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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


Wilson, Richard H., Rachel A. McArdle, and Sherri L. Smith. “An Evaluation of the BKB-SIN, HINT, QuickSIN, and WIN Materials on Listeners With Normal Hearing and Listeners With Hearing Loss.” J Speech Lang Hear Res 50, no. 4 (August 2007): 844–56.

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Smith, Sherri L., and Robin Lea West. “The application of self-efficacy principles to audiologic rehabilitation: a tutorial.” Am J Audiol 15, no. 1 (June 2006): 46–56.

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Smith, Sherri L., Kenneth J. Gerhardt, Scott K. Griffiths, Xinyan Huang, and Robert M. Abrams. “Intelligibility of sentences recorded from the uterus of a pregnant ewe and from the fetal inner ear.” Audiol Neurootol 8, no. 6 (November 2003): 347–53.

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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 43, no. 3 (n.d.): 712–21.

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Smith, Sherri L., M Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, and Genevieve Alexander. “Development of the Word Auditory Recognition and Recall Measure: A Working Memory Test for Use in Rehabilitative Audiology.” Ear Hear 37, no. 6 (n.d.): e360–76.

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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 Hear 43, no. 2 (n.d.): 487–94.

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