Julie G. Arenberg, M.S., Ph.D.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Associate Director of Clinical Audiology for Research and Education

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

As a neuroscientist and clinical audiologist, Dr. Julie Arenberg’s research focuses on improving speech perception outcomes and quality of life for children and adults with severe hearing loss, many of whom are treated with cochlear implants.

Through her work, she has developed quick, reliable tools to assess the underlying health of the auditory system and functioning of cochlear implants to improve programming and optimize speech understanding in cochlear implant patients. She has demonstrated improved patient outcomes by tailoring the listeners’ program settings based on the underlying basic auditory neuroscience and providing an enriched signal. In three recent studies, most listeners improved on vowel identification in noise when using a novel stimulation strategy (Arenberg et al., 2018) and a subset of patients improved when we deactivated or focused some implant channels (Bierer & Litvak, 2016, DeVries and Arenberg, in press).

Dr. Arenberg is the Associate Director of Clinical Audiology for Research and Education. Prior to joining Mass. Eye and Ear, she worked at the University of Washington, directing their Cochlear Implant Psychophysics Laboratory as well as their Clinical Doctorate of Audiology Graduate Program.


Select Publications

Assessing cognitive abilities in high-performing cochlear implant users. Hillyer J, Elkins E, Hazlewood C, Watson SD, Arenberg JG, Parbery-Clark A.Front Neurosci. 2019 Jan 15;12:1056.

Current focusing to reduce channel interaction for distant electrodes in cochlear implant programs. DeVries L, Arenberg JG. Trends Hear. 2018 Jan–Dec;22:2331216518813811.

Reducing simulated channel interaction reveals differences in phoneme identification between children and adults with normal hearing. Jahn KN, DiNino M, Arenberg JG. Ear Hear. 2018 Jun 20.

Psychophysical tuning curves as a correlate of electrode position in cochlear implant listeners. DeVries L, Arenberg JG. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2018 Oct;19(5):571–587.

Age-related performance on vowel identification and the spectral-temporally modulated ripple test in children with normal hearing and with cochlear implants. DiNino M, Arenberg JG. Trends Hear. 2018 Jan–Dec;22:2331216518770959.

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1994: BS, Communication Disorders, Boston University
2001: PhD, Neuroscience, University of Michigan
2003: MS, Audiology, San Francisco State University


Postgraduate Training

2011–2005: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Epstein Laboratory, University of California at San Francisco
2003–2005: Clinical Fellow, Audiology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics


Professional Memberships

1998–present: Association for Research in Otolaryngology
2008–present: American Auditory Society
2001–2010, 2016–present: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2016–present: American Cochlear Implant Alliance


Honors (select)

1996–1999: Predoctoral Treineeship, NIH/NIDCD

2011–2012: Visiting Fellowship, Cambridge University

2012–Present: Life Member, Cambridge University


Editorial Roles (select)

Editorial Board Member and Associate Editor, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology

Editorial Board Member and Associate Editor, Trends in Hearing

Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology; IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering; IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering; Journal of the Acoustical Society of America; Ear and Hearing; Hearing Research; Archives of Otolaryngology; American Journal of Audiology; International Journal of Audiology; Journal of Neuroscience; Otology & Neurotology; Audiology & Neurotology; Journal of the American Academy of Audiology; Acta Acustica; Trends in Amplification/ Trends in Hearing; Journal of Speech-Language and Hearing Research; Biomedical Research International; Cochlear Implants International; Journal of the American Medical Association – Otolaryngology; Journal of Neuroengineering; PLOS One


Current Funding

2012–2022: Perceptual implications of cochlear implant electrode-neuron interfaces
NIH (NIDCD) 2R01 DC12142
This project seeks to improve the way that cochlear implants are programmed for children and adults by better understanding the underlying interface between cochlear implant electrodes and the target neurons.

2017–2020: Bespoke methods for improving speech perception by cochlear implant users
Action on Hearing Loss, International Project Grant, IPG#82
This project explores new methods for programming cochlear implants along with developing new assessment tools for quantifying how effective the new programs are at delivering speech information to the listeners.