Academic Faculty


Arnold, Michelle, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A

Associate Professor

Phone: 941.359.4283
Office: PCD 4014

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  Auditory Rehabilitation & Clinical Trials Lab

Michelle Arnold is currently an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a director of the Auditory Rehabilitation and Clinical Trials laboratory. Dr. Arnold holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Aging Sciences, with a concentration in health policy and practice, as well as a clinical doctorate degree in audiology. In addition, Dr. Arnold is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certified audiologist with license to practice in the state of Florida. Her research focuses on hearing health policy and aging, hearing health care access and utilization, and hearing loss and cognition. Dr. Arnold’s current NIH-funded projects include language accessibility of health education materials, Hispanic/LatinX hearing health, and best practices hearing intervention as a possible factor to mediate the trajectory of dementia.

Doctor of Philosophy, Aging Sciences University of South Florida 2018
Doctor of Audiology University of South Florida 2010
Bachelors of Arts, Psychology University of South Florida 2005


  • IDH 3400 | Social Determinants of Health(care): Access, Utilization, and Disparities
  • SPA 6307 | Speech Perception and Hearing Loss
  • SPA 6354 | Hearing Conservation


Recent Scholarly Activity

  • Arnold, M.L., Hyer, K., Small, B.J., Chisolm, T., Saunders, G.H., McEvoy, C.L., Lee, D.J., Dhar, S., & Bainbridge, K.E. (2021). Factors associated with self-perceived hearing handicap in adults from Hispanic/Latino background: Findings from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Ear and Hearing. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000995 
  • Arnold, M.L., Reichard, A., Gutman, K., Westermann, L., & Sanchez, V. (2020).  Cross-cultural adaptation of hearing loss self-management patient education materials: Development of the Caja de Instrumentos de Pérdida Auditiva. American Journal of Audiology, 1-10. doi: 10.1044/2020_AJA-19-00120
  • Sanchez, V.A., Arnold, M.L., Reed, N.S., Oree, P.H., Matthews, C.R., Eddins, A.C., Lin, F.R., & Chisolm, T.H. (2020). The hearing intervention for the Aging and Cognitive Evaluation in Elders randomized control trial: Manualization and feasibility study. Ear and Hearing, 41(5), 1333-1348. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000858 
  • Arnold, M.L., Oree, P., Sanchez, V., Reed, N., & Chisolm, T. (2019). Development and formative assessment of the hearing loss toolkit for self-management. Seminars in Hearing, 40(1), 49-67. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1676783
  • Arnold, M.L., Hyer, K., Small, B.J., Chisolm, T., Saunders, G.H., McEvoy, C.L., Lee, D.J., Dhar, S., & Bainbridge, K.E. (2019). Hearing aid prevalence and factors related to use among older adults from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, 145(6), 501-508. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2019.0433