Mountain Home Hearing and Balance Research Program
Kim S. Schairer, Ph.D.
PO Box 4000
James H Quillen VA Medical Center
Mountain Home, TN 37684
Current AppointmentsService Chief, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center
Clinical Audiologist, Audiology, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center
Director, Applied Hearing Research Laboratory, Hearing and Balance Research Program
Professor, Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, East Tennessee State University
Dr. Schairer has two main channels of research. One goal is to use non-behavioral tests to study how sound transmits through the middle and inner ears and how disorders to these parts of the auditory system can affect the transmission of sound. Veterans may benefit from an improvement in the identification and differentiation of middle ear disorders. These findings can be used by physicians to make decisions about diagnosis and treatment.
The second goal is to use behavioral tests to study the variability of sound processing and how it affects a listener's ability to focus on a listening task and understand speech in noise. Behavioral hearing tests combined with measures of tinnitus, dizziness, and anxiety provide a complete picture of "listening" and the difficulties that can be associated with age, head injuries, and other factors. It may benefit Veterans by improving our ability to identify patients with hearing loss who have increased variability in sound processing and may need more follow-up to adjust to new amplification.
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