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National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)


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NCRAR's research focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and rehabilitation of auditory system disorders.

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The NCRAR contributes to the VA's mission to recruit, mentor and train the next generation of clinicians and clinical researchers.

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NCRAR provides information to Veterans and the public about hearing conservation, how to prevent further hearing loss and how to manage tinnitus.

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National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)

NCRAR's mission is to improve the quality of life of Veterans and others with hearing and balance problems through clinical research, technology development, and education that leads to better patient care.

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NCRAR hosts monthly seminars feature renowned scientists from around the world.
All seminars take place 12-1 pm Pacific Time in VA Portland Health Care System, Building 101, Room 109. Most are also broadcast live via v-tel to other VA facilities and are available on DVD by request from

Click here for a list of upcoming seminars.


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The NCRAR hosts an international conference every two years in Portland, Oregon, bringing together clinical researchers and practicing audiologists in an interactive format with the goal of translating research findings into practice.

The most recent conference was held October 4-6, 2017, and the topic was Translating Tinnitus Research Findings into Clinical Practice. For more details, click here.

To find out more about past conferences, click here.

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Click on the above link to find out how Dr. Gallun uses brain training to empower the hearing impaired.

Congratulations to NCRAR's Dr. Gabrielle Saunders on receiving the Ear and Hearing Editor's award for Outstanding Research in Audiology and the Hearing Sciences!

At the American Auditory Society (AAS) meeting held earlier in March, Dr. Saunders and her fellow authors (Sherri L. Smith, Theresa H. Chisholm, Melissa T. Frederick, Rachel A. McArdle, Richard H. Wilson) were recognized for their article entitled A Randomized Control Trial: Supplementing Hearing Aid Use with Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE) Auditory Training, which was published in the July/August 2016 Issue of Ear and Hearing 37 (4): 381-396.

Also at the AAS meeting, NCRAR's Dr. Naomi Bramhall was selected to present this year's prestigious Young Investigator Research Presentation. The title of her presentation was "Challenging Life's Assumptions: Lessons from Hidden Hearing Loss." She provided an overview of her current research on hidden hearing loss in Veterans. She also shared a unique perspective based on her journey, including the assumptions she made and what she learned along the way. Well done, Dr. Bramhall!

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