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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 Speech and Hearing Sciences, PhD Program, 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 is a co-inventor on three U.S. patents. His honors and awards include being the first recipient of the American Academy of Audiology Research Achievement Award; co-recipient of the 2006 National Tibbetts Award, 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 achievement related to the EarPopper; 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 and for scientific achievements relating to middle-ear effusion and auditory deprivation; and recipient of the 2002 Journal of the American Academy of Audiology Editor's Award. He also has served as reviewer, editorial consultant, and assistant editor for various acoustics, audiologic, communication sciences, medical, and psychology journals.
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, acoustic reflex, adult onset auditory deprivation, acclimatization, and hearing impairment in the elderly. 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.
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