Professionals’ Stories

  • Mel Paticoff - Mel, neice of Paula Rosenthal, founder of Hearing Exchange, is studying oral deaf education.  She shares her experiences having an aunt and cousin who are bilateral cochlear implant recipients.
  • Elizabeth Rosenzweig - Elizabeth, who writes for Cochlear Implant Online, first shared her story as an undergraduate majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Lea WatsonLea Watson, a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, shares her story from an interview that appeared in Emerson College’s Communications Newsletter.
  • Mark Campbell - Mark Campbell is both a bilateral cochlear implant recipient and a cochlear implant audiologist at Mass Eye and Ear Institute in Boston.
  • Lyra Repplinger - Lyra is a Teacher of Deaf who sees incredible joys in teaching deaf children to hear and speak and shares tips for parents of deaf children.
  • Dr. Ingeborg and Professor Erwin Hochmair – The Hochmairs founded MED-EL, one of the world’s leading cochlear implant manufacturing companies.  They share what inspired them to research cochlear implants, the history of their research in the field, and the challenges they faced.

  • Todd Houston - Todd Houston grew up with a cousin with hearing loss.  In his career, he has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, CEO of the Alexander Graham Bell Association, and University Professor.
  • Acey Ossman - Acey has worked as an early interventionist, aural rehabilitation specialist, and auditory-verbal education classroom teacher.  Now, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Warren Estabrooks - Warren Estabrooks, a leading Auditory-Verbal therapist whose work has profoundly influenced the field of listening and spoken language, shares his advice for young professionals.
  • Christine EvansChristine Evans is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is pursuing certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist.
  • Shelly Ash - Shelly Ash is a cochlear implant audiologist at All Children’s Hospital in Florida.  She shares her story about why she become an audiologist and her experiences in being an audiologist.
  • Dr. Fan-Gang Zang - Dr. Fan-Gang Zeng, Ph.D. researcher at University of California – Irvine, researched and created a cochlear implant known as Nurotron that is being developed in China. He shares invaluable information about the Chinese cochlear implant.