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Northwestern School of Communication

Laura Ann Wilber

Professor Emerita
Laura Ann Wilber

Laura Ann Wilber is a professor emerita of audiology and hearing sciences in the department of communication sciences and disorders. One of her primary research interests is noise, and she is currently working with audiology students studying noise and its effects to help them complete their capstone projects. An expert in clinical audiology, Wilber has worked to perfect the equipment used to assess hearing and amplification devices. She has been active in the creation of standards for these devices and for audiometric testing procedures. For over twenty years she has served as a United States representative for the International Standards Organization.

Wilber has published in various professional journals, including the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research. With Alan Feldman she published Acoustic Impedance and Admittance: The Measurement of Middle Ear Function. She is also the author of several chapters dealing with audiologic testing and calibration of equipment. Wilber has served as president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, and the American Auditory Society. She was also a founding member of the American Academy of Audiology. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in both speech-language pathology and audiology. Wilber is a licensed audiologist and hearing-aid dispenser. She has also been actively engaged in the problem of noise and its effects on people. She served on the Environmental Control Board in New York City as the “noise expert,” and was a member of a NIH consensus panel that addressed this issue.


  • PhD Audiology, Northwestern University
  • MA Deaf Education, Gallaudet University
  • BS Speech Correction, University of Southern Mississippi