearing health education and has been featured on numerous television and radio stations nationwide.

Donald W. Bataille, AIA, CCS

Donald W. Bataille, AIA, CCS. Received Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky, and currently practices Architecture in Rochester, NY. Don currently serves as Board President for the Hearing Loss Association of America, Rochester NY Chapter, and served as past chairperson for the Chapter’s Professional Advisory and Strategic Planning Committees. 

Don experienced sudden hearing loss in 1994 and has continued to promote better workplace acoustics through his “Hear to Work” series of workshops at the past 2007, 2008, and 2009 HLAA National Conventions. 

He recently complemented additional professional training with the following courses “Architectural Acoustics”, Pratt University, NYC, 2007.

Douglas A. Cotanche

Douglas A. Cotanche is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery and Anatomy & Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine, a Lecturer in the Department of Otology & Laryngology at Harvard Medical School, and a Member of the Affiliated Faculty of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of North Carolina in 1983 and did a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cell Biology at the University of Pennsylvania from 1983-1985. His first faculty position was in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Anatomy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC from 1985 to 1987. In 1987 he moved to Boston where he was in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine for ten years before moving to Children's Hospital in 1998. 

In 2008 he returned to BUMC with a primary appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology and a joint appointment in Anatomy & Neurobiology. Dr. Cotanche has served as Secretary/Treasurer and a Council Member of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, and has served on the Council of Scientific Trustees of the Deafness Research Foundation, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Central Institute of the Deaf in St. Louis, MO and on numerous hearing-related NIH Study Sections. He is a Section Editor for Hearing Research and a member of the editorial board of Audiology & Neurotology. Dr. Cotanche’s research has focused on the development and regeneration of hair cells and the tectorial membrane in the avian and mammalian cochlea. In 1985 he co-discovered that birds can regenerate their cochlear hair cells after sound damage and regain their hearing. He has continued his research on regeneration and has been a prominent force in the drive to develop hair cell regeneration as a potential treatment for sensorineural deafness. Currently the work in his lab is also exploring the therapeutic potential of stem cell transplantation into the damaged mammalian cochlea. Dr. Cotanche also teaches Gross Anatomy to first year medical students in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology where, in 2007, he received the Award for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard Medical School.

Douglas L. Beck, Au.D.

- Director of Academic Sciences, Oticon Inc,
Somerset NJ

- Adjunct Professor of Audiology,
Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

- Adjunct Associate Professor of Audiology,
University of Hawaii, HI

Dr. Beck earned his master's degree at the University of Buffalo (1984) and his doctorate from the University of Florida. His professional career began in Los Angeles at the House Ear Institute in cochlear implant research and intraoperative cranial nerve monitoring. By 1988, he was director of audiology at Saint Louis University. Eight years later he co-founded a multi-office dispensing practice in St Louis. In 1999, he became president and editor-in-chief of, and

Dr. Beck joined Oticon in 2005 as director of professional relations. From 2008 through 2015, Beck also served as web content editor for the American Academy of Audiology (the Academy). In 2011, he became adjunct professor of audiology at Lamar University and in 2015 he became an adjunct associate professor of Audiology at University of Hawaii.

In 2016, Beck was appointed Senior Editor for Clinical Research at the Hearing Review and was promoted to Director of Academic Sciences at Oticon Inc.

Dr. Beck is among the most prolific authors in audiology with 152 published articles and more than 1000 abstracts, interviews and op-eds written for the Academy (2008-2015) and Audiology Online (1999-2005) addressing a wide variety of audiology and professional topics. More information, a free copy of The Handbook of Intraoperative Monitoring and numerous PDFs are available at

Supporting articles:

Clinical Aspects of Tinnitus: An Interview with David Baguley, PhD
By Douglas L. Beck, AuD

Hearing aid amplification and tinnitus: 2011 overview
By Douglas L. Beck, AuD

Overview 2013: Migraines, Meniere's Disease, and Vestibular Migraine
By Douglas L. Beck, Michelle R. Petrak, and Amanda G. Smith

Issues in Tinnitus: 2014-2015
A review of contemporary findings, as well as the current status in managing patients with tinnitus

By Douglas L. Beck, AuD, Christine DePlacido, PhD, and Colin Paxton, MA

Dr. Gene Bratt

Dr. Gene Bratt is the Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville. He received his doctorate in audiology from Vanderbilt University in 1980, and has since been a clinical audiologist at the VA in Nashville. He is has been a funded investigator for most of his tenure with the VA, with research interests in the selection and fitting of hearing aids. He has published his findings and those of his research group on several occasions in professional journals, and has been an invited speaker internationally. He is also an associate professor of audiology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where his teaching interests have centered about clinical audiology and pathologies of the auditory system.

Dr. Jack J. Wazen

Dr. Jack J. Wazen, MD FACS Otologist-Neurotologist & Surgeon, Silverstein Institute Director of Research, Ear Research Foundation 

Internationally Recognized Otologist- Neurotologist & Surgeon Over 20 years experience as a practitioner, professor and researcher. Silverstein Institute - Sarasota Ear Research Foundation - Sarasota Columbia University - New York Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center -New York 

Author, "Dizzy – What You Need to Know About Managing & Treating Balance Disorders" Drummer, "Doc & the Earignals", jazz band that performs and has made 10 CDs to support the Ear Research Foundation

Dr. Rob Jackler

Dr. Jackler was raised in Waterville, Maine, attended college and medical school in Boston, and moved west to the University of California, San Francisco for residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. After taking a Neurotology fellowship at the House Ear Clinic (1985), Dr. Jackler joined the faculty at UCSF where he remained until 2003 when he became the Sewall Professor and Chair of the Department at OHNS and professor in the departments of Neurosurgery and Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Jackler is an otologist-neurotologist who specializes in complex ear diseases. He has a special interest in tumors of the lateral and posterior cranial base and has written numerous analytical papers derived from his microsurgical series. A long standing collaboration with medical artist Chirstine Gralapp has produced over 1500 original illustrations of a wide variety of cranial base and ear microsurgical approaches ( For over 25 years Dr. Jackler has directed a fellowship program in neurotology and skull base surgery which has trained a number of academic leaders in the field.

Dr. Jackler has authored over 150 peer reviewed papers, over 35 textbook chapters, numerous editorials, published three books: Neurotology (1994, 2004), Atlas of Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery (1996, 2008), and Tumors of the Ear and Temporal Bone (2000). Dr. Jackler leads the Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss whose mission is to create biological cures for major forms of inner ear hearing loss through a research effort that is sustained, large-scale, multidisciplinary, focused, goal-oriented, and transformational (

Dusty Jessen, Au.D.

Dusty Jessen has been an audiologist in a busy ENT practice for more than 12 years. In 2013 she wrote and published a handbook (Frustrated by Hearing Loss? 5 Keys to Communication Success) to help people cope with the challenges related to hearing loss. This book is being used by hearing care professionals around the country.  Dr. Jessen is passionate about providing a fun and simple way for people to learn and practice strategies that are essential for communication success.

Ellen Beer

Ellen Beer recently joined Cochlear Americas as a Consumer Marketing Manager, where she contributes her own recipient insights and marketing experience. She is an active member of the Cochlear Community, a network of recipients who share their hearing journeys together worldwide.