Kathleen M. Cienkowski, PhD

Associate Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I study speech perception and amplification with an emphasis on aging adults and their use of hearing devices to improve speech understanding. I am currently investigating the benefits of individualized aural rehabilitation among adults with acquired hearing loss and the impact of bisensory impairment on successful use of hearing devices. In addition, we are investigating the stigma attached to hearing device use as a means to improve device uptake. In my lab, we have developed two outcome assessment tools for evaluating satisfaction and benefit through amplification devices. We are presently working on outcome assessment tools utilizing an iPad or other portable devices. I would like to pursue avenues in the area of eHealth as an InCHIP affiliate in support of the work noted above. I have worked collaboratively with UCHC Department of Occupational Medicine (Dr. Brammer), the National Center for Auditory and Rehabilitative Research (NCRAR- Dr. Saunders), and the New England Center for Hearing Rehabilitation (NECHEAR, Dr. Dilaj). The focus of these collaborations has been the management of hearing loss as a chronic health condition.


B.A. in Communication Disorders, Montclair State University, 1989
M.S. in Audiology, Columbia University, 1991
Ph.D. in Hearing Sciences, University of Minnesota, 1999

Featured Publications

Vasil-Dilaj, K. & Cienkowski, K.M. (2015). An investigation of hearing aid high-frequency bandwidth cut-off on speech intelligibility. Submitted to the Journal of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology.

2. Dullard, B. & Cienkowski, K.M. (2014). Exploring the relationship between hearing aid self-efficacy and hearing aid management. Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, 21(2), 56-62.

Cienkowski, K.M. (2014). Clinical utility of self-assessment In J. Montano and J. Spitzer (Eds). Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation (2nd Edition) New York: Plural Publishing.

Cienkowski, K.M. & Saunders, G.H. (2013). The role of counseling during hearing aid fittings. Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, 20(2), 67-76.

Vasil, K.A. & Cienkowski, K.M. (2011).The influence of receiver size on magnitude of objective and subjective measures of occlusion, American Journal of Audiology, 20(1):61-8.

Cienkowski, K.M. & Vasil-Dilaj, K.A. (2010). The role of central auditory and cognitive processing ability in speech perception for elderly listeners, Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, 14, 30-8.

Nair, E.L. & Cienkowski, K.M. (2010).The impact of health literacy on patient understanding of counseling and education materials. International Journal of Audiology. 49(2), 71-5.

Cienkowski, K.M., et al. (2006). The Dynamic Assessment of Hearing Aids (DAHA). International Journal of Audiology, 45, 393-9.

Cienkowski, K.M. & Ballingham, T. (2004). The relationship between speechreading performance and communication confidence. Journal of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
850 Bolton Road, Unit 1085
Storrs, CT 06269-1085