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M. Patrick Feeney, Ph.D.

Telephone: 503-273-5306
Email: patrick.feeney@va.gov 

Congratulations to Dr. Feeney! He has been recognized by the American Academy of Audiology for his work to improve the lives of Veterans and others affected by hearing loss. The academy presented Feeney with the 2019 Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology. Over the last 30 years, his research has focused on peripheral and central auditory function in Veterans and others. For more about the award, click here.

Current appointments

Director, NCRAR
Professor, OHSU Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Research interests and current projects 

Dr. Feeney’s research program involves the evaluation of peripheral auditory function, with a focus in the area of middle-ear and cochlear assessment and diagnosis. He recently completed an NIH funded multi-center, multiple-PI R01grant from NIDCD with collaborators Douglas Keefe, Ph.D. of the Boys Town National Research Hospital and Lisa Hunter, Ph.D. at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on the application of a wideband middle-ear and cochlear test battery. They evaluated the use of wideband acoustic transfer functions to evaluate middle ear disorders in adults and infants, and to use wideband, click-evoked otoacoustic emissions in the assessment of ototoxicity in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Additional work in planned to further evaluate auditory function in CF patients to include functional effects of ototoxicity on speech processing. He is collaborating with Keefe and Kim Schairer, Ph.D. of VA at Mountain Home TN in a multi-site study to examine the use of a wideband test battery including reflectance and otoacoustic emissions to evaluate Veterans with sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. An additional research focus is a current project evaluating the use of automated adult hearing screening, for which he serves as PI on an NIH-NIDCD R21/R33 grant Community-based kiosks for hearing screening and education.

Recent publications

  • Feeney, M. P., & Sanford, C. A. (2008). Middle-Ear Measurement. Chapter in J. Madell and C. Flexer, Pediatric Audiology: Diagnosis, Technology, and Management. Thieme: New York.
  • Feeney, M. P., Grant, I. L. & Mills, D. M. (2009). Wideband energy reflectance measurements of ossicular chain discontinuity and repair in human temporal bone. Ear and Hearing, 30, 391-400.
  • Keefe, D. H., & Feeney, M. P. (2009). Principles of acoustic immittance and acoustic transfer functions.  Chapter in J. Katz, Handbook of Clinical Audiology, 6th edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins: Baltimore.
  • Hunter, L. L., Feeney, M. P., Lapsley-Miller, J. A., Jeng, P. S., & Bohning, S. (2010). Wideband reflectance in newborns: Normative regions and relationship to hearing screening results. Ear and Hearing, 31, 599-610.
  • Gates, G. A., Gibbons, L. E., McCurry, S. M., Crane, P. K., Feeney, M. P., & Larson, E. B. (2010). Executive dysfunction and presbycusis in older persons with and without memory loss and dementia. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 23, 218-223.
  • Gates, G. A., Anderson, M. L., McCurry, S. M., Feeney, M. P., & Larson, E. B. (2011). Central auditory dysfunction is a harbinger of Alzheimer’s dementia. Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 137, 390-395.
  • Sanford, C. A. & Feeney, M. P. (2011). Infant evaluation: under 6 months. Chapter in C. Flexer and J. Madell, Pediatric Audiology Casebook. Thieme: New York.
  • Feeney, M. P. & Keefe, D. H. (In Press). Physiological mechanisms assessed by aural acoustic transfer functions. Chapter 19 in K. Tremblay & R. Burkard, Eds. Translational perspectives in hearing science. Plural Publishing.
  • Feeney, M.P. & Sanford, C. A. (In Press). Current developments in the clinical application of wideband reflectance in assessing middle ear dysfunction in adults and infants. Chapter in J. Kei and F. Zhao Assessment Of Middle Ear Function In Young Infants. Plural Publishing.

Recent presentations

  • Feeney, M. P. Grant, I. L. & Mills, D. M. Evaluating Ossicular Discontinuity and Repair Using Wideband Energy Reflectance in Human Cadaver Ear. Published Abstracts of the Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Baltimore. No. 31, 2009.
  • Day, J. E., Seixas, N. Feeney, M. P. Sources of variability in wideband energy reflectance at ambient pressure. Poster session presented at the American Auditory Society, Scientific and Technology Meeting, Scottsdale AZ, March 2009.
  • Feeney, M. P., Jeng, P., Hunter, L. L. Lapsley-Miller, J., Parent, P., Boege, P. Middle-ear power analysis in patients with conductive hearing loss. Poster session presented at the Middle-Ear Mechanics in Research and Otology (MEMRO) meeting. Stanford University, June 2009.
  • Feeney, M. P. New Horizons in Middle-Ear Assessment: Wideband Energy Reflectance Measurements. 2-hour Web Seminar, American Academy of Audiology, November 12, 2009.
  • Hunter, L. L., Lapsley Miller, J., Jeng, P. & Feeney, M. P. Relationships between wideband middle ear power analysis and distortion-product otoacoustic emissions in newborns. Published Abstracts of the Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Anaheim, 2010.
  • Feeney, M. P. and Kristensen, B. Interacoustics research system for wideband reflectance/absorbance tympanometry. Technology Update Session. Annual meeting of the American Auditory Society, Scottsdale, Arizona. March 04, 2010.
    Feeney, M. P. Recent advances in middle-ear measurement: Wideband acoustic transfer functions. Annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Audiology, Louisville, Kentucky. August 24, 2010.
  • Feeney, M. P., Stover, B., Day, J. E., Keefe, D. H. & Seixas, N. Longitudinal wideband middle-ear absorbance in adults. Poster session presented at the American Auditory Society, Scientific and Technology Meeting, Scottsdale AZ, March 2011.
  • Feeney, M. P. Hunter, L. L. Clinical application of wideband acoustic transfer functions. Featured Session at the Annual Convention of the American Academy of Audiology, Chicago, Illinois. April, 2011.