Hearing Conservation Lab

Director

tuftsDr. Jennifer Tufts is an associate professor of audiology in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department at the University of Connecticut. She is a past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association. She is a past recipient of NHCA’s Outstanding Lecture Award (2014) and Outstanding Poster Award (2010). Her research interests include hearing protection and enhancement devices, auditory fitness for duty, and music perception and hearing loss. Her research has been funded by the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and Phonak Communications AG. Contact:Jennifer Tufts, Ph.D., CCC-A
University of Connecticut
Department of SLHS
850 Bolton Rd., Unit 1085
Storrs, CT 06269 USA

jennifer.tufts@uconn.edu

Phone: 860-486-4082
Fax: 860-486-5422

Current Au.D. students

Christopher Briody
Jacqueline DiFrancesco (dual-degree Au.D./Ph.D.)
Elizabeth Flynn
Kelsey Tuthill
Sara Boszik
Marisa Husereau
Jessica Lally
Ariana Quinn
Sorina Sotis

 Current projects

  • Investigating relationships between hearing ability and operational performance (in partnership with Army Audiology & Speech Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)
  • Evaluating listening effort under varied listening conditions (in partnership with Army Audiology & Speech Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)
  • Developing a military-specific sound detection test (in partnership with Creare, Inc.)
  • Characterizing hearing hazards faced by UConn music ensemble participants

Publications and proceedings

Sheffield, B., Brungart, D., Tufts, J., and Ness, J. (2015). The relationship between hearing acuity and operational performance in dismounted combat. To be presented at the HFES 2015 International Annual Meeting.

Cook, L., & Tufts, J.B. (in preparation).  Auditory fitness for duty.  Chapter in forthcoming Suter, A.H. (ed.). Hearing Conservation Manual, 5th ed.  Milwaukee, WI: Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation.

Tufts, J.B., & Casali, J.G. (in preparation).  Speech communication and signal detection in noise.  Chapter 14 in forthcoming Meinke, D. (ed.). Noise Manual, 6th ed.  Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Tufts, J.B., Meinke, D., & Berger, E.H. (in preparation).  Noise control and hearing conservation: Why do it?  Chapter 1 in forthcoming Meinke, D. (ed.). Noise Manual, 6th ed. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Brammer, A., Yu, G., Bernstein, E., Cherniack, M., Peterson, D., & Tufts, J.B. (2014).  Understanding speech when wearing communication headsets and hearing protectors with subband processing.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136, 671-681. PDF

Tufts, J.B., Chen, S., & Marshall, L. (2013).  Attenuation as a function of the canal length of custom-molded earplugs: A pilot study.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(6), EL446-EL451.  PDF

Tufts, J.B. (2012).  For those about to rock.  Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, 13(1), 29-35. Click here

Tufts, J.B., Jahn, K., & Byram, J. (2012).  Consistency of attenuation across multiple fittings of custom and non-custom earplugs.  Annals of Occupational Hygiene; doi: 10.1093/annhyg/mes096. PDF

Tufts, J.B., Palmer, J.V., & Marshall, L. (2012).  Measurements of earplug attenuation under supra-aural and circumaural headphones. International Journal of Audiology, 51(10), 730-738.  PDF

Tufts, J.B., Hamilton, M.A, Ucci, A.J, & Rubas, J. (2011). Evaluation by industrial workers of passive and level-dependent hearing protection devices.  Noise and Health, 13(50), 26-36. PDF

Byrne, D.C., Michael, K.L., & Tufts, J.B. (2011). Industrial noise and hearing conservation.  Chapter 34 in Rose, V.E., & Cohrssen, B. (eds.) Patty’s Industrial Hygiene, 6th ed., vol. 3: Physical and biological agents. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Brammer, A.J., Yu, G., Bernstein, E.R., Cherniack, M.G., Tufts, J.B., and Peterson, D.R. (2011).  Intelligibility of speech corrupted by nonlinear distortion.  Proceedings of the 10th International Congress on the Biological Effects of Noise as a Public Health Problem, London, UK, pp. 287-292.

