Audiological Research Over Six Decades

First Edition

James Jerger

Details: 175 pages, B&W, Softcover, 6" x 9"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-370-8

© 2022 | Coming Soon

Release Date: 08/25/2021

Price: $99.95

Available for purchase starting 07/26/2021

As a pioneer in the field of audiology, Dr. James Jerger has been involved in cutting-edge resource throughout the development of the field. In his new text, Audiological Research Over Six Decades, readers can experience the evolution of diagnostic audiology through his unique perspective. By detailing case studies from his own work over the years, Dr. Jerger gives his audience a chance to be a fly on the wall for major moments throughout the history of audiology.

In the first section of the book, Dr. Jerger relates case studies and other stories from his early years in the field, including his time at both Northwestern and the Houston Speech and Hearing Center. Then, he dives into his years at Baylor College of Medicine. In the final section, he discusses his time researching auditory event-related potentials at the University of Texas.


“This book is an adventure. It tells the story of the evolution of diagnostic audiology through the voice of one of its greatest contributors, Dr. James Jerger… Jerger’s lively narrative describes, in his wise and witty way, what he was thinking throughout six productive decades of game-changing audiological research. He provides us with a view, through case studies of his own work, of an unparalleled perspective, from the room where it happened.”—From the Foreword by Brad A. Stach, PhD


Chapter 1. The Early Years

A Diagnostic Challenge

Abnormal Auditory Adaptation

Speech Audiometry

Brain Stem versus Temporal Lobe


Chapter 2. Immittance Audiometry

The Tympanogram

The Stapedius Muscle Reflex

An Educational Adventure


Chapter 3. Auditory Processing Disorder

The Birth of APD

An Account of an Interesting Patient


Chapter 4. A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

An Important Point

History and Medical Findings

First Admission

Second Admission

Final Thoughts


Chapter 5. Binaural Hearing Aids

An Early Study

But Is the Group Representative of Everyone in It?

Binaural Interference

A Very Intact Nonagenerian


Chapter 6. Cued Listening

Group Results

Three Illustrative Individual Patients

Last Thoughts


Chapter 7. Aging and Gender Effects

Can Speech Understanding Problems in Elderly Persons be Explained by the Audiogram?

Auditory Processing Disorder versus Cognitive Decline

A Longitudinal Case Study

Some Gender Differences

Another Gender Effect – The Shape of the Audiogram



Chapter 8. Auditory Event-Related Potentials to Words


The Importance of Forcing a Decision

The Framework of an Auditory Event-Related Potential Procedure (AERP)

The Late Positive Component (LPC)

The Right Ear Advantage

But What About Nontarget Words?

Processing Negativity (PN)

A Clarification

Final Thoughts


Chapter 9. A Twin Study

Basic Audiometry

Behavioral Psychoacoustic Measures of Auditory Processing

Standardized Cognitive/ Linguistic Evaluations

Activation Patterns

Dichotic Listening

Diffusion Tensor Imaging


Chapter 10. Odds and Ends

A Visit to Montreal

“Normal Audiometric Findings”

Simian Surgery

A Researcher’s Dream

A Herculean Effort




James Jerger

James Jerger, PhD, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received his PhD in audiology from Northwestern University (NU) 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 29 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.

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