Aniruddha Deshpande, PhD, CCC-A, assistant professor of audiology in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, was one of 28 professionals nationwide chosen for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s 2016-17 leadership development program for audiologists.
Participants in the year-long program must develop and complete an individual leadership project focused on the workplace, volunteer organization, or community that involves building a team and giving back to the profession – for example, creating a support group, developing a clinical or educational program, or working for regulatory and policy change. They also participate in a one-day workshop as well as 16 webinars and online team meetings over the year.
Dr. Deshpande’s selection to the program was based in part on his proposed project to raise awareness of tinnitus, a common but non-curable condition of a constant ringing or buzzing sound in the ear, on Long Island. At Hofstra, he has established the Hear-Ring Lab, a research facility in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences that serves both as a resource for patients as well as the site of clinical research projects on tinnitus, which affects almost 30 million Americans and can disrupt sleep, interfere with concentration, and cause psychological distress.
The Hear-Ring Lab website also provides general information on causes, diagnosis, treatment options, prevention tips, and a list of local clinical and research facilities. Dr. Deshpande and his team are also recruiting patients for five ongoing clinical research studies.
As part of his proposal, Dr. Deshpande will also conduct a presentation at a local high school about noise- and music-induced hearing loss and its connection to tinnitus.