2015 Academy Honors Recipients
Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology
Joseph W. Hall III, PhD, Board Certified in Audiology
Joseph W. Hall III, PhD, has had a distinguished career in research in audiology and hearing science with contributions spanning nearly four decades. His research has had great impact on other investigators, students, and practicing clinicians. His record of publications in the highest quality scientific journals and his successful competitive grant writing places him in the top tier of investigators, not just in audiology and hearing science but in all areas of scientific research. Dr. Hall completed his undergraduate work in psychology at the College of William and Mary in 1972 and his PhD in experimental psychology at the University of North Carolina in 1976. To strengthen his background in applied areas of hearing research, he completed a master's degree in audiology at the University of North Carolina in 1980, an unusual sequence that demonstrates his commitment to clinical research. Dr. Hall, who is Board Certified in Audiology®, is currently distinguished professor and chief of audiology research at the University of North Carolina Medical School. Read more ...
Samuel F. Lybarger Award for Achievements in Industry
James M. Kates, EE
Since receiving his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1971 and the electrical engineer professional degree from MIT in 1972, James M. Kates's accomplishments as a research engineer in both industry and academia demonstrate his profound influence on the hearing aid industry. He has held positions at Siemens Hearing Instruments, AudioLogic, Cirrus Logic, and GN ReSound, developing and contributing to key advancements in digital hearing aids and advanced signal processing features. Most notable is his research into multiband compression and advanced feedback cancellation algorithms, features that almost every hearing aid in the world now uses. In 2012, after retiring from GN ReSound, Kates continued his work in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder as a scholar-in-residence and a professor of hearing engineering research practice. Most recently, he has turned his attention to developing objective metrics for predicting hearing aid sound quality and speech intelligibility and is recognized as one of the leading experts on sound quality and the development and testing of signal-processing algorithms to improve the quality of sound delivered through hearing aids. Read more ...
International Award in Hearing
Harvey Dillon, PhD
When the wise men and women of the Academy came up with the International Award in Hearing "to honor and recognize achievements of international significance in audiology," they obviously had someone like Harvey Dillon, PhD, in mind. A key requirement is that the recipient of the award must have provided "outstanding service to the profession of audiology in a clinical, academic, research or professional capacity." Dr. Dillon, however, does not quite meet these requirements, as worded. His service to the profession is not limited to a clinical or academic or research or professional capacity. He has made major contributions to the profession of audiology in every one of these areas.
Dr. Dillon's clinical contributions include innovative new clinical tests and methods of evaluation that are now widely used. One example is the Client Oriented Scale of Improvement (COSI), developed by Dr. Dillon and his colleagues. This technique represents a major advance in the clinical evaluation of hearing aids, rehabilitation strategies, and other methods for improving hearing health. Dr. Dillon's recent work on developing new ways of evaluating central auditory processing disorders is another example of his many clinical contributions.
His academic contributions are also substantive and of international significance. Read more ...
Career Award in Hearing or Balance
David Moore, PhD
Professor David Moore, PhD, has indeed achieved his personal ambition to contribute to the knowledge on how hearing changes across the life span, and he has done so with scientific flair, insight, and creativity that very few researchers possess. Dr. Moore has had a truly distinguished career as an auditory neuroscientist.
Dr. Moore is one of the leading international scientists in auditory behavioural neuroscience in both animals and humans. His research interests focus on the auditory brain and include auditory spatial hearing, brain plasticity, auditory development and learning, and, more recently, large-scale studies using the UK Biobank of over half a million people. His 35-year globetrotting journey has brought him to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where he is currently director of the Communication Sciences Research Center and professor of otolaryngology, and has taken him to some of the most esteemed academic institutions. Dr. Moore has been visiting scientist at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Washington, Seattle, New York City University, and Northwestern University, Chicago.
In the UK, Dr. Moore held leadership positions at the prestigious Oxford University and the world-leading Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research (IHR) in Nottingham, where he was director from 2002 to 2012. Read more ...
Distinguished Achievement Award
Gary Jacobson, PhD
Gary P. Jacobson, PhD, completed his doctorate at Kent State University and has spent his career in several prestigious audiology settings. He is currently a professor and division director at Vanderbilt University. In earlier years, he served as division head of audiology at Henry Ford Hospital, chief of audiology and speech pathology at the Cincinnati Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and director of the Intraoperative Evoked Potential Program and the Evoked Potentials Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. As a leader, he has been described as having "the ability to empower and motivate his colleagues to make a difference."
Several supporters point out that, while many audiologists manage to develop one area of expertise, Dr. Jacobson has left his impressive mark on three distinct clinical areas of audiology: tinnitus, electrophysiology, and vestibular/balance (dys)function. In all three areas, he has contributed seminal and ground-breaking research, resulting in more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. He has also translated his bench science into clinically relevant tools used around the world, perhaps most notably the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory. The depth and breadth of his work in each area has inspired colleagues to describe him as a renaissance audiologist. Read more ...
Brad Stach, PhD
Brad A. Stach, PhD, is currently the director of the Division of Audiology at Henry Ford Hospital and an adjunct professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Dr. Stach has had an illustrious career including positions at the University of Texas; Baylor Medical Center; Georgetown University Medical Center of Washington, DC; Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA; Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia; and Washington University in St. Louis. He graduated in 1977 from New Mexico State University then continued his education by earning an MA degree at Vanderbilt University in 1979 and a PhD at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
James Jerger, PhD, credits Dr. Stach as being the driving force behind the creation of the Academy. As an Academy founder, Dr. Stach served as the first secretary-treasurer and established, organized, and conducted business from our first "national office" in Houston. According to Dr. Jerger, "Brad was instrumental in bringing the concept of a new audiology organization to concrete reality. In fact, it is very likely that we would not have an Academy today without Brad's significant contributions to its gestation and delivery." Dr. Stach has been relentlessly involved at all levels since day one in 1988. His steadfast leadership, administrative prowess, and unmatched loyalty to the Academy have benefitted not only the organization but the profession at large. Read more ...