Getting Started: "Internet in the News"

by Judith Maginnis Kuster - Mankato State University (

Several professionals interested in speech science, speech-language pathology, audiology and hearing disability that have been busily constructing important services on the Internet. Five projects highlighted here also demonstrate four of the different internet services - listservs, newsgroups, file transfer protocol (FTP) and worldwide web (WWW).


A new electronic mailing/discussion list, GRNDRNDS, has been created by Karen McComas at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia ( to provide the electronic equivalent of the real time Clinical Grand Rounds sessions held at ASHA's Annual Convention.

GRNDRNDS is designed to provide a year-round forum for the purpose of discussing all aspects of the clinical process with respect to the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders. Users are encouraged to use GRNDRNDS to initiate discussion, both theoretical and practical, regarding treatment methodology, treatment strategies, and any other issues related to case management. In addition, GRNDRNDS provides information to be disseminated to a wide audience on meetings, seminars and other professional development opportunities related to case management. Postings relative to position vacancies are also permitted. In addition to providing a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and techniques, postings to GRNDRNDS are archived and will be maintained to serve as a growing database.

Participation in GRNDRNDS is free - the only requirement for participation is an internet e-mail account. To subscribe to GRNDRNDS, send an e-mail message to:

In the body of your message, include the following text, subscribe GRNDRNDS your name

NEWSGROUP: bionet.audiology

The newsgroup bionet.audiology is a new Internet forum that offers the opportunity for information exchange and discussion of topics in the areas of diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology, hearing science and other areas of interest to group members. including announcements of upcoming meetings, seminars and other professional development opportunities. Postings of open clinical, research, and/or teaching positions within the field are also permitted. Participation is free. For users with Internet access to newsgroups via a newsgroup reader, add bionet.audiology to the list of newsgroups that you presently read. For those with an email account but without direct newsgroup access, information about an e-mail subscription as well as general information about bionet.audiology can be obtained by writing to either of the group's two discussion leaders: Jeff Sirianni ( or Susan Moreland (


login: anonymous
password: your e-mail address
path: audiology

Scott Bradley at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has written a number of HyperCard stacks in audiology used in teaching and advising. These stacks are available at no charge via anonymous FTP. A Macintosh with HyperCard 2.0 or higher is required to access the stacks.

Stacks include an acoustics tutorial, information used in an occupational hearing conservation class, and stacks used for tracking clinic contact hours for speech-language pathology and audiology students. Other stacks calculate correction factors in the calibration of narrow and broad band masking noise, and predict hearing loss based on acoustic reflex thresholds, a hearing loss simulation and a stack that outlines the steps for monitoring a hearing aid.

All of these stacks may be downloaded via anonymous FTP. Except for the file aaareadme.txt, in which Bradley describes all the item in his site, all have been binhexed using binhex 4.0. Programs such as Fetch, Xferit, or Stuffit Expander can be used to de-binhex the stacks. A copy of Binhex 4.0 can also be downloaded free from the site to help de-binhex the stacks. For those unfamiliar with accessing and downloading files from anonymous FTP sites, it is most easily accomplished if you have full internet access such as is provided by university accounts. Ask someone in your computer center for assistance. If all else fails, Scott Bradley will provide specific instructions. Email to


Hereditary Hearing Impairment Resource Registry

The Hereditary Hearing Impairment Resource Registry (HHIRR) registers information about people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, and publishes a newsletter (targeted at non-professionals) and a bulletin (targeted at professionals) containing information on a variety of topics regarding research in hereditary deafness. For more information about what the registry is and what it does, see the Web page at or contact the HHIRR at

Stephen Neely (, also on the research staff at BTNRH, set up the WWW server last summer and helped (Paul Ing ), project director at BTNRH, reformat a series of significant information bulletins previously published by the HHIRR. These bulletins are online and currently divided into three sections:

Basic Genetic Concepts

Genetic Syndromes:

Individual Perspectives:

While you're there, you might also want to look at the description of ongoing research programs at BTNRH in the areas hearing and communication disorders or browse through at an introduction to cochlear mechanics

HHIRR is funded by a contract from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to the Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH)

Stuttering Home Page

An information Internet database dedicated solely to stuttering has been established at Mankato State University in Minnesota. The Stuttering Home Page was first opened January 21, 1995, as a gopher site and transferred to a permanent web site in August, 1995. Co-produced by John C. Harrison, the project director of the National Stuttering Project and Judith M. Kuster, associate professor at Mankato State University, this archive was the first significant database on stuttering to be accessible via the Internet from anywhere in the world. It is intended to be a global resource for persons who stutter (PWS), their friends, family, and others who interact with them, as well as for professional speech-language pathologists in practice or in training. It contains a unique combination of contributions from the professional community as well as from individuals who have personal insight into stuttering.

Visitors to the Stuttering Home Page will find a broad range of information. The archive contains hundreds of items, including answers to frequently asked questions about stuttering, suggestions for listeners, a series of essays in which people who stutter share autobiographies and speak for themselves, information on support organizations (both in the United States and elsewhere), and treatment approaches and resources. Users can also find information about the Internet discussion groups devoted to stuttering an how to join them. All information on the web pages can be downloaded and reproduced.

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The above information combines two articles by Kuster, Judith Maginnis which appeared in the May and June/July 1995 issues of ASHA Magazine