Jane R. Madell, PhD, one of America’s pre-eminent pediatric audiologists, has joined Hearinghealthmatters.org. She will edit and write a blog on issues related to children and hearing.
Dr. Madell is director of Pediatric Audiology Consulting in New York City. Formerly the director of the Hearing and Learning Center and co-director of the Cochlear Implant Center at The Ear Institute, New York Eye and Ear infirmary/Beth Israel Medical Center, she was also Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to being an audiologist, she is also a certified speech-language pathologist and LSLS auditory verbal therapist.
In her blog, the latest addition to The Blogs @ Hearing Health and Technology Matters, she will cover a wide range of issues related to managing hearing loss and other auditory disorders in children, including diagnosis, technology, auditory development, language and literacy, intervention, counseling, and support for kids and for families. Suggestions for discussion topics are welcome.
AN ACTIVIST FOR AUDIOLOGY
Holly Hosford-Dunn, PhD, the editor-in-chief of Hearinghealthmatters.org, described Jane Madell as “an informed and fearless champion of all things Audiology since the 1960s era of civil rights, women’s rights, and human rights activism. She may be our profession’s earliest activist for pediatric audiology.” Dr. Hosford-Dunn added, “Like any good activist, Jane has always taken strong positions. She has welcomed dissenting opinions and data, encouraging dialectic discussion as an important means of furthering our profession.”
“I have often disagreed with Jane, sometime vehemently,” she continued, “but I have always emerged from the discussions as a better informed, more fully formed audiologist. I value Jane’s views and welcome her with open arms to our pages.”
Jane Madell’s clinical and research interests have been in the areas of evaluation of hearing in infants and young children; management of hearing loss in children; selection and management of technology, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and FM systems; assessment of auditory function; and evaluation and management of auditory processing disorders.
She has published four books, and numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is a frequent presenter at professional and parent meetings on topics including auditory development, listening and spoken language, management of children with hearing loss, auditory processing disorders, and family support.