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Todd Ricketts

Professor and Vice Chair, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Graduate Studies


  • BA, 1989, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
  • MA, 1991, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
  • PhD, 1995, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)


Todd A. Ricketts, Ph.D, CCC-A, is a Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is also the Director of the Dan Maddox Hearing Aid Research Laboratory. Prior to moving into the Vanderbilt position in 1999, Todd spent three years as an assistant professor at Purdue University. His current research interests are focused on improving the overall listening experience of individuals with hearing loss. Todd has published more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters. To date he has presented over 300 scholarly papers/poster presentations, short courses, mini-seminars, and workshops to professional and scholarly conferences both nationally and internationally. He continues to pursue a federally and industry funded research program studying with a focus on the interaction between amplification technology, listening environment and individual differences as they impact benefit derived from hearing aids and cochlear implants. This work also examines how signal processing and sound delivery can be enhanced and/or modified to limit important distortions. He was named a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association in 2006 and received an editors award from the American Journal of Audiology in 2008. He is a past editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal Trends in Amplification and the past chair of the Vanderbilt Institutional Review Board. He is a current associate editor for the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research and currently serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Audiology.

Dan Maddox Hearing Aid Research Laboratory

NIH Biosketch

Teaches to AuD and PhD students.