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Gary Jacobson

Professor, Hearing and Speech Sciences


  • B.A., 1974, California State University, CA
  • M.S., 1975, University of Wisconsin, WI
  • Ph.D., 1978, Kent State University, OH


Dr. Gary Jacobson is Professor and Director of the Division of Audiology at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Division of Audiology, and Adjunct Staff in the Department of Neurology for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan.

He completed his undergraduate studies at California State University at Fullerton. He received his M.S. in Communicative Disorders (Audiology) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and received his Ph.D. from Kent State University. He served as the Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Section (Neurology Service) at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati from 1979-1988. During that time, he served as both Director of the Evoked Potentials Laboratory (Department of Neurology- F. Samaha, M.D. Chairman) and, Director of the Intraoperative Evoked Potentials Program for the Department of Neurosurgery (J.M. Tew, Jr., M.D., Chairman) University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati Ohio.

As the Division Director, Dr. Jacobson is responsible for administration, supervision, and program development for the Division. The programs have included the development of, among other things, a Risk of Falls Assessment Clinic. He is active clinically in the balance function and auditory electrophysiology laboratories.

Dr. Jacobson is a Past President of the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring and has served on the Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Directors of the American Tinnitus Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Audiology. He is a past editor of the American Journal of Audiology (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. He has authored and co-authored over 100 publications that cover the areas of tinnitus, dizziness, auditory function, outcome measures development, brain mapping, and intraoperative neurophysiology He is co-editor of the text Handbook of Balance Function Testing (Thomson Singular), and Balance Function Assessment and Management (1st-3rd Editions; Plural Publishing).

Dr. Jacobson is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Finally, he is the recipient of the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology (2002), the Distinguished Achievement Award (2015) both from the American Academy of Audiology, he is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Balance Society (2017) and, is the recipient of the Honors of the Association from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2010).