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Robert C. Fifer

Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D.

General Information

Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D.





  • Audiology
  • Pediatric Audiology


English, Spanish

Clinical Areas

Early identification of hearing loss in newborns; auditory evoked potentials; pediatric audiology (diagnostics and intervention); auditory processing disorders; interdisciplinary team evaluations; development of auditory, speech, and language skills.


  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Research Interests

Auditory evoked potentials and central nervous system processing in pediatric HIV and Sickle Cell patients; development of protocols for early detection of hearing loss in infants and toddlers; Influence of environmental stimulation on the development of auditory, linguistic, and non-linguistic abilities.


  • Fifer, R. (2006) The Evolution of Reimbursement for Audiology. in (Hosford-Dunn, H., Roeser, R., and Valente, M. eds.) Audiology: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Practice Management, 2nd Edition. New York: Thieme (in press).
  • Fifer, R. (2006) Coding and Documentation: A Tutorial. Seminars in Hearing. 27 (1); 18-26.
  • Bandstra, ES, Morrow, CE, Vogel, AL, Fifer, RC, Ofir, AY, Dausa, AT, Xue, L, Anthony, JC. (2002) Longitudinal influence of prenatal cocaine exposure on child language functioning. Neurotoxicity and Teratology. 24: 297-308.
  • Greenberg, I., Fifer, R. (2000) Evidence That the Association Between Hypernasality and 22Q11 Deletion Syndrome Still Goes Undetected: A Case Study. American Journal of Speech and Language Disorders. 9: 197-201.
  • Fifer, R. (1997). Book Review. Hair Cells and Hearing Aids (Berlin, C.I., author). Ear and Hearing. 18: 167.
  • Fifer, R., Dausa, A. (1996) Utilidad clinica de las otoemisiones acusticas. Otolaringologica. 18: (3) 53-64.
  • Fifer, R. (1996) Central auditory processing disorder: Clinical case studies. Tejas: A Journal of Communication Disorders. 21 (1): 11-14.
  • Fifer, R. (1993) Insular stroke causing unilateral auditory processing disorder: Case report. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology 4: 364-369.
  • Fifer, R., and Novak, M. (1991) Prediction of auditory nerve survival in humans using the electrical auditory brainstem response. American Journal of Otology 12: 350-356.
  • Fifer, R. and Novak, M. (1991) Letter to the editor: Reply to Kileny et al. American Journal of Otology 12: 350.
  • Fifer, R., and Novak, M. (1990). Myogenic influences on the electrical auditory brainstem response (EABR) in humans. Laryngoscope 100: 1180-1184.
  • Novak, M., Fifer, R., Barkmeier, J., and Firszt, J. (1990). Labyrinthine ossification after meningitis: Its implications for cohclear implantion. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 103: 351-356.
  • Yellin, MW., Jerger, J., and Fifer, R. (1989). Norms for disproportianately poor speech intelligibility. Ear and Hearing 10: 231 234.
  • Fifer, R., and Sierra Irizarry,. (1989). Clinical applications of the auditory middle latency response. American Journal of Otology 9: (Supp) 47 56.
  • Vedder, J., Barrs, D., and Fifer, R. (1988). Use of middle latency response in diagnosis of cortical deafness. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 98: 333 337
  • Barrs, D., Jordan, C., Fifer, R. (June, 1986). The cochlear implant program. Aerospace Medicine 151: 509-513.
  • Cantu, E., Fifer, R., Shagets, F., Newton, W. (1986). Customized tracheoesophageal housings How I do it. Laryngoscope 96: 1159 1163.
  • Jerger, J., Fifer, R., Jenkins, H., Mecklenburg, D. (1986). Stapedius reflex to electrical stimulation in a patient with cochlear implant. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology 95: 151 157.
  • Fifer, R. (1986). Book Review: Central Auditory Processing in Children (Willeford and Baugh, authors). Ear and Hearing 7: 413 414.
  • Fifer, R., Stach, B., Jerger, J. (1984). Use of the Minimal Auditory Capabilities Battery in prelingual and post lingual hearing impaired adults. Ear and Hearing 5: 87 90.
  • Fifer, R., Jerger, J., Berlin, C., Tobey, E., and Campbell, J. (1983). Development of a dichotic sentence identification (DSI) test for use in hearing impaired adults. Ear and Hearing 4: 300 306.


Abraham Lincoln High School Hall of Fame
Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Honors of the Association
President's Special Recognition Award
Clinician of the Year Award
President's Special Recognition Award
U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for exemplary service
U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for exemplary service


1985 Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
1976 M.A.
Central Michigan University
1974 B.S.
University of Nebraska at Omaha


Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D. is currently the Director of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami School of Medicine. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Deaf Education. His M.A. degree is from Central Michigan University in Audiology. And his Ph.D. degree is from Baylor College of Medicine in Audiology and Bioacoustics. Dr. Fifer's clinical and research interests focus on the areas of auditory evoked potentials, central auditory processing, early detection of hearing loss in children, and auditory anatomy and physiology. He is the immediate Past- President of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, a member of ASHA's Health Care Economics Committee, and the ASHA representative to the American Medical Association's Health Care Professions Advisory Committee for the Relative Value Utilization Committee in addition to being ASHA's representative to the AMA's Practice Expense Advisory Committee. Additional responsibilities at the state level include serving as a consultant to the Florida Department of Health's Children's Medical Services and the audiology representative to the Genetics and Newborn Screening Advisory Council.