Richard Tyler, PhD, is the 2023 recipient of the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology. He is an audiologist who has made contributions to translational research over his 40-plus-year career. After earning his PhD at the University of Iowa, he became the scientist-in-charge of the Clinical Outstation at the Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham, United Kingdom. Subsequently, Dr. Tyler has had a prolific academic career as a faculty member and director of audiology at the University of Iowa, where he has mentored numerous graduate students and clinical fellows.
Dr. Tyler is known for his seminal research contributions in the areas of cochlear implants, tinnitus, and hyperacusis, having published 290 peer-review manuscripts, including the development of the Spatial Hearing Questionnaire and the Tinnitus Primary Functions Questionnaire.
He has been successful in securing research funding from private and federal agencies, and is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences. In addition, Dr. Tyler founded the highly successful annual International Conference on the Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Patients, educating clinicians on the most current evaluation and management strategies for the treatment of tinnitus and hyperacusis.
Dr. Tyler’s nominators describe him as having the “insightful, inquisitive, and creative mind of a disruptor,” who has made tremendous scientific and clinical contributions to the profession of audiology and hearing science.