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Levi A. Reiter

Professor Emeritus of Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences


PHD, 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.

Professional Societies

American Speech Language Hearing Association

American Academy of Audiology, Fellow

Association for Research in Otolaryngology

New York State Speech Language Hearing Association

Publications and Presentations

Teaching Interests

Courses in diagnostic audiology, auditory pathologies, deafness, anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanisms, psychoacoustics, and electrophysiologic measures of auditory and vestibular dysfunction.

Research Interests

The 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.
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