The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Kelly Jahn

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Neural signatures of auditory hypersensitivity and emotional sound processing across the lifespan; Development of evidence-based clinical protocols, diagnostic tools, and personalized treatments for hearing loss and hyperacusis; Cochlear implants; Auditory electrophysiology

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-2358
Office: CD_J220
Campus Mail Code: CD10
Website: Neuroaudiology and Prosthetic Hearing Lab


Dr. Jahn’s research spans a diverse, but interconnected, array of topics including electrophysiological assays of peripheral and central auditory function, speech perception, affective sound processing, cochlear implants, and hyperacusis. She completed postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear where she developed an innovative battery of electrophysiological tools to quantify loudness perception and sound-induced distress in individuals with hyperacusis and tinnitus. She received her PhD from the University of Washington where she led several studies that identified neural and perceptual differences between children and adults with cochlear implants. She earned her AuD from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and undergraduate degrees in psychology (BS) and communication sciences (BA), with minors in neuroscience and cognitive science, from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Jahn’s current research melds her work on hyperacusis and cochlear implants to determine how loudness perception and emotional responses to sound evolve across the lifespan, as a consequence of hearing impairment, and following audiological intervention. The long-term goal of this work is to inform the development of clinically feasible diagnostic tools and personalized interventions for hearing loss and hyperacusis.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Jahn, K.N., Arenberg, J.G., Horn, D.L. (In press). Spectral resolution development in children with normal hearing and with cochlear implants: A review of behavioral studies. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Jahn, K.N., DeVries, L.A., Arenberg, J.G. (2021). Recovery from forward masking in cochlear implant listeners: Effects of age and the electrode-neuron interface. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 149(3), 1633-1643.

Lewis, R.M.*, Jahn, K.N.*, Parthasarathy, A., Goedicke, W., Polley, D.B. (2020). Audiometric predictors of bothersome tinnitus in a large clinical cohort of adults with sensorineural hearing loss, Otology & Neurotology, 41(4), e414-e421.
*Equal contribution as co-first authors

Jahn, K.N., Arenberg, J.G. (2020). Electrophysiological estimates of the electrode-neuron interface differ between younger and older listeners with cochlear implants, Ear and Hearing, 41(4), 948-960.

Jahn, K.N., Arenberg, J.G. (2020). Identifying cochlear implant channels with relatively poor electrode-neuron interfaces using the electrically evoked compound action potential, Ear and Hearing, 41(4), 961-973.