Dr. Grantham obtained his PhD in sensory psychology from Indiana University and completed post-doctoral training in the Auditory Research Laboratory at Northwestern University. During this time, he investigated the psychophysics of moving sound sources and published some of the authoritative studies on auditory motion after-effects and the time constants of binaural analysis alongside Dr. Fred Wightman. After two years as an assistant professor of psychology at Loyola University, Dr. Grantham became the coordinator of the Psychoacoustics Laboratory and eventually the director of research at the Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center at Vanderbilt University. For the past 27 years, Dr. Grantham has conducted research, taught courses, and mentored students, while maintaining an impressive history of research publications, scholarly presentations, and grant funding.
Dr. Grantham is an internationally known expert in human auditory perception, and a leading authority in the specific area of dynamic binaural processing. Notably, he has more than 125 published scientific papers, book chapters, and presentations on topics such as localization, binaural masking, motion perception, and spatial hearing in individuals with normal hearing and with cochlear implants. Throughout his distinguished career, he has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health in support of his innovative and scientifically relevant research that has provided our profession with a better understanding of the complexities of binaural processing in normal and impaired hearing.
He has been recognized as a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and has served as an editor or reviewer for some of our top professional journals, including The Journal of the Acoustical Society America, Ear and Hearing, and the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research.
Currently professor emeritus at the Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Grantham continues to provide mentoring and inspiration to future audiologists, hearing scientists, and otolaryngologists. Thus, with his research and scholarly achievements, and his commitment to teaching and mentoring students and junior faculty in audiology and hearing science, Dr. Wesley Grantham is a most deserving awardee of the American Academy of Audiology’s Career Award in Hearing or Balance.