Dr. John Hawks

Although my Bachelor's degree as a voice major in Music Education at Washburn University (Topeka, KS) prepared me to teach K-12 music, I never taught. Instead, I pursued opportunities in consumer audio electronics. After co-owning a speaker retailing and audio electronics manufacturing business and then wanting something more, I discovered Audiology. This lead to a M.S. in Audiology and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences at Central Institute for the Deaf, the Speech & Hearing Department of Washington University in St. Louis, and eventually to Kent State in 1991. Although I am an audiologist and teach courses in instrumentation, psychoacoustics, clinical audiology, and the effects of noise, my major research interests are in speech perception. My goal to combine my interests in audiology, speech perception and electronics has led to a research focus investigating ways to improve upon speech processing strategies for manufacturers of cochlear implants, an electronic prosthesis that provides the severe-profoundly deaf with the ability to hear. More recently, our joint doctoral (Au.D.) program in Audiology with The University of Akron has provided considerable opportunities and challenges in taking our profession to a new level.

  • B.S. in Music Education, Washburn University, Topeka, KS,
  • M.S. in Audiology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO,
  • Ph.D in Communications Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
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