Professor of Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences
Davison Hall 107
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DegreesPHD, 1978, Univ Rochester; MA, 1972, Univ Connecticut; BA, 1970, CUNY Hunter Coll
Professor Levi A. Reiter is currently researching the effects of ear suction - such as that created by a kiss to the ear canal - on auditory function. To date, he has discovered that sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis (hypersensitivity to sound) result consistently from being kissed on the opening of the ear canal.
Dr. Reiter has developed an instrument for measuring the magnitude and swiftness of the canal suction that is produced by kisses of different strengths and within ear canal of different sizes. The results in the smallest ear canal cavities suggest that ear-kissing may be a cause of sensorineural hearing loss in young children.
American Speech Language Hearing Association
American Academy of Audiology, Fellow
Association for Research in Otolaryngology
New York State Speech Language Hearing Association
Teaching InterestsCourses in diagnostic audiology, auditory pathologies, deafness, anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanisms, psychoacoustics, and electrophysiologic measures of auditory and vestibular dysfunction.
Research InterestsThe effects of ear-suction on auditory function. Hearing aid modifications for people with paralysis of one hand. Interaction between hearing aids remote control devices and implanted pacemakers and defibrilators.
Recent Courses Taught
|AUD 503||ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROLGY||Graduate|
|AUD 518||ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY III||Graduate|
|SPCH 008||INTRO TO HEARING SCIENCE||Undergraduate|
|SPCH 137||INTRO TO AUDIOLOGY||Undergraduate|
|SPCH 150||INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN SPCH||Undergraduate|