Nancy McKenna, AuD

SHS_McKenna.jpgClinical Assistant Professor
Phone: (919) 493-7980
Fax: (919) 966-0100


  • AuD, University of Kansas, 2007
  • PhD, University of Virginia 1979

Personal Statement

I joined the faculty of the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2007 after completing my AuD at the University of Kansas. I currently provide clinical services to a mostly adult population at the UNC Hearing and Communication Center several days a week, work with the School Age Team at the Center for Development and Learning and participate in clinical and classroom teaching in the UNC-CH AuD program. I enjoy working both with adults and with children and their families. I bring to my practice the benefits of a diverse background which includes a research career in basic science and many years advocating for children and communities in the non-profit world. My interests, which include the interrelationship of cognition and hearing in aging, the genetics of hearing loss, and hearing loss prevention, reflect that background.

I am licensed in audiology by the States of North Carolina and Kansas, and am also licensed by the N.C. State Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Board to fit and dispense hearing aids. I am a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the National Hearing Conservation Association and the American Auditory Society.

Courses Taught

  • SPHS 725 Hearing Disorders
  • SPHS 816 Industrial Audiology and Hearing Conservation


  • audition in aging
  • hearing loss prevention
  • tinnitus
  • genetics of hearing loss

Recent Publications/Presentations

McKenna, N. (2007) Audiologists’ Incorporation of Genetics into Clinical Practice, American Academy of Audiology, Denver, CO.