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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.

AAA Awardees 2019VA researcher Dr. M. Patrick Feeney receives career award in audiology

NCRAR Director Dr. Feeney received the 2019 Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology in recognition of his work to improve the lives of Veterans and others affected by hearing loss. This is awarded to an individual for research contributions in the field of audiology/hearing science, whose work has had major impacts on the field and/or practice of audiology. Congratulations, Dr. Feeney!!

Dr. Feeney is pictured (fourth from left) with other awardees.  For more details about the award and Dr. Feeney's work, click here.


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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.

The next conference will be held in 2021. Check back regularly for more information as it becomes available.

To find out more about past conferences, click here.


Dr. Henry and TFI teamIn the News

NCRAR's Dr. Henry (co-principal investigator, along with Dr. Mary Meikle to develop the Tinnitus Functional Index) recently received the "Top Copyright License" award. The award was received with the following introduction: "In addition to patents and biological materials, copyrighted materials (such as software, cookbooks, other written materials, etc.) have value and can be licensed out. This year, the top Copyright License at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) comprises multiple licenses of the Tinnitus Functional Index. In just this past year, OHSU executed 20 licenses for foreign translations and well over 50 licenses for the English version of the Tinnitus Functional Index." Congratulations to those who contributed to this effort and were recognized for OHSU's Top Copyright License: Pictured from left to right are Dr. James Henry, Dr. Danny Jacobs (OHSU president), Ms. Susan Griest and Drs. Robert Folmer and Fred Nuttall. Also recognized but not pictured were the numerous other authors on the original publication.

In addition, the Top Copyright Award was included in a Research News Blog post about the awards:

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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