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Current Research and Projects

The Memphis SOUND Project  

The Memphis SOUND (Serving our Underrepresented Neighbors who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing) Project is a community-engaged research project designed to understand hearing health inequities. We are specifically interested in understanding motivators and barriers of Black adults affected by hearing loss. This knowledge is being used to design a community-informed intervention with the goal of increasing hearing healthcare access and utilization in underserved communities. 

For more information on the Memphis SOUND Project.

Communication Public Health 

Understanding factors that influence the health of an entire population, beyond individual care, is crucial for providing effective and equitable healthcare. Adopting a public health perspective equips audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and related professionals with the skills to analyze and address social determinants of health, design and implement effective health promotion strategies, and contribute to policy development aimed at improving health outcomes on a large scale. Dr. Warren is a leader in Communication Public Health, a term she introduced to denote the intersecting interests of public health and fields related to speech, language, and hearing health.

Selected publications: 

Warren, S.E., Lopez, L., Anthony, T., & Coco, L. Communication Public Health: An integration of audiology, speech-language pathology, and public health. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, XX 

Warren, S.E., & Levy, M. (2021). Public Health Frameworks in Audiology Education: Rationale and Model for Implementation. SIG 8 Perspectives on Issues in Public Health Audiology,6: 1513- 1525. doi.org/10.1044/2021_PERSP-21-00087. 

Evidence-based practices in clinical cochlear implants 

The CIRL has a long history in advancing evidence-based techniques to clinical cochlear implant care, including electrode deactivation and bimodal fitting formulas. Dr. Warren also collaborated with writing the American Academy of Audiology’s Cochlear Implant Practice Guidelines. 

Selected publications: 

Warren, S.E., & Atcherson, S.R. (2023). Evaluation of a Clinical Method for Selective Electrode Deactivation in Cochlear Implant Programming. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, section Sensory Neuroscience, 17:1157673, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2023.1157673.  

Warren, S.E., & Baron, A.L. (2023). Audiologists’ Attitudes and Practice Toward Psychosocial Counseling and Referrals with Cochlear Implant Patients. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences: section Strengthening Rehabilitation in Health Systems, vol 4, DOI: 10.3389/fresc.2023.1306485 

Messersmith, J., Entwisle, L., Warren, S., Scott, M. (2019). Clinical Practice Guidelines: Cochlear Implants. American Academy of Audiology. 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 

Dr. Warren and members of CIRL have a long-standing research relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hosptial  

Selected publications include: 

Bass, J.K., Wang, F., Thaxton, M.E., Warren, S.E., Srivastava, D.K., Hudson, M.M., Ness, K.K., & Brinkman, T.M. (2023). Hearing loss, perceived hearing handicap, and patient-reported functional outcomes in adult survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, djad250, doi: 10.1093/jnci/djad250.    

Le Bonheur CI Social Determinants of Health 

Selected publications include:  

Torres-Small, S., Ward, C.N., Thurmond, S.L., Tomescu, A., Smith, R., Macdonald, C.B., Yawn, R., Smith, S., Warren, S.E., & Richard, C. (in review). Inclusive soundscapes: How Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Maternal Age Influence the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Journey. Otology & Neurotology.