Title: Assistant Professor & Audiology Clinic Coordinator
Office: 242 Memorial Hall
Phone: (309) 298-1955
Amanda Silberer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and serves as the Audiology Clinic Coordinator of the Western Illinois University Speech Language Hearing Clinic. She earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her M.S. in Audiology from Western Illinois University, her clinical doctorate in audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences, and her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Silberer worked clinically in a medical setting with an otolaryngologist prior to joining WIU as an audiology clinical supervisor in 2002. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as well as supervises students in the audiology clinic. In addition, Dr. Silberer provides students opportunities for participating in mass hearing screenings on and off-campus for pediatric and geriatric populations.
Dr. Silberer's research interests include cognitive aging, speech perception, and hearing aids. Specifically, identifying amplification needs of listeners with hearing impairment using more ecologically valid speech perception measures. Her previous work has included collecting normative data for a new multimodal speech perception test for adults and children- The Multimodal Lexical Sentence Test (MLST) developed by Karen I. Kirk and colleagues (2010). She then used the MLST to identify the importance of high frequency information with and without visual cues on speech recognition performance of listeners with normal hearing.
Dr. Silberer holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is an active member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and American Board of Audiologist (ABA).