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
- Otolaryngology Surgeon- Scientist career Path (OSSP) program
- Evaluation of Unilateral vs Bilateral Hearing Aids for the Treatment of Age-related Hearing Loss
- Falls Related Injuries and Hearing Loss: Understanding the role of hearing healthcare intervention
- Addressing Barriers to Adult Hearing Healthcare