Benjamin Kirby has joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as an assistant professor of audiology.

Kirby holds a Ph.D. in speech and hearing science and a doctorate of audiology from the University of Iowa, as well as a B.A. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Kirby has expertise in the areas of objective measures of hearing, cochlear implants, and cognitive and developmental contributions to listening performance in children.

Kirby has published articles in Ear and Hearing, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the International Journal of Audiology. He has presented his research at numerous conferences. He is a member of both the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), and the American Auditory Society (AAS). His doctoral and postdoctoral research was supported by mentored student research fellowships from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

He has served as an ad hoc student grant application reviewer for the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Studies at the University of Iowa, and as an ad hoc reviewer for the Ear and Hearing, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, as well as the Journal of Educational Audiology.