The Audiologic Rehabilitation Laboratory is located on the James H. Quillen VAMC Campus. The laboratory is composed of one investigator, one research audiologist, and 3 current audiology doctoral students.
The Audiologic Rehabilitation Laboratory research is supported by the Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) Service, Department of Veterans Affairs via the Auditory and Vestibular Dysfunction Research Enhancement Award Program grant and previously, by RR&D supported Career Development Awards.
Sherri Smith, PhD, Director of the Audiologic Rehabilitation Laboratory
Dr. Smith is the Director of the Audiologic Rehabilitation Laboratory and founded the laboratory in 2003. Her overarching research interest falls under the umbrella of audiologic rehabilitation (AR) for older adults. In general, Dr. Smith studies factors that may influence the AR process--from assessment to interventions (hearing aids and beyond) to outcome assessment. In particular, her research examines self-efficacy, auditory working memory, dual-sensory impairment (concurrent hearing and vision loss), questionnaire development, and clinical utility of outcome measures in the AR process. The end goal of her research is to develop clinical tools and service delivery processes to tailor a given patient's AR plan such that his/her individualized goals are optimized, resulting in an improved quality of life.
Kelley Dwyer, B.S., Audiology Doctoral Student
Kelley is a 4th year audiology doctoral student who completed her undergraduate training at the University of Georgia. She has been a member of the lab since 2010 and believes her experience in the lab has helped her to develop effective interpersonal skills as well as, data collection skills. She completed her capstone project in the lab which explored the unique difficulties that Dual Sensory Impaired (hearing impaired and vision impaired) Veterans experience while using their hearing aids.
Current students working in the laboratory include Diana Henderson, Kelsey King and Kelley Dwyer.
Standard audiometric suite
Hearing Aid Fitting Equipment
Smith, S. L., Bennett, L. W., & Wilson, R. H. (2008). Prevalence and characteristics of dual-sensory impairment (hearing and vision) in a veteran population. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 45, 597-610. PMID: 18712645
Smith, S. L., Noe, C. M., & Alexander, G. (2009). Evaluation of the International Outcomes Inventory for Hearing Aids in a veteran sample. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 20, 374-380. PMID: 19594085
Echt, K. V., Smith, S. L., Backscheider-Burridge, A., & Spiro III, A. (2010). Longitudinal changes in hearing sensitivity among men: the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128 (4), 1992-2002.
Smith, S. L., Pichora-Fuller, M. K., Watts, K. W., & La More, C. (2011). Development of the Listening Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (LSEQ). International Journal of Audiology, 50, 417-425.
Smith, S. L. & Fagelson, M. (2011). Development of the Self-Efficacy for Tinnitus Management Questionnaire. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 22, 424-440.
Smith, S. L., Pichora-Fuller, M. K., Wilson, R. H., & MacDonald, E. N. (In press). Word recognition for temporally and spectrally distorted materials: the effects of age and hearing loss. Ear and Hearing.
Wilson, R. H., McArdle, R. A., Watts, K. L., & Smith, S. L. (In press). The Revised Speech Perception In Noise Test (R-SPIN) in a Multiple Signal-to-Noise Ratio Paradigm. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology.
Smith, S. L., Ricketts, T., McArdle, R. A., Chisolm, T. H., & Bratt, G. (In press). Style Preference Survey: A Report on the Psychometric Properties and a Cross-Validation Experiment. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. .
Smith, S. L. (In press). Self-Efficacy Theory in Audiologic Rehabilitation. In Joseph J. Montano & Jacyln B. Spitzer (Eds.), Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation.
McDaniel, L., Fagelson, M., & Smith, S. L. Changes in scores of Tinnitus Handicap Inventory over time. Presented at the Association of Veteran Affairs Audiologists, Charlotte, NC, April, 2, 2008.
Smith, S. L. & Fagelson, M.A. Preliminary psychometric results of a tinnitus self-efficacy questionnaire. Poster presented at the IXth International Tinnitus Congress; Goteborg, Sweden, June 15-18, 2008.
Fagelson, M.A., Smith, S. L., & McDaniel, L.M. Analysis of self-assessed tinnitus handicap in patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Poster presented at the IXth International Tinnitus Congress; Goteborg, Sweden, June 15-18, 2008.
Smith, S. L., & Noe, C. M. Evaluation of the IOI-HA in a veteran population. Poster presented at the International Hearing Aid Research Conference, Lake Tahoe, California, August 13-17, 2008.
