Navid Shahnaz

Associate Professor

Ph.D. McGill University 2000
MSc. McGill University 1996


Phone: (604) 822-5953
Fax: (604) 822-6569


Dr. Navid Shahnaz is currently an Associate Professor of Audiology in the School of Audiology & Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he has been a faculty member since July 2002. He has been a Speech Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) certified member since November 1995. He was a member of the national (CASLPA) Audiology Examination Committee between 2002 and 2008, and a member of the CASLPA Board of Governors (2011-2014), where he was the representative of the Canadian Council of University Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. His main area of research interest includes multi-frequency tympanometry, Wideband Acoustic Immittance, otoacoustic emission, and acoustic reflex studies in adults, children, and infants. His new research interests also focus on the assessment of the balance systems using vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, and the development of test batteries for assessment of the silent (hidden) hearing loss.

Dr. Shahnaz’s main areas of research interest include multi-frequency tympanometry, Wide Band Energy Reflectance, otoacoustic emission, and acoustic reflex studies in adults as well as newborns. He is also interested in effect of personal listening devices (iPods) on hearing. Other areas of research interests are extended high frequency thresholds estimation in different ethnic groups and cochlear dead region.

For more information, visit the Middle Ear Laboratory website.

Journal Publications

Wegner, I., Shahnaz, N., Grolman, W., & Bance, M. (2017). Wideband acoustic immittance measurements in assessing crimping status following stapedotomy: a temporal bone study. International Journal of Audiology (IJA). Jan; 56 (1):1-7

Soares J.C., Urosas J.G., Calarga K.S., Pichelli T.S., Limongi S.C., Shahnaz N., Carvallo R.M. (2016). Wideband reflectance in Down syndrome. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 87:164-71.

Shahnaz, N., Cai, A., Qi, L. (2014). Understanding  the developmental course of the acoustical properties of the human outer and middle ear over the first 6 months of life by using a longitudinal analysis of power reflectance at ambient pressure. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA) Vol. 25 No. 5, 495–511

Shahnaz, N., Feeney, P, & Schairer, K (2013). Wideband Acoustic Immittance Normative Data: Ethnicity, Gender, Aging, and Instrumentation, Ear & Hearing, 34: 27s-35s.

Nakajima, H., Rosowski, J., Voss, S., Shahnaz, N. (2013). Assessment of Middle Ear Disorders Using Wideband Absorbance,  Ear & Hearing, 34: 48s-53s.

Prieve, B., Feeney, P., Stenfelt, S., Shahnaz, N. (2013). Prediction of Conductive Hearing Loss Using Wideband Absorbance, Ear & Hearing, 34: 54s-59s.

Beers, A., Shahnaz, N., Westerberg, B. & Kozak, F. (2010). Wideband Reflectance (WBR) in Normal school-aged Children and in Children with Otitis Media with Effusion (OME). Ear and Hearing 31(2):221-33. (This project was Allison Beers Master’s thesis which was conducted under my supervision. We had equal share in writing up this paper and I was the corresponding author).

Bingham, K., Jenstad, L., & Shahnaz, N. (2009). Longitudinal changes in real-ear to coupler difference measurements in infants. The Journal of American Academy of Audiology (JAAA), 20 (9).

Shahnaz, N., Longridge, N., & Bell. D. (2009). Wideband Energy Reflectance Patterns in Preoperative and Postoperative Otosclerotic Ears. International Journal of Audiology (IJA). 48:240-247.

Shahnaz, N., Bork, K., Polka, L., Longridge, N. Westerberg, B., Bell, D. (2009). Energy Reflectance (ER) and Tympanometry in Normal and Otosclerotic Ears. Ear and Hearing. 30; 219–233.

Published Book and Book Chapter

Shahnaz, N., (to be published in 2018), Book Chapter Title; Application of Wideband Acoustic Immittance (WAI) in Assessment of the Middle Ear in Newborns, Children, and Adults in Advances in Audiology , Speech Pathology and Hearing Science Editors: Stavros Hatzopoulos, Andrea Ciorba and Mark Krumm,  Publisher: American Publisher Apple Academic Press.

Hunter, L, Shahnaz, N. (2013) Acoustic Immittance Measures, Basic and Advanced Practice. Plural Publishing Group San Diego, CA. 175 pages, ISBN13: 978-1-59756-437-3.

Current teaching load:
Diagnostic Audiology I and II
Hearing Conservation
Research Methods

Previous teaching:
Hearing Science I and II