James Jerger memoirA new memoir from an audiology pioner, James Jerger: A Life in Audiology, captures the author’s extraordinary career in audiology spanning more than 60 years and provides a compelling picture of a life dedicated to the understanding of hearing. The book is a personal account of Dr Jerger’s positive clinical and research achievements and lessons learned as a student, professor, clinician, scientist, colleague, and mentor.

The profession of audiology is still young, and James Jerger, PhD, is considered a true pioneer in the field. He is known as the “Founding Father” of the American Academy of Audiology, and was its first president in 1989. He served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology from its inception in 1989 until 2011. Dr Jerger has received numerous professional awards for his work in auditory processing disorders and the effects of aging on auditory function.

The profession of audiology is still young, and James Jerger, PhD, is considered a true pioneer in the field. He is known as the “Founding Father” of the American Academy of Audiology, and was its first president in 1989. He served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology from its inception in 1989 until 2011. Dr Jerger has received numerous professional awards for his work in auditory processing disorders and the effects of aging on auditory function.

From his early years of graduate school, and throughout his illustrious academic career at Northwestern University, Gallaudet University, The Houston Speech and Hearing Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and The University of Texas at Dallas, to stories from scholarly international travels, Dr Jerger shares some of his favorite memories, unique experiences, and special people that have enriched his life both personally and professionally. Told with warmth, humor, and humility, Jerger weaves into his memoir the importance of challenging the status quo and exploring the road less traveled, which is sure to inspire the up-and-coming audiologists of today.

James Jerger, PhD, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received his PhD in audiology from Northwestern University in 1954. He remained on the NU faculty until 1961, and then moved to Gallaudet College in Washington, DC, for a brief period as Research Professor of audiology. From 1962 to 1968 he served as Director of Research at the Houston Speech and Hearing Center, and then moved to Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, where he remained for the next twenty-nine years as Professor of Audiology in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, and as Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Services of the Methodist Hospital. In 1997 Jerger sought, but failed to achieve, semi-retirement in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences of the University of Texas at Dallas. Here he continues to mentor doctoral candidates in audiology as Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence.

The new memoir comes from Plural Publishing, which produces academic, scientific and clinical publications in the fields of speech-language pathology, audiology, otolaryngology, and professional singing. Plural Publishing Inc aims to fill a space in the field of communication sciences and disorders with high-quality publications written by world-class experts in order to improve and enhance the knowledge base of each profession, from the classroom to clinical practice. Plural Publishing prioritizes the intellectual growth of the disciplines it serves and strives to improve and advance these fields through its publications.

For more information about Dr Jerger’s varied and distinguished career, please see the October 19, 2015 Hearing Review article, “An Audiological Journey in a Smaller World.”

Source: Plural Publishing