Smith, S. L. & Ricketts, T. Development of the Style Specific Satisfaction Survey. Presentation at the Fifth International Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation Conference, Tampa, FL, March 16-18, 2009.
Smith, S. L. & Pichora-Fuller, M. K. Listening self-efficacy of older adults with hearing loss. Presented at the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, Bettendorf, IA, September 9-11, 2009.
Smith, S. L., Pichora-Fuller, M. K., & Wilson, R. H. Effects of signal quality and level, background noise, age, and hearing loss on word-recognition performances. Poster presented at the Aging and Speech Communication: Third International and Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Bloomington, IN, October 12-14, 2009.
Smith, S. L., Pichora-Fuller, M. K., & Wilson, R. H. Development of an auditory working memory word-span test: Test design and preliminary results. Poster presented at the Phonak Hearing Care for Adults 2009 – The Challenge of Aging, Chicago, IL, November, 15-18, 2009.
Cambron, N., Wargo, M., & Smith, S. L. VA bilateral cochlear implant candidacy protocol. Presented at the Joint Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs Audiology Conference, Orlando, FL, February 21-23, 2010.
Draper, S., Smith, S. L., & Smurzynski, J. "Listening in the dips" and temporal fine structure abilities. Poster presented at the American Academy of Audiology Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, April 7-9, 2011.
Chisolm, T.H., McArdle, R., Saunders, G.H., Smith, S.L., Wilson, R. Efficacy of auditory training for adults: preliminary results. Presented at the International Conference on Adult Hearing Screening AHS 2010. Cernobbio (Como Lake), Italy, June 10-12, 2010.
Saunders, G.H., Chisolm, T.H., McArdle, R., Smith, S.L., Wilson, R. Evaluation of auditory training with veterans: preliminary results. Presented at the International Hearing Aid Conference (IHCON). Lake Tahoe CA, August 11-15, 2010.
Teahen, M., Saunders, G.H., Chisolm, T.H., Smith, S.L., McArdle, R., Wilson, R., Silverman, S., Boyle, C., Hatcher, M., Vachhani, J.J. Training habits and outcomes from a computerized auditory training program. Poster presented at the Institute of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, San Francisco CA, September 12-14, 2010.
Chisolm, T., McArdle, R., Saunders, G., Smith, S.L., & Wilson, R. A randomized controlled trial of auditory training for adults. Presented at the International Collegium for Rehabilitative Audiology Biannual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, May 18-20, 2011.
Pichora-Fuller, M.K., Singh, G., Chasteen, A., & Smith, S. The convergence of psychological and behavioral measures reflected in self-report measures of hearing. Presentation, International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology Conference, Toronto, May 2011.
Smith, S. L., Pichora-Fuller, M. K., Wilson, R. H., & Watts, K. Development of a clinically feasible auditory word-span memory measure. Poster presentation at the International Aging and Speech Communication Conference, Bloomington, IN, October 9-12, 2011.
Hnath-Chisolm, T., Wilson, R. H., Teahen, M., Saunders, G., Smith, S. L., & McArdle, R. Can we teach "old ears" new tricks? auditory training in older adults? Oral presentation at the International Aging and Speech Communication Conference, Bloomington, IN, October 9-12, 2011.
Pichora-Fuller, M. K., Chasteen, A. L. Dupuis, K., Singh, G. & Smith, S. L. Negative beliefs of aging influence hearing through beliefs about listening abilities. Poster presentation at the American Acoustical Society Scientific and Technology Meeting, Scottsdale AZ, March 8-10, 2012.
Chasteen, A.L., Dupuis, K., Pichora-Fuller, M.K., Singh, G., & Smith, S. L. Sunny side down: How negative views of aging influence memory function and metacognitive beliefs. Plenary Presentation (selected for plenary presentation from abstract submissions by organizing committee), Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, April, 2012.
Dupuis, K., Chasteen, A.L., Marchuk, V., Pichora-Fuller, M.K., Singh, G., & Smith, S. L. Are "community-dwelling healthy older adults" cognitively "normal"? Poster, Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, April, 2012.
Smith, S. L. Development of a new auditory working memory measure: Preliminary results. Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology Institute, Providence, RI, September 10, 2012
2009 VA Leadership and Effectiveness Development Trainee (local)
2009 Travel Scholarship ($900) to attend Ear-to-Brain Conference, VA National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland, OR 2007 Hearing Journal Best Article in Audiologic Rehabilitation Category