My research focuses on risk factors associated with sensorineural hearing loss, particularly cardiovascular disease risk factors. Behavioral and physiological approaches are used, including innovative otoacoustic emission applications. My current work (supported by a grant from the American Hearing Research Foundation) uses machine learning to explore sex-specific audiometric phenotypes associated with cardiovascular disease risk factors. I am also involved in research the relationship between cardiometabolic risk factors and hearing loss in the Hispanic/Latino population and in African Americans.
SLHS 3014 - Hearing Loss Epidemiology
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Introduces students to basic epidemiological concepts related to hearing loss. Provides an overview of the hearing mechanism, assessment and identification of hearing loss, prevalence of hearing disorders, treatment and intervention. Noise pollution, aging and toxic agents are discussed. Focuses on risk factors for hearing impairment and comorbidities.
SLHS 4704 - Audiological Evaluation
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Studies basic principles and techniques of hearing evaluation, including pure-tone, speech, immittance, and advanced audiometry; hearing conservation in hospital, school, and industrial settings; and identification and evaluation of auditory pathologies. Required projects in screening and pure-tone audiometry.
SLHS 6544 - Auditory Processes: Adult Assessment
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Advanced study on the current science surrounding hearing assessment of adults across the age span. Includes theoretical foundations and clinical applications.
SLHS 7450 - Audiology Capstone Project
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Provides an individualized project for AUD, completed prior to initiation of final clinical year. May be in the form of research-based investigation, an evidence-based position paper, a clinical protocol based on peer-reviewed literature, a grant proposal, or another format approved by AUD committee. Project requires approved proposal by AUD committee andfocused study supervised by capstone advisor.