Michelle Hughes

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Cochlear Implant Research Lab

Michelle Hughes

Professor

Ph.D., Hearing Science, University of Iowa, 2003
M.A., Audiology, University of Iowa, 1995
B.S., Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992

Michelle Hughes, Ph.D., CCC-A, is a professor and the director of the Cochlear Implant Research Lab (CIRL) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She teaches the Implantable Prosthetics and Auditory Assessment: Infants & Children courses.

Michelle’s research interests involve examining the relation between physiology and perception in cochlear implants and investigating ways to incorporate telepractice into cochlear implant service delivery. She currently holds two NIH-funded grants to support this work. 

Prior to joining the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders in August 2018, Michelle spent 15 years at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, where she served as a senior scientist, director of the Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory and coordinator of the cochlear implant program. 

Michelle earned her master’s in audiology and doctorate in hearing science from the University of Iowa. She completed her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology at Nebraska. She serves on the Editorial Board for Ear and Hearing, and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Auditory Society, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and American Academy of Audiology.


Areas of Expertise:

    Physiology and perception in cochlear implants
    Tele-practice for cochlear implant clinical service delivery
    Effects of illicit drug and opioid misuse on auditory function

Professional Highlights

Experience
2021-present, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2018-present, Director, Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2018-21, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2015-18, Senior Scientist and Director, Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska2013-15, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2005-13, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2003-15, Coordinator, Cochlear Implant Program, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska1997-2003, Research Assistant III, Cochlear Implant Electrophysiology Lab, Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics1996-97, Clinical Fellow in Audiology, Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Memberships
Auditory Implant ResearchAmerican Auditory SocietyAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationAmerican Academy of Audiology