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Sherri L Smith, PhD, AuD, CCC-A

Co-Chief, Division of Communication Sciences
Senior Fellow, Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Office: 164 Baker House, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC DUMC 3887, Durham, NC 27710

Dr. Smith's core research focuses on improving the assessment and treatment of hearing loss in older adults. Specifically, her work centers on comparing the effectiveness of current hearing interventions, developing new, innovative clinical tools, and examining alternative service-delivery approaches that help patients reach their individual hearing goals and improve their quality of life.

Dr. Smith also collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams to better understand the impact of hearing loss on other health conditions and services. Current projects involve understanding the impact of hearing loss on surgical outcomes in older adults, determining the mechanisms that may explain the independent association between hearing loss and falls in older adults, and comparing different models of hearing screenings for older adults in primary care settings.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Florida, 2003
  • Au.D., University of Florida, 2001
  • B.A., University of Florida, 1997

Publications

Riska, Kristal M., Sarah B. Peskoe, Alex Gordee, Maragatha Kuchibhatla, and Sherri L. Smith. “Response to Powell et al., "Do Hearing Aids Prevent Falls? Commentary on Study From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey".” Am J Audiol 30, no. 4 (December 9, 2021): 1148–49. https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_AJA-21-00144.

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Oliva, Allison, Kristal M. Riska, and Sherri L. Smith. “Test-Retest Reliability of the Listening Self-Efficacy Questionnaire.” American Journal of Audiology 30, no. 4 (December 3, 2021): 1108–13. https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_aja-21-00107.

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Huang, Ryan J., Sherri L. Smith, Libor Brezina, and Kristal M. Riska. “A Comparison of Falls and Dizziness Handicap by Vestibular Diagnosis.” American Journal of Audiology 30, no. 4 (December 2021): 1048–57. https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_aja-21-00086.

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Lyles, Kenneth W., Kristal M. Riska, and Sherri L. Smith. “Is silence golden… In this context, not so much.” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 69, no. 11 (November 2021): 3074–76. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.17444.

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Huang, Ryan J., Kristal M. Riska, Alexander Gordee, Sarah B. Peskoe, Howard W. Francis, David L. Witsell, and Sherri L. Smith. “The Association Between Hearing Loss and Surgical Complications in Older Adults.” Ear Hear, October 27, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0000000000001152.

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Singh, Anisha, Eileen M. Raynor, Janet W. Lee, Sherri L. Smith, Hannah Heet, Doug Garrison, Jordan Wrigley, David M. Kaylie, and Kristal M. Riska. “Vestibular Dysfunction and Gross Motor Milestone Acquisition in Children With Hearing Loss: A Systematic Review.” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 165, no. 4 (October 2021): 493–506. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599820983726.

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Singh, Anisha, Hannah Heet, Dana S. Guggenheim, Margaret Lim, Bhavika Garg, Matthew Bao, Sherri L. Smith, et al. “A Systematic Review on the Association Between Vestibular Dysfunction and Balance Performance in Children With Hearing Loss.” Ear Hear, September 28, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0000000000001131.

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Riska, Kristal M., Sarah B. Peskoe, Maragatha Kuchibhatla, Alexander Gordee, Juliessa M. Pavon, Se Eun Kim, Jessica S. West, and Sherri L. Smith. “Impact of Hearing Aid Use on Falls and Falls-Related Injury: Results From the Health and Retirement Study.” Ear and Hearing, July 29, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1097/aud.0000000000001111.

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Riska, Kristal M., Sarah B. Peskoe, Alex Gordee, Maragatha Kuchibhatla, and Sherri L. Smith. “Preliminary Evidence on the Impact of Hearing Aid Use on Falls Risk in Individuals With Self-Reported Hearing Loss.” Am J Audiol 30, no. 2 (June 14, 2021): 376–84. https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_AJA-20-00179.

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