HHTM Editors Emeritus



Founding member and Editor-In-Chief


David Kirkwood, Hearing Health & Technology MattersA longtime observer of the hearing healthcare scene, David Kirkwood was editor-in-chief of The Hearing Journal from 1990 through 2010.  Among the honors he received was a 2006 President’s Award from the American Academy of Audiology.

Previously, he spent 15 years as editor and publisher of a weekly community newspaper in Scarsdale, NY.

Before finding his way into journalism, he earned degrees in history from Cornell University (where he was an outstanding pinball player) and the University of California at Berkeley.

When he isn’t blogging at Hearing Health & Technology Matters, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Annie, going to plays and movies in New York, traveling, and relaxing in their vacation place in Mid-Coast Maine. His other avocations include rooting for the Yankees and throwing tennis balls for his puli, Isaac.


Founding Member of Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Editor of The Audiology Connection, Hearing Health, and Hearing Views
Social Media Director


Judy Huch, Hearing Health & Technology MattersI run two private practices in Tucson, Arizona. I have always had a fascination with how things (from toasters to wireless) and people work, and audiology has given me a place to study both.

I have been dispensing hearing aids for 20 years. I obtained my first license before I finished graduate school, when I was VERY young, and have owned, leased, contracted, and administrated in the hearing field, and became a landlord, in the past 15 years. I have also had publications in text books and trade journals focusing on patient satisfaction and hearing aid fittings. I hope to learn more through this editorial and blogging experience as well as share some of my journey in private practice.

I live in a suburb of Tucson with my patient and understanding husband, Rick (who I must say is a top notch architect who designed and built the best Hearing Centers!) and my two sons, who make my heart swell and give me other wonderful perspectives on life! As do the myriad pets we seem to keep collecting.

Founding Member
Editor, Have You Heard


K. Ray Katz, Hearing Health & Technology MattersBy most standards I am a senior citizen, but like most “old people” I do not think of myself as being old – just highly experienced.  I grew up in Baltimore where most of my family and my two lovely daughters still reside. I have enjoyed over thirty years in the hearing care field as a Dispenser and business owner.

I started out as an in-home sales and service consultant before working with an ENT and finally buying a well-established hearing aid sales and audiometer servicing business in Tucson, AZ. That office grew into several offices with three Dispensers and three Audiologists. During those years I wrote articles for a number of different trade publications, gave lectures, and was an officer of several state and national organizations.

My hobbies are rebuilding our house – we never get finished with one before starting the next – and writing – although some of my readers have probably wondered if English was my first or second language.  Eclectic is a word that describes my varied work history: New York Stage Manager working with artists such as Joan Baez, Isaac Stern, and Robert Frost; Special Agent/Investigator for Military Counter-Intelligence (please – no jokes) in the US, Europe and Asia; and Sales/Distribution Manager for a large East-Coast bakery. My wife and I now make our home in Henderson, NV when not traveling in our motor home.

Founding Member
Editor, Law and Hearing


Fred Cohen, Hearing Health & Technology MattersFred Cohen, LLB, LLM, Yale Law School, has been a full professor at a number of leading law schools. He was a founder of the Graduate School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany, where he developed the law component of its PhD program.

Mr. Cohen now serves as the federal court-appointed Monitor in Fussell v. Wilkinson, which encompasses medical and dental care in Ohio’s prisons. He is author of The Mentally Disordered Inmate and the Law as well as of a number of casebooks, treatises, and articles on law and deviance in general. He is the editor of Correctional Mental Health Report and Correctional Law Reporter.