Rhonda Tomenko

Assistant Professor, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

"I have always wanted to be a part of introducing students to this amazing field and teaching them the knowledge and skills needed to become exceptional professionals. I believe that the highest aim of education is training individuals for the best discharge of life’s responsibilities, which is service to God and man."

25 Madeleva Hall, Room 159 | 574-284-5294 | rtomenko@saintmarys.edu

Rhonda M. Tomenko, PhD CCC/A, has taught communicative sciences and disorders for seven years. Prior to her teaching career, Tomenko's extensive clinical experience includes positions as a clinical audiologist specializing in diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, otoacoustic emission testing, and as audiologist for Early Identification and Treatment (EIT).

Education

PhD, James Madison University

BS, Andrews University

BA, Andrews University

Area of Expertise

Hearing loss assessment and aural rehabilitation

Universal newborn hearing screening

Research Interests

Cochlear implants

Tinnitus

Hearing loss and rehabilitation

Graduate Courses Taught

CSD 501: Aural rehabilitation

CSD 510: Research methods in speech language pathology

Professional Experience

  • Saint Mary's College, Assistant Professor, 2008–present
  • University of Michigan Health System, Visiting Research Investigator, 2011–present
  • Saint Mary's College, Adjunct Professor, 2008
  • Hearing and Speech Center (of United Health Services), Clinical Audiologist, 2004–2008
  • University of Michigan Health System, Post Doctorate, 2003–2004
  • University of Michigan Health System, Clinical Fellow in Audiology, 2002–2003

Awards and Honors

  • Who’s Who in America, 2011
  • Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, 1998
  • National Dean’s List, 1994–1996
  • Virginia Hamel Scholarship
  • Nelson Scholarship

Invited Lectures

  • "Auditory Middle Latency Response in Individuals with Tinnitus." Presentation with S. Shore and P. Kileny. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Orlando, Florida, 2014.
  • "Hearing, Hearing Loss and Treatment." Presenter. Independent Living Community in South Bend, Indiana, Oct. 2007.
  • "Hearing Loss and Rehabilitation Options." Presenter. Holy Cross Village in Notre Dame, Indiana, 2007.
  • "Occupational Hearing Conservation." Presenter. Safety Training Sessions at Bremen Bearings, Inc. in Plymouth, Indiana, 2004.
  • "Contralateral Hearing Aid Benefit in Patients with Cochlear Implants." Poster presentation with P. R. Kileny, T. A. Zwolan, E. A. Macpherson, & J. C. Middlebrooks. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, 2004.

Publications

  • With S. Shore & P. Kileny, "Auditory Middle Latency Response in Individuals with Tinnitus." (Drafting manuscript for publication), 2014.
  • With J. P. Hampson, A. E. Kairys, E. A. Ichesco, P. R. Kileny, R. E. Harris, & S. Shore, "Altered brain structure and connectivity in somatic tinnitus subjects." PLOS ONE, submitted for publication, 2014.
  • With C. C. Pan, A. Eisbruch, J. S. Lee, R. K. Ten Haken, & P. R. Kileny, "Prospective study of inner ear radiation dose and hearing loss in head-and-neck cancer patients." International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, 61(5), 1393–1402, 2005.
  • With P. R. Kileny, T. A. Zwolan, E. A. Macpherson, & J. C. Middlebrooks, "Contralateral hearing aid benefit in patients with cochlear implants." International Congress Series, 1273, 231–234, 2004.