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Robert S Schlauch

Robert S Schlauch

Speech Language Hearing Sciences 115 Shev H 164 Pillsbury Dr SE

Department Affiliations


  • hearing measurement
  • cognitive influences on hearing
  • diagnostic audiometry
  • psychophysical procedures
  • selective attention
  • intensity and loudness coding in listeners with normal hearing and hearing loss
  • Hearing loss caused by intense sounds

Educational Background

  • B.S.: Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Hawaii, 1979.
  • M.S.: Audiology, University of Washington, 1982.
  • Ph.D.: Speech and Hearing Science, University of Washington, 1987.


  • Pseudohypacusis: Schlauch, Robert, Boston: MIT Press, MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders, 531-534, 2004.
  • Loudness: Schlauch, Robert, Elsevier, Ecological Psychoacoustics, 317-345, 2004.
  • The theoretical viability of spectral sharpening. DiGiovanni, J.J., Nelson, P. and Schlauch, R. S., 48, 1121-1135, 2006.
  • Critical Difference Table for Word Recognition Testing Derived Using Computer Simulation, Carney, E. and Schlauch, R.S., Journal of Speech,Language, Hearing Research , 50, 1203-1209, 2007.
  • Mechanisms responsible for differences in perceived duration for rising-intensity and falling-intensity sounds, DiGiovanni, J.J. and Schlauch, R.S., Ecological Psychology, 19, 239-264, 2007.
  • A multinomial model for evaluation of significant pure tone threshold shifts. Schlauch, R.S. and Carney, E., Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Research, 50, 1391-1403, 2007.
  • The role of temporal masking patterns in the determination of subjective duration and loudness for ramped and damped sounds. Ries, D.T., Schlauch, R.S., and DiGiovanni, J., Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 124, 3772-3783, 2008.
  • Puretone Evaluation. Schlauch, R.S. and Nelson, P., Katz Handbook of Clinical Audiology, 6th Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009.
  • The effects of fundamental frequency contour manipulations on speech intelligibility in background noise. Miller, S., Schlauch, R.S., and Watson, P.J. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, (Accepted)

Professional Activities

  • Member, Acoustical Society of America
  • Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Univesity of Minnesota: 2002 - present
  • Director of Honors, Department of Speech-language-Hearing Sciences, University of Minnesota: 2000 - present
  • Member, Student Academic Affairs Committee, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota: 2002 - present
  • Elected Representative of the Physiological Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Technical Committee to the Acoustical Society of America: 2005 - 2007
  • Publications Board, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: 2001 - 2003
  • American National Standards Insitute Working Group: Member and Chair of working groups for standards related to loudness and measuring intelligibility of speech over communication systems, respectively , 2002 - present
  • Associate Editor: American Journal of Audiology , 2006 - 2007
  • Editor, JSLHR-Hearing: 2007 - 2010

Outreach Activities

  • Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Foundation Board Member: non-profit group that oversees monies for scholarships and education in the field, 2003 - 2009


  • National Institute of Health Research Service Award, 1988 - 1989
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Scholarship, 1986
  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America, 2002
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (Dept of Speech and Hearing Sciences) University of Washington

Courses Taught

  • SLHS 3306 - Hearing Science
  • SLHS 5801 - Audiologic Assessment I
  • SLHS 8801 - Audiologic Assessment II
  • SLHS 8803 - Signals and Systems in Audiology
  • SLHS 8805 - Hearing Science Foundations of Audiology
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