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Evolution of Audiology (.1 CEUs)

Evolution of Audiology

Duration: 60 minutes

Presenter: James Jerger, PhD

CEUs: .1

Who Should Attend: Any Audiologist

Instructional Level: Intermediate
Program Focus: Knowledge

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion, each participant in the Web Seminar should be able to:
1. List the contributions of many individuals to the profession.
2. Identify where many current concepts arose historically.
3. Describe the importance of leadership in the growth of the profession.

Description: This web seminar traces highlights in the history of audiology as it developed in the United States. It spans the period from the fabrication of the first commercial audiometer in 1922, to the contemporary clinical applications of efferent suppression of the OAE. It considers the early pioneers, the evolution of diagnostic testing, the development of the concept of auditory processing disorder, universal infant screening for hearing loss, the dispensing of amplification systems in private practice, and the professional organizations that have provided homes for the various areas of interest of audiologists over the years.

 Dr. Jerger is a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Following the completion of his PhD. degree in audiology at Northwestern University in 1954, Dr. Jerger served for seven years as an audiology faculty member at Northwestern. After a two-year period at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C., he assumed the position of Director of Research at the Houston Speech and Hearing Center. In 1968 he joined the faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston's Texas Medical Center. There he directed the audiology and speech pathology services of the Methodist Hospital. Dr. Jerger joined the faculty of the UTD in 1997. His current research interests focus on auditory processing disorders in both children and elderly persons. He recently established the Texas Auditory Processing Disorder Laboratory at UTD. He teaches audiology students at the UTD Callier Center for Communication Disorders and supervises doctoral students in the applied cognition and neuroscience program of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Dr. Jerger was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research from 1963 to 1970 and has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology since it was established in 1989. He is the author or coauthor of over 300 publications in audiology. Dr. Jerger is one of the founding fathers of the American Academy of Audiology and served as its first president in 1989.

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