Travis Riffle

Travis Riffle

Visiting Assistant Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences


  • Postdoctoral, University of Michigan, Kresge Hearing Research Institute, 2019-2022
  • Ph.D., Ohio University, Hearing Science, 2019
  • Au.D., Ohio University, Clinical Audiology, 2019
  • B.S, Pre-med Biology, University of Charleston (WV), 2010

Research interests

  • Cognitive hearing science
  • Auditory attention, memory, and distraction
  • Tinnitus assessment and measurement
  • Cognitive impact of tinnitus

About Travis Riffle

Travis Riffle is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. Travis completed both his AuD and PhD at Ohio University, and completed his clinical externship at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hearing Research Program. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Kresge Hearing Research Institute in Dr. Susan Shore’s lab. There, he worked on a Phase II Clinical Trial investigating the efficacy of a novel bimodal auditory-somatosensory tinnitus treatment device. Broadly, his research interests are in the area of cognitive hearing science. He is particularly interested in the cognitive processes that regulate auditory attention and distraction, and how those can be assessed and measured in people suffering from tinnitus.

Selected publications

Lynch, E., DiGiovanni, J. J., & Riffle, T. L. (in press). Exploratory investigation of auditory perceptual load, effort, and working memory capacity. Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders

Jones, G. R., Martel, D. T., Riffle, T. L., et al. (2023). Reversing synchronized brain circuits using targeted auditory-somatosensory stimulation to treat phantom percepts: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Network Open, 6(6):e2315914. DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.15914

Riffle, T. L., Martel, D. T., Jones, G. R., & Shore, S. E. (2020). Bimodal auditory-electrical stimulation for the treatment of tinnitus: pre-clinical and clinical studies. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences: Tinnitus. Eds. Searchfield, G. & Zhang, J.; DOI: 10.1007/7854_2020_180

Riffle, T. L., & DiGiovanni, J. J. (2018). Accounting for verbal and spatial working memory load in an auditory Stroop task. Proceedings on Meetings on Acoustics, 30, 050014; DOI: 10.1121/2.0000763

DiGiovanni, J. J., & Riffle, T. L. (2016). The developing relationship among cognition, amplification, and aural rehabilitation. Perspectives, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, SIG 6(1), 47-54; DOI: 10.144/persp1.SIG6.47