The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Linda K. Thibodeau


Research Interests

Assistive technology for persons with hearing loss to reduce communication challenges in noisy environments

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 214-905-3108 or 972-883-3463
Office: CR_1.534
Campus Mail Code: CD10
Website: Hearing Health Lab


Dr. Linda Thibodeau is known for her work on assistive technology for persons with hearing loss. Her recent research has focused on the evaluation of wireless technology for those with hearing loss where it was shown that the latest digital technology resulted in significantly better speech recognition in noisy situations than previous non-digital technology. Through interdisciplinary work with engineering faculty, federally-funded research has resulted in open-source platforms that operate on smartphones to enhance speech recognition in noise. Her work in this area is closely related to her teaching, for which she has developed specialized training opportunities in pediatric aural habilitation and adult rehabilitation. Dr. Thibodeau has received the Frederick S. Berg Award in Educational Audiology and the Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award recognizing outstanding achievement in educational audiology. She also has been a delegate to the National Summit on Disabilities. Dr. Thibodeau received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

dos Santos, L., Schafer, E., Thibodeau, L., and Tangerino, R. (2017) The Brazilian Phrases in Noise Test (PINT Brazil). Journal of Educational, Pediatric & (Re)Habilitative Audiology, 23, 1-8.

Panahi,I., Kehtarnavaz, N., and Thibodeau, L. (2016). Smartphone-based noise adaptive speech enhancement for hearing aid applications, IEEExplore, 2016, 85 — 88, DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2016.7590646.

Thibodeau, L. and Working Group S3/81 (2014). ANSI/ASA S3.47 Specification of Performance Measurement of Hearing Assistance Devices/Systems, American National Standards Institute.

Thibodeau, L. (2014). Comparison of Speech Recognition with Adaptive Digital and FM Wireless Technology by Listeners who use Hearing Aids. American Journal of Audiology, 23, 201-210.