By COLlive reporter
When some 24,000 doctors tune in Wednesday, July 15, to the afternoon session on AudiologyOnline’s eLearning seminar they will see a white-bearded Lubavitch Chasid.
“I think it will be a refreshing Kiddush Hashem,” agrees Dr. Levi A. Reiter, a professor of Audiology and Head of the Audiology Program at Hofstra University and Long Island AuD Consortium.
Reiter, a Crown Heights resident, will be lecturing about his breakthrough discovery of a form of hearing loss that can be avoided. He calls it REKS: Reiter’s Ear Kiss Syndrome.
Titled “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You,” he will explain how a loving kiss on the ear’s aperture can result in sudden sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis.
This presentation explores the physiological mechanism underlying this ear-kiss syndrome.
Reiter was widely featured in national media outlets in June 2008 when a kiss by homemaker Gail Schwartzman’s daughter displaced her eardrum as well as paralyzed a trio of bones in her ear.
The Lubavitch expert was interviewed on Newsday, NBC’s Today Show, CBS News and CBS’ The Early Show.
Speaking to COLlive Sunday, Dr. Reiter said that only after his groundbreaking research, he understood why he Rebbe had insisted he pursue audiology.
“The Rebbe kept pushing me and I went with it,” says Reiter, who operates an audiology practice in Brooklyn, where he offers advanced diagnostic services and hearing aid dispensing.
As a complement to his classroom teaching, Dr. Reiter performs “Audiology Raps” which helps the difficult material go down more easily.
As a grandfather to 20 children and counting, all under the age of nine, he is keen on alerting parents of small children and even adults of the possible casualties of the innocent expression of love.
His online lecture on Wednesday is another step ahead in his mission.