Faces of Audiology

Lori Rakita

Former Director of the Phonak Audiology Research Center (PARC) at Phonak US

Based at Phonak US in Warrenville, IL

Focus: Her passion for solving problems and her educational background in psychology serve Lori well in her daily work as a clinical researcher at the Phonak Audiology Research Center (PARC). Together with her team she designs research studies in lab and real-world environments.

Bookworm and sports ace

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“My work is split between technical measurements and testing human participants. Both pieces are essential to understanding how hearing aid technology works.”

What drives me is solving problems and finding answers. When I was still in clinical practice, people would ask me questions and I would ask myself why we did not have an answer to these questions. This led me to research because this is where we can answer questions on a larger scale and advance the field of audiology as a whole. It’s my goal to approach the challenges that audiologists are facing on a daily basis. This not only includes questions about the hearing aids,themselves, but also questions on a higher, clinical level that help us better understand the individual wearing the hearing aids.

I love to read, I really enjoy reading mystery and thriller novels. I am always reading at home. This passion for reading is also quite useful in my job life where I regularly spend time reading academic journals and studies. This helps me stay up-to-date on what is happening in the world of audiology and serves as source of inspiration when it comes to my own research – defining new areas for investigation, both product and non-product related.

I love yoga and dance, but have also had a passion for soccer since I was young. My whole family was involved in soccer, and my younger brother and I used to play on teams coached by my dad through high school. My passion for sports and an active lifestyle has never quit me, and even though it is difficult sometimes, I still find time to stay active. It is a perfect way for me to relax after a long day at work.

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Five minutes with Lori...

AudiologyOnline has talked to Lori about her research work at the Phonak Audiology Research Center (PARC), the science behind Marvel and how being active helps her relax after a long working day.

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Studies and publications (selection)

  • Improving Television Listening for Hearing Aid Users. by L. Rakita

  • Evaluation of Adaptive Noise Management Technologies for School-Age Children with Hearing Loss. by J. Wolfe, M. Duke, E. Schafer, C. Jones, L. Rakita

  • Automatic Feature Steering and Adaptation for Seamless Listening Experiences. by L. Rakita

  • AutoSense OS: Hearing well in every listening environment has never been easier. by L. Rakita

  • Phonak Field Study News: Comparing objective and subjective outcomes of automatic classification systems across manufacturers. by C. Jones, L. Rakita

  • A powerful noise-fighting duo: RogerTM and Phonak directionality. by C. Jones, L. Rakita

  • Performance and Preference of an Automatic Hearing Aid System in Real-World Listening Environments. by L. Rakita, C. Jones

  • Phonak CROS II: Electroacoustic measurements look at key performance aspects of two wireless CROS systems. by C. Jones, L. Rakita

  • Why hearing aids ≠ glasses. by L. Rakita


Articles by Lori