S. Benjamin Kanters, MM, Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Co-Director, Audio Design & Production, Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics, Columbia College Chicago; Founder, The Hearing Conservation Workshop & HearTomorrow.Org
Benj Kanters earned his BS in Speech and his MM in Music Technology, both from Northwestern University. He has been on the faculty of Columbia College since 1993, after twenty years in the audio and music industries, including fourteen years as adjunct professor of audio in Northwestern University’s Schools of Speech and Music. Through the 1970s, he was partner and sound engineer with the Chicago area concert club, Amazingrace. During the 1980s, he was partner and chief managing engineer of Studiomedia Recording Company in Evanston.
After studying hearing physiology in graduate school, he continued to research developments in the field, and found an equal interest in hearing conservation. In 2000 he developed the course Studies in Hearing to teach hearing physiology to students majoring in audio and acoustics. It’s the only such course offered in any college program of its kind. In 2007, he founded The Hearing Conservation Workshop, visiting colleges and universities to teach hearing physiology and conservation to future audio, music and hearing industry professionals.
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS:
Audio Engineering Society
National Hearing Conservation Association
Performing Arts Medicine Association
Advisory Board Member –
Hugh Knowles Hearing Center, Northwestern University
Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation
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