Dr. Punch, an audiologist, has held clinical, academic, and administrative positions in diverse professional settings. He came to MSU in 1990, where he has taught multiple courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; conducted research on a variety of topics related to hearing aids, hearing aid fitting procedures, hearing handicap, and hearing loss prevention; and served as department chairperson from 1994-2000. Retired since May 2011, he maintains an office in the department and continues to pursue his professional interests in hearing handicap, hearing loss prevention, and community noise. He currently serves as the college representative to the University Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (UCRIHS), and is a member of the CoSAGE (Community-Based Cooperative for Studies Across Generations) research team, which is an interdisplinary project aimed at determining the impact of genetic and environmental factors on highly prevalent health conditions. Dr. Punch is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology, and is the recipient of several research and service awards. He consults as a forensic audiologist in cases involving hearing performance standards and community noise, and has a special interest in the association between wind-turbine noise and adverse health effects.
Key Research Interest
Recent research interests include the development of hearing performance standards for hearing-critical occupations, the effects of individual vs. group hearing loss prevention training, hearing loss due to exposure to loud music, the measurement of most comfortable and uncomfortable loudness levels, the development and evaluation of low-cost hearing aids, the role of genetic and environmental factors in hearing impairment, and adverse health effects from wind-turbine noise.