While enrolled in the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree program, students are required to engage in a supervised research experience in the field of audiology, referred to as a Capstone Project. Students will complete coursework in research methods and statistics, as well develop and execute a research project that cumulates in both a written and oral presentation. Student research topics can have a foundation in basic science or involve clinical application. Each student’s research project must show evidence of mature scholarship by contributing novel information or by organizing existing information of interest to the profession in a useful manner.

Students begin the research process during the second year of the program. Au.D. students select a faculty research mentor and at least one other committee member to guide their research project. Students then work with their committee to identify a research problem or topic and submit a brief written proposal and plan for approval. During the third year of the program, students implement the approved research project with guidance from their mentor and committee, and write their research paper. All students present their final results during Spring quarter at the Doctor of Audiology Research Colloquium.

At a minimum, students are required to successfully complete the following to meet the research requirement for the Au.D. degree:

  1. SPHSC 504 - Research Methods
  2. One course in Statistics at the 400 level or above (EdPsy 490 or equivalent)
  3. Twelve credits of SPHSC 801 - Capstone Project
  4. Written research paper containing an abstract, literature review, methods description, and results summary
  5. Oral presentation and poster summarizing the research project and results

Recent Capstone Projects included:

  • Comparison of Online Hearing Tests to Conventional Audiometry
  • Auditory Temporal Resolution in Normal Hearing Infants
  • The Learning Curve and Failure Rates in Newborn Hearing Screening Programs
  • Vestibular and Auditory Function Following Hypoxic Birth
  • Oculomotor Performance in Children with Autism
  • Long-Term Effects of Chemical Lesion on a Vestibular Prosthesis
  • The Effectiveness of LACE on First Time Hearing Aid Users
  • Aided Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials in Response to Changes in Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • Speech Understanding in Noise by Monolingual and Bilingual Children
  • Effects of Noise on Auditory Cognitive Skills in Normal Hearing Children: Implications for Children with Hearing Loss
  • Lexical Frequency and Cochlear Implant User Performance on Consonant Nucleus Consonant Word Tests
  • Deactivating Cochlear Implant Channels to Improve Speech Perception
  • Utility of the Spectral Ripple Discrimination Task in Evaluating Cochlear Implant Candidacy