James Steiger, Ph.D

James Steiger, Ph.D

Title: School Director, Professor
Dept/Program: School of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Phone: 330-972-8190
Email: steiger@uakron.edu


Research and Clinical Interests

  • Diagnosis and treatment of adult onset hearing loss
  • Diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus
  • The history of audiology
  • Current professional issues

Personal interests and hobbies

  • Playing guitar
  • Watching baseball

Doctoral courses taught:

  • Diagnosis of Auditory Disorders
  • Audiologic Assessment
  • Medical Management of Auditory Disorders
  • Critical Analysis of Research I
  • History of Audiology

Undergraduate courses taught:

  • Introduction to Hearing and Speech Science
  • Principles of Audiology


Peer reviewed publications:


Stead, A., Kaye, J., Dodge H., Wild, K., Hallett, T., & Steiger, J., (2017). Assessment of everyday conversation and acoustic environments to objectively identify changes in cognition: A proof of concept study. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring.

Hallett, T. & Steiger, J. (2015). Automated analysis of spoken language: A gender comparison. International Journal for Innovation, Education, and Research, 3, 6-13.

Steiger, J.R. & Ruhlin, S.U. (2014).  Systematic desensitization of auditory hypersensitivity and vocal pitch disorder treatment in a patient with autism. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice 12(1), 1-6.

Steiger, J.R., Saccone P.A., Einsporn, R., Cox, C., & Squires, M. (2014) AuD students’ perceptions and influences regarding careers in independent practice.  American Journal of Audiology, 23, 44-56. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/13-0022)

Steiger, J.R., Thielman, E.J., & Henry, J.A. (2013).Tinnitus loudness tracking: a “Type V Békésy” pattern does not exist for pseudotinnitusJournal of American Academy of Audiology, 24, 1–7.

Saccone P.A., & Steiger, J.R. (2012). Audiologists’ Professional satisfaction.  American Journal of Audiology, 21, 140-148.

Steiger, J.R., & Saccone, P.A. (2008). Hearing handicap among the homeless. The Journal of the International Society of Audiology, 1(1), 1-5. 

Steiger, J.R., Saccone, P.A., & Watson, K.N. (2007). Assessment of objective pulsitile tinnitus in a patient with syringohydromyelia.Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 18(3), 197-206.

Saccone, P.A., & Steiger, J.R. (2007). Hearing handicap among residents of an urban homeless shelter. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 18(1), 161-172.

Steiger, J.R., & Champon, T. (1997). Valsalva shift among smokers and nonsmokers. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 8(4), 277-27.

Steiger, J.R., & Downs, D. (1993). Differential sensitivity for frequency among speakers of a tone and a nontone language. Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 21(1), 143-163.

Steiger, J.R., Downs, D., & Sommers, R.K. (1992). Contributions of the fundamental, resolved harmonics, and unresolved harmonics to tone-phoneme identification. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 36, 1406-1409.

Steiger, J.R., Downs, D., & Sommers, R.K. (1992). Contributions of subjective tone to tone-phoneme identification. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 21(6), 511-524.


Books and Chapters:


Steiger, J. R. & Miller, E. L. (2017). Diagnostic audiology pocket guide: Evaluation of hearing, tinnitus, and middle ear function. San Diego: Plural Publishing.

Steiger, J. R. (2015). Bone conduction evaluation. In J. Katz, M. Chasin, K. English, L. Hood, & K. Tillery (Eds.), Handbook of clinical audiology (7th ed.) (pp. 49-58). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.


Editorially reviewed publications


Steiger, J.R., Miller, E. L. & Saccone, P.A. (2018).  When should audiologists refer? Audiology Today, May/June 2018.

Freeman, B.A., & Steiger, J.R. (2011).  The professionalization of audiology: Are we making progress?  Audiology Today, 23(3), 43-45.

Bennett, H.N., & Steiger, J.R. (2010). AuD students’ attitudes toward the profession: A 2002 survey repeated in 2009. Audiology Today, 22(6), 53-63. This was a feature article in an issue that earned a 2011 Award of Excellence based on graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. 

Steiger, J.R., Saccone, P.A., Freeman, B.A., & Friedland, E.B. (2009). The Audiology Oath: A survey of the profession. Audiology Today, 21(1), 34-37.

Saccone, P.A., & Steiger, J.R. (2008). Hearing aid care protocol for audiology assistants. Audiology Today, 20(1), 34-37.

Steiger, J. (2005). Signs of a maturing profession. Audiology Today, 17(6), 10.

Steiger J. (2005). Audiologic referral criteria: Sample clinic guidelines. Hearing Journal, 58(5), 38-42.

Steiger, J., & Hamill, T.A. (2004). The tinnitus clinical pathway.  Hearing Journal, 57(7), 26-28.

Hamill, T.A., Friedland, E., Barton, N., Hansel, L., Lim, G., Robinette, M., Roupas, T., Saccone, P., & Steiger, J. (2003). Ethics up close: Common dilemmas.  Advance for Audiologists, July/August, 28-31.

Steiger, J.R., Saccone, P.A., & Freeman, B.A. (2002). A proposed doctoral oath for audiologists. Audiology Today, 14(5), 12-14.

Steiger, J.R., McGuiness, K., & Cicco, L.H. (1993). Hazardous chemicals in audiology and dispensing offices. The Hearing Journal, 46(10), 69-70.