Anna K. Nabelek, Ph.D.

See Also: The Acceptable Noise Level (ANL) Research Program

Research Interests

Dr. Anna K. Nabelek’s research interests are in the area of hearing aid efficacy and evaluation of hearing aid outcome procedures, specifically acceptable noise level (ANL). Current ANL research is examining the effect of amplification on ANL, the comparison of ANL to other predictive/outcome measures in audiology, and the predictive value of ANL. Dr. Nabelek has directed and sponsored many grants in this area. She has also directed numerous student research projects and has served as a committee member for various other projects. Dr. Nabelek has received external support to fund her career, fellow colleagues, and students over the last 20 years.

Education

  • B.S.; Electroacoustics; Warsaw Politechnic, Poland; 1955
  • M.S.; Electroacoustics; Warsaw Politechnic, Poland; 1959
  • Ph.D.; Architectural Acoustics; Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland; 1966

Recent Honors and Awards

  • reyaldenhoven MC, Nabelek AK, Plyler PN. (2005).
    Faculty Sponsor: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.

  • NIH, NIDCD Grant number: RO1 DC005018 (09/10/2001-08/31/04)
    New Test for Predicting Hearing Aid Use: This project determined that acceptance of background noise while listening to speech is related to hearing aid use, which led to the development of a model for predicting success with hearing aids. The PI’s role in this investigation was design, design implementation, supervision of data collection, data analysis, and project reporting.

  • NIH NIDCD. Grant number RO1 DC005018S (Supplement) (09/10/2001-08/31/04) Acceptance of Background Noise with Different Hearing Aid Circuits (Research Supplement for Graduate Research Assistant, Melinda C. Freyaldenhoven, M.A.): This investigation determined that acceptance of background noise is capable of quantifying hearing aid directional benefit. The PI’s role in this investigation was design, design implementation, supervision of data collection, data analysis, and project reporting.

  • Notable University of Tennessee Woman (2003)

  • Career Research Award, American Academy of Audiology (2001)
    Reviewer for professional journals including The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America

Representative Publications

  • Pursell, S.L., Swanson, L.A.., Hedrick, M.S., & Nabelek, A.K. (2002) Boundary of steady state synthetic vowels [I] and [E] in adults and school-age children. Journal of Phonetics, 30, 131-137.

  • Rogers, D.S., Harkrider, A.W., Burchfield, S.B., and Nabelek, A.K. (2003). The influence of listener's gender on the acceptance of background noise. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 14, 374-385.

  • Nabelek, A.K., Tampas, J.W., & Burchfield, S.B. (2004). Comparison of speech perception in background noise with acceptance of background noise in aided and unaided conditions. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 47:1001-1011.

  • Freyaldenhoven MC, Nabelek AK, Burchfield SB, Thelin JW . (2005). Acceptable noise level (ANL) as a measure of directional benefit. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology 16:228-236.

  • Hedrick, M.S. & Nabelek, A.K. (in press). Effect of F2 intensity on identity of level in degraded listening conditions. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

  • Franklin CA, Thelin JW, Nabelek AK, & Burchfield SB. (in press) The effect of speech presentation level on acceptance of background noise in normal-hearing listeners. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology.

  • Freyaldenhoven MC, Plyler PN,Thelin JW, Nabelek AK, & Burchfield SB. (in press) The effects of venting and low frequency gain compensation on performance in noise with directional hearing instruments. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology.

  • Freyaldenhoven MC, Thelin JW, Plyler PN, Nabelek AK, & Burchfield SB. (in press) Effect of stimulant medication on the acceptance of background noise in individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology.
Anna K. Nabelek

Contact Information

Anna K. Nabelek
Research Emeritus

Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology
University of Tennessee
578 South Stadium Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-0740

Phone: (865) 974-1806
Email: anabelek@utk.edu