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Patrick N. Plyler, PhD

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Patrick N. Plyler, PhD
Professor and Program Director in Audiology
Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs

  • Diagnostic audiology and balance assessment
  • Amplification, including advanced features in digital hearing instruments and acceptance of background noise 
  • Aural rehabilitation 
Dr. Patrick Plyler has been with UT since 2003. His current research agenda consists of three pathways. One pathway examines the efficacy and effectiveness of advanced features in digital hearing instruments. A second pathway examines the ability to tolerate background noise while listening to speech. Recent research conducted within his laboratory and within the department has focused on determining the mechanism responsible for noise tolerance as well as possible ways to improve noise tolerance for hearing instrument users. Results from the collaborative efforts of the faculty have been featured in invited papers on Audiology Online. The third pathway examines the effects of visual and auditory stimulation on suppression during balance assessment as well as balance assessment in children.
  • BS, East Carolina University, Greenville, (1992)
  • MA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (1993)
  • PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (1998) 


Nov 30, 2023