Barbara L. Chertok serves on the National Advisory Board of the American Hearing Research Foundation. Ms. Chertok was suddenly deafened at age 21 due to Cogan’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease. She has been a successful cochlear implant user since 1998 and founded two cochlear implant support groups in Florida.
Ms. Chertok is a freelance writer for journals related to hearing loss. She was a lipreading teacher for ten years and is a longtime advocate for the rights of people with hearing loss through writing, consulting and lecturing. She has lectured at conferences and conventions both in the United States and abroad, taking her to Israel and Australia.
Ms. Chertok was certified in 1979 as a Reverse/Oral Interpreter (visual-to-spoken). In 1982 she was selected as the first person with a hearing loss to serve on a jury in Maryland. She was assisted in the courtroom by an Oral Interpreter who sat in the jury box with her and whose lips she read for the duration of the trial. Ms. Chertok is listed in 1995/96 Marquis’ Who’s Who of American Women.
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5th Annual Knowles Hearing Center Symposium – Hearing Loss in Children: Is a little too much?
July 23, 2014 - Knowles Hearing Center Symposium 2014 - Hearing Loss in Children: Is a little too much? Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:45am-5:00pm Hilton Orrington Hotel 1710 Orrington Avenue Evanston, IL 60201
July 18, 2014 - You've seen your doctor for Ménière's disease. During Ménière's attacks, you may have vertigo, or the feeling that you are spinning. You may also have hearing loss (usually in one ear) and ringing or roaring in the affected ear, called tinnitus.