Graduate Student, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Affiliate)
I am pursuing both research and clinical studies in the fields of industrial audiology and occupational hearing conservation. I recently completed a pilot study for an on-going project funded by the Department of Defense, with a larger goal of developing a hearing test battery to determine auditory fitness-for-duty for the US military. I am also involved in a community-based research project which is developing a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) for CT Department of Transportation workers. I have been participating in fieldwork to assess the health behaviors of DOT workers, their noise exposures, and their need for an HCP. As an InCHIP affiliate, I will be looking at optimization of technology for industrial workers with hearing loss.
BA in Music, Clark University, 2004
Cavallari, J. & DiFrancesco, J. “Total hearing health – Protecting you hearing at work and at home”. CPH News and Views. The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, UMass Lowell, Issue 48.
DiFrancesco, J., Tuthill, K., Lally, J., Quinn, A., & Tufts, J. “Detection and recognition of non-speech sounds as part of an auditory fitness test battery”. Poster session at the National Hearing Conservation Association Annual Conference, February 2016, San Diego, CA.
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