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Arehart, Kathryn H



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research overview

  • Dr. Arehart's primary area of expertise is audiology and hearing science. Her research focuses on understanding auditory perception and the impact hearing loss has on listening in complex auditory environments. A primary research project focuses on the effects of age, hearing loss and cognitive abilities on hearing aid outcomes. Other research projects include the effects of hearing loss on pitch perception, signal-processing algorithms to improve speech-in-noise perception by persons with hearing loss, perception of sound quality, and the interactive effects of aging and hearing loss on speech perception. These research projects include interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues in engineering/psychology/cognitive science. Dr. Arehart teaches undergraduate & graduate courses in speech and hearing science and audiology. She is a certified clinical audiologist.


  • audiology, aging and hearing loss, improving hearing aid outcomes, auditory perception, speech-in-noise perception, impact of noise on hearing, music perception in persons with hearing loss, sound quality of hearing aids, auditory scene analysis


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courses taught

  • SLHS 3106 - Hearing Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Focuses on the three main aspects of the hearing process: sounds in the environment (physical acoustics), sounds encoded within the auditory system (physiological acoustics) and perception of sound (psychological acoustics).
  • SLHS 4100 - Special Topics in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    Studies selected topics in speech, language, hearing sciences, communication disorders, and other professional issues.
  • SLHS 6000 - Problems in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Studies selected topics related to the theory and management of communication disorders, and theoretical/scientific information related to speech, language, and hearing.
  • SLHS 6006 - Advanced Hearing Science
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Provides advanced study in hearing science, including physical, physiological, and psychological acoustics of both normal and impaired auditory systems. Department enforced prerequisite: graduate standing in SLHS; undergraduate course work in biology or anatomy.
  • SLHS 6670 - Adult Aural Rehabilitation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    The course will address research and evidence-based practice regarding hearing loss in adults across the age span. Topics will include aural rehabilitation, co-morbidities associated with hearing loss (e.g., cognition and dementia; mental health; sensory-perceptual-motor skills; other health/medical conditions), and impacts of hearing loss on functioning, disability, health, and health services. Recommended prerequisites: SLHS 7418 and SLHS 7540.
  • SLHS 7450 - Audiology Capstone Project
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Provides an individualized project for AUD, completed prior to initiation of final clinical year. May be in the form of research-based investigation, an evidence-based position paper, a clinical protocol based on peer-reviewed literature, a grant proposal, or another format approved by AUD committee. Project requires approved proposal by AUD committee andfocused study supervised by capstone advisor.


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