Karen A. Doherty

Professor and Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders


Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Doherty specializes in speech perception in the hearing-impaired, psychoacoustics, and amplification, with a specific interest in improving hearing aid fitting protocols for older people. Dr. Doherty is a Gerontology Faculty Affiliate since 2007.




Courses

CSD 673 Hearing Aids I
CSD 674 Hearing Aids II
CSD 325 Fundamentals of Hearing Science
CSD 666 Speech Perception and Psychoacoustics




Recent Publications

Shi, L.F., Doherty, K. A., & Zwislocki, J. J. (2007). Aided Loudness Growth and Satisfaction with Everyday Loudness Perception in Compression Hearing-Aid Users. Journal of American Academy of Audiology, 18, 206- 219.


Shi, L. F., Doherty, K. A., Kordas, T. M., & Pellegrino, J. T. (2007). Short- and Long-Term Hearing-Aid Benefit and User Satisfaction: A Comparison between Two Fitting Protocols. Journal of American Academy of Audiology, 18 (6), 482-495. * Cited by The Hearing Journal Special Issue: Honoring the Year's Best Articles (June 2008) as one of the best hearing aid papers published in 2007.


Calandruccio, L., and Doherty, K. A. (2007). Spectral weighting functions for sentences measured by a correlational method. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 121, 3827- 3836.


Calandruccio, L., Doherty, K. A., Carney, L. H., & Kikkeri, H. (2007). Perception of temporally processed speech by hearing-impaired listeners. Ear and Hearing, 28 (4), 512-523.


Calandruccio, L., and Doherty, K. A. (2008). Spectral weighting strategies for hearing-impaired listeners measured using a correlational method. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 123, 2367-2378.


Shi, L. and Doherty, K.A. (2008). Effect of Dynamic Compression Characteristics and Reverberation on Aided Speech Perception. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 51 (5), 1-13.


Desjardins, J. L. and Doherty, K.A. (2009). Do experienced hearing aid users know how to correctly use their hearing aids? American Journal of Audiology, 8, 1-8. ** Selected to be highlighted and reviewed in a French health magazine - Benoit, A. (2010 January). Comment améliorer l'utilisation des aides auditives. Audio infos, 143, 54-57. ** Cited by The Hearing Journal Special Issue: A Guide to the Year’s Best Reading in Audiology (June 2009) as one of the best audiologic rehabilitation papers published in 2009.




Education

University of Rhode Island, B.S., Communicative Disorders, 1985
University of Connecticut, M.S., Audiology, 1987
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., Audiology, 1994




Career

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Syracuse University

2001- present:

Institute for Sensory Research Member, Syracuse University 2002- present

Gerontology Faculty Affiliate, Syracuse University, 2007- present

Center for Aging and Policy Studies, Syracuse University, 2009- present

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Syracuse University

1996-2001:

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry –Otolaryngology Division, 2000-2001

Research Associate (postdoctoral work), Syracuse University, 1994-1996

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center

Research Assistant in the Auditory Behavioral Research Lab (Dr. Robert Lutfi) 1990-1994

Research Assistant in Language Lab (Dr. Robin Chapman) 1993-1994

Clinical Audiologist, Wethersfield Hearing Center, Wethersfield, CT, 1987-1989




Research Spotlight

Our research is focused on improving hearing communication for older people. We study the effects of cognitive aging and age related hearing loss on people’s ability to perceive speech. In our studies we focus on both the effects of bottom up (peripheral hearing) and top-down (central processes) processing on older people's ability to perceive speech and successfully use hearing aids. The long-term goal of our work is to increase the benefit and satisfaction that older people receive from wearing hearing aids and using other assistive listening devices.