Dr. Kara Leyzac received her B.S. in hearing, speech and language Sciences from Ohio University (2004). She received her Au.D. from the University of Maryland (2010). She also received a Ph.D. in clinical audiology from the University of Maryland (2010).
Areas of Interest
Dr. Kara Leyzac's research interests are closely aligned with of the Pfingst Laboratory. Together they are looking at how cochlear health (e.g., spiral ganglion neuron count, hair cell count and other attributes) can be captured using objective measures. They are also using those objective measures in humans to estimate cochlear health and then using those measures to determine if they relate to speech recognition. Future work will look to use those measures to modify cochlear implant mapping in humans and ultimately improve speech recognition.
Honors & Awards
- Training Fellowship, Training Program in Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing, University of Maryland (2007-2009)
- Sertoma International Communications Disorders Scholarship (2008)
- William F. Austin Scholarship, Starkey Foundation (2009)