At the April 5 meeting of the NYC Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, from 6:00-7:30, David Landsberger, an auditory scientist at the NYU Langone Medical Center and an HLAA-NYC board member, will moderate a panel discussion that will include otolaryngologist Maja Svrakic and audiologist Lisa Mener from Long Island Jewish Medical Center, as well as otolaryngologist Sean McMenomey and audiologist William Shapiro from NYU Langone.
Dr. Landsberger is an auditory scientist at the NYU Langone Medical Center where he studies hearing impairment and how the auditory system responds to electrical stimulation with a cochlear implant. His work focuses on diverse topics such as improving cochlear implant algorithms, electrode designs, and music perception through a cochlear implant. In 2019, he co-founded York Sound, which is a company developing a noise reduction algorithm for hearing aids and cochlear implants that specifically removes the background of other people talking.
Dr. Svrakic holds a full-time faculty appointment at the Department of Otolaryngology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Hofstra/Northwell. She immigrated from Belgrade, Serbia while in high school, graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, and received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Svrakic did her residency in Otolaryngology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and subsequently completed the prestigious fellowship in Neurotology at NYU.
Dr. Lisa Mener is an alumna of the Long Island Doctor of Audiology Consortium. She completed her externship at the Long Island Jewish Hearing and Speech Center and has been a full-time audiologist there for the past 7 years. Her current case load includes amplification, cochlear implant mapping, monitoring in the operating room, auditory brainstem response testing, and diagnostic audiological evaluations for adult and pediatric populations. She is also an adjunct professor at Hofstra and Adelphi Universities for students obtaining their Au.D. as well as students obtaining their MS in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology.
Dr. McMenomey has more than 30 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of complex otologic and skull base disorders. His clinical interests are in all aspects of otology/neurotology, including cochlear implants. He has lectured and taught numerous courses both internationally and domestically. Dr. McMenomey is currently the director of the Neurotology Fellowship in the Division of Otology/Neurotology/Skull Base Surgery at NYU, and the vice chair of practice operations. He is the Co-Director of the NYU Cochlear implant center.
Dr. Shapiro received his master’s degree in Audiology from Queens College in 1978, and his AuD. from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2007. Since 1984 his work at NYU has involved all aspects of diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology, including the dispensing of assistive hearing technology. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Hearing Health in the Department of Otolaryngology; Director of Faculty Group Practice Audiology; and Co-Director of the NYU Cochlear Implant Center. He is the 2008 recipient of the “Outstanding Clinician Award” of the New York State Speech, Language and Hearing Association.
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I’m all for cochlear implants, however anyone who gets one is still deaf when it is not worn. The cochlear is NOT a cure; it is an assistive device. Also, in children, not all implanted can learn to understand speech. Sign language is a valuable backup for all ages and for some it is the primary with cochlear being the assistant. Feel free to ask me questions.