KeyOnna Miller

About KeyOnna Miller

Resident

KeyOnna Miller is a Western New York native, growing up in Lancaster, NY and currently residing in Alden, NY.  She received her undergraduate in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from the University at Buffalo and will be graduating from UB in May 2021 with a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology.

As a future Audiologist, KeyOnna aspires to be accessible and academically well-rounded for her patients so as to provide the best possible hearing health care.  She takes particular joy in being intentional with learning about (and critically listening to) her patients, in addition to service each patient population well.

KeyOnna is planning on focusing her career in vestibular system, its associated disorders and their respective treatments.  Her audiology capstone research project was about Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) and its specific correlation to climatic variation in Buffalo, NY.  This research project was conducted, in part, for Dr. Lixin Zhang, the director of the Dizziness, Balance and Tinnitus Center at Dent Neurologic Institute.

Audiology had a special place in KeyOnna’s heart early on in life.  Her grandfather had suffered a terrible stroke when she was very young, and she grew up watching him work so hard in speech therapy appointments to regain some of his expressive abilities.  In observing his dedication and the incredible impact this journey had left on him, she decided that she wanted to help people like him. In her sophomore year of high school, she researched careers that were related to speech pathology that were a little bit heavier on math and science. Many prayers later, she landed on the field of Audiology and the rest is history.

KeyOnna is a student member of the American Academy of Audiology, and in 2017 she won the Best Undergraduate Research Award for her involvement with rodent research in the Center for Hearing and Deafness at the University at Buffalo.  She was also a member on a research team in undergrad regarding the further development of the UB Talker—an alternative and augmentative communication device to assist patients with ALS.

Outside of Audiology, KeyOnna grew up around muscle cars, as her dad restores them for a living.  Her first care was a 1991 Pontiac Firebird Formula that was painted lime green.  She continues to restore cars with her father and brother – memories that she will cherish for a lifetime.