Jennifer Lentz

Jennifer Lentz

Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Department Chair, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences


  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • M.S.E., Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1993
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa, 1989

Research interests

  • Auditory perception in listeners with normal hearing and hearing loss
  • Development of assessment tools to diagnoses and characterize tinnitus
  • Evaluation of the effects of hearing aid algorithms on auditory perception
  • Application of physiological and psychological models to auditory perception

About Jennifer Lentz

Jennifer J Lentz is a professor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences and is currently the chair of the department. She holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and received postdoctoral training in research audiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She has been on faculty at Indiana Unversity since 2002. Currently, she is an associate editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (Hearing Section). She has also served on numerous grant panels on topics related to perception by listeners with sensorineural hearing los and tinnitus. She is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and has served the ASA on multiple committees including the Physiological and Psychological Acoustics Technical Committee, the Women in Acoustics Committee, and the Committee on History and Archives. She has also recently written a psychoacoustics textbook targeted at students in Au.D. programs titled "Psychoacoustics: An introduction to the perception of normal and impaired hearing with audiology applications."

Selected publications

Shen, Y and Lentz, JJ (2010) "Effect of fast-acting compression on modulation detection interference for normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 127, 3654-3665. [pdf]

Shen, Y and Lentz, JJ (2009) "Level dependence in behavioral measurements of auditory-filter phase characteristics," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 126, 2501-2510. [pdf]

Valentine S and Lentz JJ (2008) "Broadband auditory stream segregation by hearing-impaired and normal-hearing listeners," J Speech Lang Hear Res. 51(5), 1341-1352.[pdf]

Lentz JJ (2007) "Variation in spectral-shape discrimination weighting functionsat different stimulus levels and signal strengths," J Acoust Soc Am. 122(3), 1702-1712. [pdf]

Lentz JJ (2006) "Spectral-peak selection in spectral-shape discrimination by normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners." J Acoust Soc Am. 120(2), 945-956. [pdf]