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Shlomo Silman received his Master of Science from Columbia University and PhD in Audiology from New York University. He is Presidential Professor of Speech Communication Arts and Sciences at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY); Professor of Audiology, Doctor of Audiology Program, Graduate Center, CUNY; Professor of Hearing Sciences, Ph.D. Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Graduate Center, CUNY; and Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He has authored and coauthored more than 90 articles, books, and chapters. His research has been supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health. As co-inventor of the EarPopper, a nonsurgical and nonpharmaceutical medical device for remediation of middle-ear effusion and related hearing loss, he has appeared on numerous television shows and radio stations across the country. Dr. Silman holds two U.S. patents with Dr. Daniel S. Arick (otolaryngologist) and holds a third U.S. patent with his co-author, Dr. Michele B. Emmer. His honors and awards include being the first recipient of the American Academy of Audiology Research Achievement Award in 2000; co-recipient of the 2006 National Tibbetts Award (category of Medicine) supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and other agencies, for the development and evaluation of the EarPopper. The Tibbetts Award is given for developments that are technologically innovative will likely have economic impact. Silman is also the recipient of a medal in 2001 from the Escola Paulista Medicina of the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil for humanitarian work with persons with hearing impairment in Sao Paulo, Brazil and for scientific achievements relating to research on middle-ear effusion and auditory deprivation; and recipient of the 2002 Journal of the American Academy of Audiology Editors Award. He also has served as reviewer, editorial consultant, or assistant editor for various journals including American Journal of Audiology: A Journal of Clinical Practice, Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, Ear and Hearing, Hearing Research, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Pediatrics, and Perceptual and Motor Skills.
Michele B. Emmer, PhD Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY) and Professor of Audiology, Doctor of Audiology Program, Graduate Center (CUNY) received her Master of Science from Brooklyn College and her PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the Graduate Center of CUNY. Her interests include middle-ear effusion, ipsilateral acoustic reflex, adult onset auditory deprivation, acclimatization, hearing impairment in the elderly, and temporal integration of the acoustic reflex. She published many articles on these topics in medical, audiological, and scientific journals such as Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, American Academy of Audiology, ENT Journal, and Rehabilation R & D (Department of Veterans Affairs). She has reviewed articles and a book. She was listed in the City University of New York Salute to Scholars two years running and received the College-wide award for Excellence in Teaching at Brooklyn College. She was co-investigator and senior research director for several federal grants; PI for two City University of New York grants, and a Principal Investigator for a grant from the New York City Department for the Aging (Dorot - University without Walls for Hearing-Impaired Elderly). Dr. Emmer holds a U.S. patent with her co-author, Dr. Silman. The device is a non-surgical treatment for the elimination of middle-ear effusion and associated hearing loss in the ears of toddlers; the prototype for this device has been completed. She is Chair of the Department of Speech Communication Arts and Sciences and a member of the AuD faculty of the City University of New York. She has been teaching courses in Speech and Hearing Science for over twenty years.
This textbook is ideal for graduate-level courses on applications of modern electronics in both hearing aids and diagnostic instruments. It is an indispensable resource for students and researchers of audiology, and a valuable reference for practicing audiologists.