Kelly L Tremblay, Ph.D., CCC-A
Dr. Tremblay is an audiologist and an auditory neuroscientist who specializes in Aging and Communication. With this background she is keenly aware of the communication difficulties experienced by people with age-related hearing loss and developed a translational program of research aimed at optimizing auditory rehabilitation. People are living longer and thus the older proportion of the U.S. and global population is rapidly growing. According to the Census Bureau’s projection that the elderly population will more than double by the year 2040 and there are dire predictions about the inability to meet the health and communication needs of our aging society. Her research area addresses this concern in two ways: (1) by identifying physiological and perceptual processes associated with aging and hearing loss. Her NIH funded research has yielded much information about the aging auditory system as well as the effects of amplification on the brain, and (2) by working with public health officials to disseminate and implement much needed information and services. She is currently leading a multi-country NIH funded study to identify universal unmet needs in hearing health care and is working with World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure these needs are addressed.