Laurie S. Eisenberg

Professor, Research Otolaryngology
Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California

Laurie S. Eisenberg

Research Topics

  • Pediatric audiology
  • Speech perception in children
  • Auditory sensory devices (auditory brainstem implants, cochlear implants, and hearing aids)
  • Auditory development in children with hearing loss

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Research Overview

Dr. Laurie Eisenberg is an audiologist who engages in clinical research specific to pediatric hearing loss, auditory perception, and sensory devices. Her primary research interests involve: 1) defining the auditory factors and their inter-relationships that underlie the development of spoken language competence in infants and young children with hearing loss; and 2) developing methods and assessment tools for measuring auditory capacity in children with hearing loss. Her research is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Contact Information

Mailing Address USC-CHLA Center for Childhood Communication
806 W. Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007-2505
Office Location UPC campus
Office Phone (213) 764-2826
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Office Location UPC campus


  • 1972 B.A., Music, California State University, Fresno
  • 1976 M.A., Communicative Disorders, California State University, Northridge
  • 1991 Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Sciences, Graduate School and Center of the City University of New York
  • 1990 - 1992 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Human Auditory Laboratory Division of Head and Neck Surgery UCLA School of Medicine

Selected Publications

  • DesJardin, J.L., Doll, E., Stika, C.J., Eisenberg, L.S., Johnson, K.C. Ganguly, D.H., Henning, S., & Colson, B. (2014). Parental support of language skills during joint book reading for young children with hearing loss. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 35(3): 167-181. PubMed
  • Ambrose, S.E., Fey, M.E., & Eisenberg, L.S. (2012). Phonological awareness and print knowledge of preschool children with cochlear implants. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55, 811-823. PubMed
  • Niparko, J.K., Tobey, E.A., Thal, D.J., Eisenberg, L.S., Wang, N-Y., Quittner, A.L., & Fink, N.E. (2010). Spoken language development in children following cochlear implantation. Journal of the American Medical Association, 303, 1498-1506. PubMed Link
  • DesJardin, J.L., Ambrose, S.E., & Eisenberg, L.S. (2008) Literacy skills in children with cochlear implants: The importance of early oral language and joint storybook reading. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 14(1): 22-43. PubMed
  • Eisenberg, L.S., Johnson, K.C., Martinez, A.S., DesJardin, J.L., Stika, C.J., Dzubak, D., Mahalak, M.L., & Rector, E.P. (2008). Comprehensive evaluation of a child with an auditory brainstem implant. Otology and Neurotology, 29:251-257. PubMed
  • Eisenberg, L.S., Martinez, A.S., & Boothroyd, A. (2007). Assessing auditory capabilities in young children. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 71:1339-1350. PubMed
  • DesJardin, J.L., & Eisenberg, L.S. (2007). Maternal contributions: Supporting language development in young children with cochlear implants. Ear and Hearing, 28:456-469. PubMed
  • Thal, D., DesJardin, J.L., & Eisenberg, L.S. (2007). Validity of the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventory for measuring language abilities in children with cochlear implants. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16:54-64. PubMed
  • Eisenberg, L.S., Martinez, A.S., Holowecky, S.R., & Pogorelsky, S. (2002). Recognition of lexically controlled words and sentences in children with normal hearing and children with cochlear implants. Ear and Hearing, 23:450-462.
  • Eisenberg, L.S., Shannon, R.V., Martinez, A.S., Wygonski, J., & Boothroyd, A. (2000). Speech recognition with reduced spectral cues as a function of age. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 107:2704-2710.