San Diego State University

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Laura Dreisbach Hawe

Laura Dreisbach Hawe

Laura Dreisbach Hawe

Associate Professor, Audiology
Director, Auditory Physiology and Psychoacoustics Laboratory

Phone: (619) 594-4177
Office: SLHS 231

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  • Ph.D. Audiology and Hearing Sciences, Northwestern University, 1999
  • M.S. Audiology, Pennsylvania State University, 1991
  • B.S. Communication Disorders, Pennsylvania State University, 1989

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • American Academy of Audiology
  • American Auditory Society

Academic and Clinical Teaching Areas

  • Auditory Evoked Potentials
  • Pediatric Audiology

Scholarly Areas

Dr. Dreisbach’s primary research interests include the characterization of otoacoustic emissions, sounds generated by the healthy ear, using ultra-high frequency stimuli. Her research focuses specifically on the development of objective tests of ultra-high frequency hearing and frequency selectivity using both distortion-product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) and stimulus frequency otoacoustic emissions (SFOAEs).

Selected Publications

  • Dreisbach, L., Long, K., and Lees, S. (2006) Repeatability of high-frequency distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) in normally hearing adults. Ear and Hearing. 27: 466-479.
  • Kramer, S., Dreisbach, L., Lockwood, J., Baldwin, K., Kopke, R., Scranton, S., and O’Leary, M. (2006) Efficacy of the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in protecting ears exposed to loud music. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 17: 265-278.
  • Dreisbach, L., and Siegel, J. (2005) Level dependence of distortion-product otoacoustic emissions measured at high frequencies in humans. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 117: 2980-2988.
  • Dreisbach, L., Leek, M., and Lentz, J. (2005) Perception of Spectral Contrast by Hearing-Impaired Listeners. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 48: 910-921.
  • Kubli, L., Leek, M., and Dreisbach, L. (2005) Acoustic Reflexes to Schroeder-Phase Harmonic Complexes in Normal-Hearing and Hearing-Impaired Individuals. Hearing Research. 202: 1-12.
  • Dunckley, K., and Dreisbach, L. (2004) Gender Effects on High Frequency Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions in Humans. Ear and Hearing. 25: 554-564.
  • Dreisbach, L., and Siegel, J. (2001) Distortion-Product Otoacoustic Emissions Measured at High Frequencies in Humans. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 110(5): 2456-2469.
  • Frank, T., and Dreisbach, L. (1991) Repeatability of High-Frequency Thresholds. Ear and Hearing. 12: 294-294.