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Pediatric Advisory Board

Founded in 1998, the Pediatric Advisory Board consists of international experts in pediatric audiology. The board shares their skills and knowledge to guide future products, research, services and resources

Pediatric Advisory Board

Celebrating 25 years of expertise

The Pediatric Advisory Board is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year!

Over the last few decades, the board has met every year to share their own research projects and findings and to also help consulting and support industry best practices in pediatric audiology.

Catch up on the latest research and best practices in pediatric audiology through the PAB:


Interview with Patricia Roush, AuD

Get some insights on the work of the PAB and the implications for pediatric audiology in this short video.

The PAB gives me the chance to share and exchange knowledge and experiences with colleagues from different countries. I am grateful to connect with such passionate colleagues who have similar goals of helping children with hearing loss.

Andrea Bohnert, MTA-F
Andrea Bohnert, MTA-F University Medical Center Johannes-Gutenberg, Mainz, Germany
Andrea Bohnert, MTA-F
PAB Montreal

A diverse panel for best practice pediatric hearing care

Members of the board include researchers and professors in pediatric audiology, master pediatric clinicians and a parent representative to bring in the voice of families of children with hearing loss.

Geographically the members come from around the world and represent the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and South Africa.

Members of the Board contribute to Phonak pediatrics in a variety of ways, including:

  • Chairing and developing conference programs and presenting at Phonak international pediatric conferences in Europe and North America
  • Participating in research discussions related to pediatric audiology
  • Developing Pediatric Focus papers to support clinicians in providing hearing technologies to young children and adolescents
  • Advising Phonak Target fitting protocols for pediatric hearing instruments and needed features
  • Providing guidance and advising on best practices around technologies and features for children throughout childhood and adolescence
  • Providing perspectives from diverse lived experiences and professional backgrounds

One of the important contributions of the PAB is the organization of international pediatric audiology conferences. These conferences address important and timely topics that can advance evidence-based service to children and their families.

Dawna Lewis, PhD
Dawna Lewis, PhD Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, USA
Dawna Lewis, PhD

Advisory Board Members

Chair of the Pediatric Advisory Board
Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences and Chair of the Department,
Professor of Otolaryngology, Associate Director, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center,
Nashville, USA


Head of Team Pediatric Audiology
Deputy Head of Audiological Acoustics
Clinic for ENT and Communication Disorders
University Medical Center Johannes-Gutenberg,
Mainz, Germany

Andrea Bohnert

Assistant Professor
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and
National Centre for Audiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University,
London, Ontario, Canada

Marlene Bagatto

Executive Director
Hands & Voices,
Bouder, USA

Janet DesGeorges

Research Scientist
Boys Town National Research Hospital,
Omaha, USA

Dawna Lewis

National Programme Director,
Research for Patient Benefit Programme,
NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre,

Former Director of Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness,
Manchester, UK

Kevin J. Munro

Professor Emeritus
Department of Otolaryngology
University of North Carolina School of Medicine,
Chapel Hill, USA

Patricia Roush

Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences
Director the National Centre for Audiology

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada

Susan Scollie

Department of Speech-language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria,
Pretoria, South Africa

Adjunct Professor
Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery,
University of Colorado School of Medicine,
Aurora, Colorado, USA 


De Wet Swanepoel

Sonova and Phonak Members

Senior Director, Clinical Research
Advanced Bionics,

Jason Galster

Director Strategic Platform Management
Sonova AG,

Francois Julita

Manager Pediatric Audiology
Phonak HQ

Jodie Nelson

Senior Director Customer Success and Audiology
Phonak HQ

Angela Pelosi

Senior Manager Audiology Thought Leadership and Education
Sonova US Corp Services,

Stacey Rich

Senior Director Research & Technology
Advanced Bionics

Tony Spahr