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: 972-883-3108 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

Thibodeau, L., Nielsen, R., Tran, C., and Jacob, R. (2021). Communicating During COVID-19: The Effect of Transparent Masks for Speech Recognition in Noise. Ear and Hearing, 42, 772-781.

Shankar, N., Bhat, G., Panahi, I., Tittle, S., & Thibodeau, L. (2021). Smartphone-based single-channel speech enhancement application for hearing aids. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 150.

Turton, L., Souza, P., Thibodeau, L., Hickson, L., Gifford, R., Bird, J., Stropahl, M., Gailey, L., Fulton, B., Scarinci, N., Ekberg, K., & Timmer, B. (2020). Guidelines for Best Practice in the Audiological Management of Adults with Severe and Profound Hearing Loss. Seminars in Hearing, 41(03), 141-246.

Thibodeau, L, (2019) Benefit in Speech Recognition in Noise in Group Settings obtained with Wireless Microphones. J Am Acad Audiol. 2019 Nov 15:0.

Thibodeau, L. (2019.) Benefits of Remote Microphone Technology in Health Care Management for the World War II Generation, ASHA Perspectives.

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.

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