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Samantha Gustafson

Samantha Gustafson, PhD, AuD

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Research Interests

  • Medical Methodologies or Procedures
  • Auditory Fatigue
  • Auditory Perception
  • Child Development
  • Dichotic Listening Tests
  • Evoked Potentials, Auditory
  • Hearing
  • Hearing Aids
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Hearing Loss
  • Behavioral Research
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Pediatric Hearing Loss

Samantha Gustafson, AuD, PhD, CCC-A is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. As the newest member of the audiology research faculty, she arrived at the U in August of 2019. Dr. Gustafson has specialized clinical training in pediatrics and in working with children who have hearing loss along with other healthcare needs. Dr. Gustafson’s research uses a variety of research methods – including behavioral responses and cortical-evoked potentials – to enrich our understanding of typical auditory development in the school-age population, to describe how childhood hearing loss influences this development, and to evaluate the role of hearing assistive technology in mitigating challenges caused by hearing loss.

Education History

Postdoctoral Training University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Postdoctoral Associate
Vanderbilt University
Research Fellow Boys Town National Research Hospital
Predoctoral Research Fellow
Arizona State University
Undergraduate Arizona State University
BSc (Hons)

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Flores AN (03/2022). Clinical practice patterns with pediatric loudness perception measures. Am J Audiol.
  2. Gustafson SJ (03/2022). Examining Test-Retest Reliability and the Role of Task Instructions when Measuring Listening Effort Using a Verbal Response Time Paradigm. . Semin Hear.
  3. Gustafson SJ (02/2022). Narrative Review of Loudness Perception Measures in Children. Ear Hear.
  4. Gustafson SJ (06/07/2021). Perceived listening difficulty in the classroom, not measured noise levels, is associated with fatigue in children with and without hearing loss. Am J Audiol.
  5. Gustafson SJ (02/17/2021). Individual differences offer insight into clinical recommendations for directional and remote microphone technology use in children. J Speech Lang Hear Res, 64, 635-650.
  6. Gustafson SJ (08/2020). Perceptual organization and stability of auditory streaming for pure tones and /ba/ stimuli. 148, EL159-EL165.
  7. McGarrigle R, Gustafson SJ, Hornsby BWY, Bess FH (2018). Behavioral Measures of Listening Effort in School-Age Children: Examining the Effects of Signal-to-Noise Ratio, Hearing Loss, and Amplification. Ear Hear, 40(2), 381-392.
  8. Gustafson SJ, Billings CJ, Hornsby BWY, Key AP (2019). Effect of competing noise on cortical auditory evoked potentials elicited by speech sounds in 7- to 25-year-old listeners. Hear Res, 373, 103-112.
  9. Gustafson SJ, Key AP, Hornsby BWY, Bess FH (2017). Fatigue Related to Speech Processing in Children With Hearing Loss: Behavioral, Subjective, and Electrophysiological Measures. J Speech Lang Hear Res, 61(4), 1000-1011.
  10. Gustafson SJ, Ricketts TA, Tharpe AM (2017). Hearing Technology Use and Management in School-Age Children: Reports from Data Logs, Parents, and Teachers. J Am Acad Audiol, 28(10), 883-892.
  11. Hornsby BWY, Gustafson SJ, Lancaster H, Cho SJ, Camarata S, Bess FH (2017). Subjective Fatigue in Children With Hearing Loss Assessed Using Self- and Parent-Proxy Report. Am J Audiol, 26(3S), 393-407.
  12. Lindeblad E, Nilsson S, Gustafson S, Svensson I (2016). Assistive technology as reading interventions for children with reading impairments with a one-year follow-up. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol, 12(7), 713-724.
  13. Key AP, Gustafson SJ, Rentmeester L, Hornsby BWY, Bess FH (2016). Speech-Processing Fatigue in Children: Auditory Event-Related Potential and Behavioral Measures. J Speech Lang Hear Res, 60(7), 2090-2104.
  14. Bess FH, Gustafson SJ, Corbett BA, Lambert EW, Camarata SM, Hornsby BW (2015). Salivary Cortisol Profiles of Children with Hearing Loss. Ear Hear, 37(3), 334-44.
  15. Tharpe AM, Gustafson S (2015). Management of Children with Mild, Moderate, and Moderately Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Otolaryngol Clin North Am, 48(6), 983-94.
  16. Gustafson SJ, Davis H, Hornsby BW, Bess FH (2015). Factors Influencing Hearing Aid Use in the Classroom: A Pilot Study. Am J Audiol, 24(4), 563-8.
  17. Gustafson S, McCreery R, Hoover B, Kopun JG, Stelmachowicz P (2014). Listening effort and perceived clarity for normal-hearing children with the use of digital noise reduction. Ear Hear, 35(2), 183-94.
  18. Gustafson S (03/2014). Listening effort and perceived clarity for normal hearing children with the use of digital noise reduction. Ear Hear, 35, 183-194.
  19. Wiley S, Gustafson S, Rozniak J (2013). Needs of parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing with autism spectrum disorder. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ, 19(1), 40-9.
  20. Bess FH (01/2014). How Hard Can it be to Listen? Fatigue in School-Age Children with Hearing Loss. 20.
  21. Gustafson S, Pittman A, Fanning R (2013). Effects of tubing length and coupling method on hearing threshold and real-ear to coupler difference measures. Am J Audiol, 22(1), 190-9.
  22. Gustafson S (06/2013). The Effect of Tubing Length and Coupling Method on Real-Ear to Coupler Difference and Hearing Threshold Measurements. Am J Audiol, 22, 190-199.
  23. Gustafson SJ, Pittman AL (2010). Sentence perception in listening conditions having similar speech intelligibility indices. Int J Audiol, 50(1), 34-40.

Book Chapter

  1. Gustafson SJ (12/2021). Pediatric Hearing Loss Guidelines and Consensus Statements – Where Do We Stand? In Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America: Childhood Hearing Loss. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America: Childhood Hearing Loss.
  2. Tharpe AM (02/2016). Hearing Instrument Orientation & Device-Use for Children and their Families. In The Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology. The Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology.
  3. Tharpe AM (12/2015). Management of Children with Mild, Moderate, and Moderate-Severe SNHL. In Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America: Pediatric Hearing Loss. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America: Pediatric Hearing Loss.
  4. Tharpe AM (10/2015). Individuals with Multiple Disabilities. In Handbook of Clinical Audiology. Handbook of Clinical Audiology.


  1. Mouna PT (07/28/2021). The effects of competing noise on speech recogntion for children who are non-native listeners: a scoping review protocol [Letter to the editor].


  1. Gustafson S (03/2014). Experiencing ASHA as an ARTA Recipient. Audiology Connections. Audiology Connections.
  2. Gustafson S (08/2013). Student's Say: Is There a Double Doctor in the House? . The ASHA Leader. The ASHA Leader.
  3. Gustafson S (07/2012). The T35 Program: Research Training for the AuD Student. (pp. 67-68). Audiology Today.
  4. Gustafson S (11/2010). Special Olympics: Student Involvement with Global Opportunity. (pp. 70-71). Audiology Today.


  1. Gustafson S (12/27/2015). Factors Influencing Hearing Aid Use in the Classroom - Samantha Gustafson [American Speech-Language-Hearing Association]. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Available: .