Dr. Pittman is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the founding Director of the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program. She received her clinical training in Audiology from San Diego State University and worked as a clinical audiologist for several years before pursuing her PhD in Hearing Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then received post-doctoral training in Dr. Patricia Stelmachowicz’ Hearing Aid Research Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Prior to joining the faculty at IHP in 2022, Dr. Pittman was a tenured faculty and the AuD Program Director at Arizona State University. Her teaching responsibilities included undergraduate introductory audiology courses as well as graduate-level courses in pediatric audiology, basic amplification, and advanced hearing aid technology.

Dr. Pittman is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiology, and the American Auditory Society. Her research program focuses on the effects of hearing loss in children’s ability to listen to, and learn from, auditory input. The goal of her work is to identify hearing devices and amplification features that reduce the deficits caused by hearing loss during childhood and adolescence.

  • BA, Communication Disorders, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
  • MA, Audiology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • PhD, Hearing Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Dr. Pittman studies the effects of hearing loss on the brain's ability to perceive familiar and unfamiliar speech and to encode that information in memory for later recall. She also examines signal processing features in prosthetic devices (e.g., hearing aids, implanted devices) to identify interventions that are most likely to benefit individuals with hearing loss throughout their lifespan. 

Dr. Pittman has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Pittman's publications on Google Scholar or in her CV. 

Effects of enhanced auditory experience through musical training on word learning in adults. 

What can children do with one normal-hearing ear: Auditory perception and learning in children with unilateral and bilateral hearing losses relative to peers with normal hearing. 

Bone conduction amplification in children: Stimulation via a percutaneous abutment vs. a transcutaneous soft band. 

Vocal biomarkers of mild-to-moderate hearing loss in children and adults: Voiceless sibilants. 


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In addition, Dr. Pittman regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

NAL vs DSL Prescriptions in Pediatric Hearing Aid Users: How Different Are They Really? at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Continuing Education opportunity.

Directional Listening, Learning, and Microphones at the Oticon Pediatric Conference. 

Side Effects: Listening and Learning with One or Both Ears at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Annual Audiology Conference.

360 Degrees of Listening and Learning at the New Zealand Pediatric Audiology Conference.

Keynote Speaker: Understanding children and their Hearing Aids at the 2021 Canadian Academy of Audiology Conference. 

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