Larry Humes

Larry Humes

Distinguished Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1979
  • M.A., Central Michigan University, 1976
  • B.S., Purdue University, 1975


Professor Humes is an expert in auditory perception, with special expertise in the effects of hearing impairment and aging on auditory perception. His most recent research activities have been focused on age-related changes in speech perception and the evaluation of treatments for speech-perception deficits, including hearing aids and auditory training. He has served as an associate editor or editor for several prestigious journals in his field. From 2003-2005, he chaired a committee of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine charged with performing a critical examination of the evidence regarding the presence of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus in U.S. military veterans since the 1940s.