Gayla L. Poling, Ph.D., is an audiology researcher at Mayo Clinic who studies and develops diagnostic approaches for the early detection and prevention of ototoxicity-related hearing loss — hearing loss caused by aging, noise and other environmental factors. Dr. Poling is also interested in improving accessibility to timely and individualized hearing health care.
- Pediatric and adult diagnostic audiology
- Early hearing detection and serial monitoring
- Hearing conservation and hearing loss prevention
- Auditory evoked potentials
Significance to patient care
Dr. Poling's research helps advance methods for the earliest detection of hearing loss, which permits timely intervention and helps mitigate negative impacts on the quality of life of affected people and their families. Active, sensitive monitoring of hearing across the life span further supports early detection of hearing loss and permits opportunities for prevention of hearing loss.
As emerging therapies and treatments for hearing loss transition to daily clinical practice, Dr. Poling believes that it's vital to develop the advanced diagnostic tools needed to meet the hearing health care needs of patients.