Tufts, J.B. (2010).  How well must you hear…to be safe?  Spectrum, 27(2), 1, 6-7.

Tufts, J.B., Weathersby, P.K, & Rodriguez, F. (2010). Modeling the United States government’s economic cost of noise-induced hearing loss for a military population. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment, and Health, 36(3), 242-249.  PDF

Tufts, J.B., Vasil, K., & Briggs, S. (2009). Auditory fitness for duty: A review. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 20, 539-557.  PDF

  • Chosen for inclusion in The Hearing Journal’s Best of 2009: Diagnostic Audiology.
  • Synopses published by French trade journals Audio infos and Audiology infos.

Chung, K., Tufts, J.B., & Nelson, L. (2009).  Modulation-based digital noise reduction for application to hearing protectors to reduce noise and maintain intelligibility. Human Factors, 51(1), 78-89. PDF

Tufts, J.B., Weathersby, P.K., & Marshall, L. (2009).  Estimation of equivalent noise exposure level using hearing threshold levels of a population.Ear and Hearing, 30(2), 287-290.  PDF

  • Chosen for inclusion in The Hearing Journal’s Best of 2009: Diagnostic Audiology.

Brammer, A.J., Yu, G., Bernstein, E.R., Peterson, D.R., Cherniack, M.G., & Tufts, J.B. (2009).  Monitoring sound pressure at the eardrum for hearing conservation.  Canadian Acoustics, 37(3), 108‑109.

Brammer, A.J., Yu, G., Bernstein, E.R., Peterson, D.R., Cherniack, M.G., & Tufts, J.B. (2009).  Field measurement of sound pressure at the eardrum.  Inter-Noise 2009, Institute of Noise Control Engineering, Ames, IA, 1-7.

Leek, M.R., Molis, M.R., Kubli, L.R., & Tufts, J.B. (2008).  Enjoyment of music by elderly hearing-impaired listeners.  Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 19, 519-526. PDF

Tufts, J.B., & Weathersby, P.K. (2008). User-friendly parameterization of an unscreened population dataset for the prediction of noise-related and age-related hearing threshold shifts. Proceedings of the 9th Congress of the International Commission on the Biological Effects of Noise as a Public Health Problem, IfADo, Dortmund, Germany, 138.

Tufts, J.B., & Molis, M.R. (2007). Roughness perception in normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 121(4), EL161-EL167. PDF

Geiger, M., Tufts, J.B., Weathersby, P., & Marshall, L. (2007). A tool for quantifying noise hazard risk in system safety analysis.  Proceedings of the 25th International System Safety Conference, System Safety Society, Unionville, VA, 1-10.

Tufts, J.B., Weathersby, P.K., Marshall, L. & Sachs, F. (2007).  Model for estimating noise-induced hearing loss associated with occupational noise exposure in a specified U.S. Navy population. Technical Report No. 1247. Groton, CT: Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory.

Sachs, F., Weathersby, P.K., Marshall, L. & Tufts, J.B. (2007).  Model for estimating life-cycle costs associated with noise-induced hearing loss. Technical Report No. 1248. Groton, CT: Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory.

Grant, K.W., Tufts, J.B., & Greenberg, S. (2007).  Integration efficiency within and across sensory modalities by normal-hearing and hearing-impaired individuals.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 121(2), 1164-1176. PDF

Tufts, J.B., Molis, M.R., & Leek, M.R. (2005).  Perception of dissonance by people with normal hearing and sensorineural hearing loss.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 118(2), 955-967. PDF

Tufts, J.B., & Frank, T. (2003).  Speech production in noise with and without hearing protection.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 114(3), 1069-1081. PDF

Tufts, J.B. (2003).  The effects of hearing protectors on speech. Update: Newsletter of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation, 15(3), 3, 10.

Tufts, J.B., & Frank, T. (2000). Permissible noise levels in audiometric test rooms. Update: Newsletter of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation, 11(1), 1, 6.