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Jaclyn B. Spitzer, PhD

  • Professor of Audiology and Speech Pathology (in Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery)

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Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-0029

Jaclyn B. Spitzer, PhD

Jaclyn B. Spitzer, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Audiology and Speech Pathology in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the Director of Audiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center campus. She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology. She is a former member of the New York State Licensure Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Dr. Spitzer received her doctorate in Audiology from Columbia University. Her dissertation study, “The Auditory Processing Capabilities of Chronic Alcoholics”, demonstrated that the central auditory nervous system was affected by chronic alcoholism. She has held full-time or part-time faculty appointments at Case Western Reserve University, Yale University School of Medicine, University of Connecticut, Southern Connecticut State University, Lehman College, Teachers College of Columbia University and Montclair State University. She is a sought-after lecturer by state, national and international organizations.

Dr. Spitzer has been involved in research and clinical application of implantable devices for over 30 years. She is the Director of the Audiology Division of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and the Director of the Cochlear Implant Team. Her clinical foci are cochlear implant evaluation and rehabilitation, central auditory evaluation, and tinnitus evaluation and rehabilitation.

Her over 80 journal publications and over 175 scientific abstracts are focused on cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing devices, implantable hearing aids, rehabilitation with implants, and central auditory processing. She authored the text Rehabilitation of the Late Deafened Adult with Thomas G. Giolas, Ph.D. and Steven B. Leder, Ph.D., in which detailed therapeutic materials were presented for use with adult cochlear implant recipients. An edited text with Joseph Montano, Ed.D., Adult Audiologic Rehabiitation, was published in its second edition in 2014. Dr. Spitzer's research has examined the impact of bone-anchored hearing aids and was among the first to demonstrate their utility for persons with unilateral deafness, also known as single-sided deafness. Her current research projects include: application of the “Appreciation of Music In Cochlear Implantees [AMICI] test”, created with Dean Mancuso, AuD; “Improvement of Spanish language speech recognition materials” with Jorge Zavala, AuD; application of a sentence test of speech perception in reverberation, developed with a team from the Cleveland Clinic ; and examination of the rehabilitative options for single-sided deafness. These projects represent a mix of productive relationships with other Audiologists, Otolaryngologists, Psychiatrists, Experimental Psychologists, and multicenter collaborations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cochlear Implantation
  • Hearing & Speech
  • Hearing Evaluation
  • Hearing Loss
  • Audiological Evaluations

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship: New York Harbor Healthcare System


  • Harkness Pavilion

    180 Fort Washington Avenue
    Floor: 7
    New York, NY 10032
    (212) 305-0029
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-0029
    (212) 305-3975

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

NIH Grants


    Jul 1 2015 - Jan 31 2017

    PONTO EVALUATION (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

    Oct 13 2011 - Oct 13 2016


    Oct 1 2013 - Aug 31 2014


1. Spitzer, J.B. and Zavala, J.S.: Development of a Spanish version of the LittlEARS Parental Questionnaire for use in the United States. Audiology Research, 1(3) 23-29 (2011).

2. Zheng, Y., Skerlick, D.A., and Spitzer, J. Long Term Effects of Cochlear Implantation on Quality of Life and Perception of Handicap. Journal of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, 44:41-52 (2012).

3. Spitzer, J.B., Cellum, I.P. and Bosworth, C. Audiometric stability and challenges in audiologic management of elderly cochlear implant users. Otology & Neurotology.34(9):1636-1641 (2013).

4. Kohlberg, G., Spitzer, J.B., Mancuso, D.M. and Lalwani, A.K. Does Cochlear Implantation Restore Music Appreciation (TrioBP)? Laryngoscope. 124: 587-588 (2013). Article first published online : 21 May 2013, DOI: 10.1002/lary.24171

5. Cheng, M.Y., Spitzer, J.B., Shafiro, V., Sheft, S., and Mancuso, D. Reliability Measure of a Clinical Test: Appreciation of Music In Cochlear Implantees (AMICI). Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 24(10): 969-979 (2013).

6. Kohlberg, G., Spitzer J.B., Mancuso, D; Lalwani, AK. Does cochlear implantation restore music appreciation?. [Review] Laryngoscope. 124(3):587-8, 2014.

7. Spitzer, J.B., Chari, D., Lipson, S., Machmer, E., Rouse, L., Lalwani, A.K. Utility of Electronystagmography in the Prediction of Post-Operative Outcome following Cochlear Implantation. The Journal of Laryngology and Otology , 129(3):238-43 (2015).

8. Neidleman, M., Wambacq, I., Besing, J., and Spitzer, J.B. The effect of background babble on working memory in young and middle-aged adults. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 26:220-228 (2015).

9. Spitzer, J.B., Sandridge, S. Newman, C.N., Sydlowski, S. and Ghent, R.M. A Speech Recognition Test in Simulated Reverberation Conditions. American Journal of Audiology 24:169-177 (2015).

10. Meilijson, S. and Spitzer, J.B. The language performance of hearing aid and cochlear implant adult users: A pragmatic approach. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders 6:237-250 (2015).

11. Fava, G., Oliveira, G. and Spitzer, J.B. The Use of Sound Pressure Level (SPL) Meter Apps in the Clinical Setting American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 1-15 (2016).

12. Leskowitz, M.J., Caruana, F.F., Siedlecki, B., Qian, Z.J., Spitzer, J.B., and Lalwani, A.K. Asymmetric Hearing Loss is Common and Benign In Patients 95 Years and Older (Accepted by Laryngoscope).

13. Qian, Z.J., Wattamwar, K., Caruana, F.F., Otter, J., Leskowitz, M.J., Siedlecki, B., Spitzer, J.B., and Lalwani, A.K. Hearing Aid Use is Associated with Better Mini-Mental State Exam Performance. Accepted by American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

14. Kohlberg,G,. Mancuso, D.M., Griffin, B.M., Spitzer, J.B., and Lalwani, A.K. Impact of noise reduction algorithm in cochlear implant processing on music enjoyment. (Accepted by Otology Neurotology).