Sandra Gordon-Salant, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Audiology at Northwestern University. She has served as Editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Associate Editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America – Express Letters, and member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committees on Disability Determination for Individuals with Hearing Impairments and Medical Evaluation of Veterans for Disability Determination. Her research interests include the effects of aging and hearing loss on auditory processes, as well as signal enhancement devices for hearing-impaired listeners. She has published over 90 articles and book chapters on the topic of age-related hearing loss and speech understanding problems of older people. She is the senior editor of the book, The Aging Auditory System. Dr. Gordon-Salant received the prestigious James Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology in 2009 and was elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2011.  She also received the Al Kawana Award for outstanding contributions to research from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2013 and the Honors of the ASHA in 2017. Her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health since 1986.

Areas of Interest

  • speech perception, psychoacoustics, aging, cognition, signal processing


  • Ph.D
    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1981
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
HESP606 Basic Hearing Measurements Fall 2020
HESP636 Geriatric Audiology Spring 2018
HESP606 Basic Hearing Measurements Fall 2017
HESP311 Anatomy, Pathology and Physiology of the Auditory System Spring 2017
HESP606 Basic Hearing Measurements Fall 2016
HESP636 Geriatric Audiology Spring 2016
HESP606 Basic Hearing Measurements Fall 2015
HESP606 Basic Hearing Measurements Fall 2014 Syllabus
  • National
    Member, Advisory Board, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • Campus
    Emeritus ADVANCE Professor, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Campus
    Faculty Liaison to the UMD Instituional Review Board (IRB)
  • Campus
    Co-Director, Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing
  • International
    Advisory Board, Aging and Speech Communication International Conference

Current Students

Former Students

  • Sarah Hargus Ferguson
    Assistant Professor, University of Utah
  • Susan L. Phillips
    Associate Professor, East Carolina University
  • Patricia Randolph
    Professor, University of the District of Columbia
  • Kelly A. King
    Research audiologist, National Institutes of Health
Sandra Gordon-Salant
0119 Lefrak Hall
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
sgsalant [at]
Office Hours
Fall semester: Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:00Spring semester: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30and by appointment