Jerry Punch PhD


Jerry is a Co-Investigator on the CoSAGE team, serving as an audiological adviser. Although officially retired from Michigan State University after 21 years in a tenured position in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, he remains active in several research and service projects, including CoSAGE and membership on MSU’s Institutional Review Board. He is clinically certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). He currently consults on the effects of wind-turbine noise and infrasound on human health, a major human factor in determining where wind turbines are sited. Jerry earned his BA degree in Psychology at Wake Forest University in 1965, but decided to embark on a career in audiology, as it offered what he considered a perfect combination of working with people and working with electronic instrumentation. He obtained his MS degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt University in 1967, and pursued his doctorate in Audiology at Northwestern University, where he earned the PhD degree in 1972. His diverse career includes experience as part of a research team (at Nicolet Instrument Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin) that developed the world’s first digital hearing aid—the Nicolet Phoenix. His primary research focus has been on the development and fitting of hearing aids. Jerry joined CoSAGE because it was an “opportunity to contribute my knowledge of audiology to a worthwhile cause that may well lead to a better understanding of the underlying genetic and environmental factors that cause or exacerbate hearing impairment.” Jerry is married to his wife Susan and they have four children and three grandchildren. Jerry’s hobbies are photography, guitar, and regular exercising in the gym. He and Susan enjoy vacationing in Michigan’s most scenic spots, especially the Upper Peninsula.