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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.

Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Konrad-Martin, who recently became NCRAR's Associate Director!

Dr. Konrad-Martin 

Dr. Konrad-Martin is a senior Research Investigator at the NCRAR at the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS), and Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) with a strong record of publications, research funding and mentoring. She has been at NCRAR since 2003.

She currently holds leadership roles on US national committees for the Department of Defense (DoD) Hearing Center of Excellence and recently concluded a three-year leadership commitment with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This experience will allow her to bring national as well as international perspectives to the practice of audiology as she contributes to the further growth and development of the NCRAR. She is especially interested in developing NCRAR’s implementation research to improve the effectiveness of audiological services and technology.

To find out more about Dr. Konrad-Martin and her research, please click here.

In the News

2019 Conference

Monthly Seminars

In the NewsIn the News

Congratulations to Dr. Tina Penman on her selection as the recipient of the 2018 Health Care Five Under Forty Award from the Portland Business Journal. Well done, Dr. Penman!

To find out more about Dr. Penman, including what got her interested in the field of audiology, and her advocacy for social media in health care, click here.


NCRAR Conference2019 Conference

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.

SAVE THE DATE! The next conference will be held on September 25-27, 2019, and the topic will be "Ototoxicity and Noise Damage: Translating Preclinical Findings to Audiological Management." Check back regularly for updates. 

To find out more about past conferences, click here.

Curtis Billings, Ph.D., NCRAR research investigator and monthly seminar speakerMonthly Seminars

NCRAR hosts monthly seminars featuring 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.

Hearing Loss Services for Enrolled Veterans – No Referral Needed

Did you know... there is no need for a referral for hearing loss services?

According to Dr. Rachel McArdle, “Veterans who are enrolled and eligible for VA care can call their VA audiology clinic and ask to be scheduled to have their hearing tested. Additionally, they can always stop at the audiology clinic if they are already at the hospital or clinic for another appointment and ask to be scheduled.” Dr. McArdle is the National Director of Audiology and Speech Pathology.

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