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Baiduc, Rachael Rebecca

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research overview

  • 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.


  • otoacoustic emissions, cardiovascular disease risk factors, age-related hearing loss, presbycusis


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courses taught

  • SLHS 3014 - Hearing Loss Epidemiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 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
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    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 5012 - Evidence-based Practice and Research Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Focuses on the knowledge of research methods and the application of research principles into clinical practice. In particular, covers quantitative research methods that are in speech-language pathology clinical settings. Will cover (1) clinical practice and research methods in speech, language and hearing sciences; (2) single-subject designs in clinical settings; (3) introduction to data collection, data organization and data analysis; (4) interpretation and presentation of clinical data. Formerly SLHS 5000.
  • SLHS 6544 - Auditory Processes: Adult Assessment
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    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
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2022
    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.


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