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July 28, 2014

AAA's Jerger Award to Richard Wilson, Ph.D.

Richard H. Wilson, Ph.D

Richard H. Wilson, Ph.D., chief of audiology and speech pathology at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, Tenn., received the James Jerger Award for Research in Audiology from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) at the group's annual meeting in March 2014. The award is named for the AAA's founder and first president.

Wilson, whose research career has spanned six decades, has designed and led pioneering research on numerous topics in audiology, including speech perception and age-related changes in hearing. Recently, he was senior author on a study published in December 2013 in the American Journal of Audiology that examined the role of compliance in computer-based auditory training for adults with hearing loss. The study involved 50 Veteran hearing-aid users who had taken part in a larger, randomized controlled trial of a software program called Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE).

The AAA described Wilson's accomplishments in the field in a recent article on its website. Here is an excerpt:

"When Dr. Wilson became chief of the audiology section at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, California, in 1972, there was no audiology research program. He attracted a staff of research audiologists that made the program one of the most productive audiology research centers in the world. He made this possible by his remarkable grant-writing skills, which he taught to his young research staff, who themselves became successful in attracting research support. When he decided to return to his roots in northeast Tennessee and became chief of the audiology and speech pathology service at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, the pattern repeated. He attracted young investigators, mentored them in the grant-writing process, and created one of the most productive audiology research centers in the world....The list of young investigators and mentees who have benefitted from their collaboration with Dr. Wilson is too long to include here but reads like a Who's Who of audiology research. That is what he wanted to accomplish in his professional work—to raise the level of the profession by setting an example of high standards."

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