Audiologists at the Center for Hearing and Communication NYC
NYC’s premier team of audiologists
Ellen Lafargue, AuD, CCC-A
Co-Director, Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology and Communication Centers
Director, Berelson Hearing Technology Center
Dr. Ellen Lafargue is the Director of CHC’s centers of excellence: Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology and Communication Centers and Berelson Hearing Technology Center. Having begun her career at CHC more than 30 years ago, Dr. Lafargue specializes in state-of-the-art hearing device evaluation and fitting on adults. She is widely regarded throughout the tri-state area as being one of the most skilled audiologists in providing adults with the best hearing device for them. Dr. Lafargue received her Master’s Degree in Audiology in 1983 from Hunter College of the City University of New York and her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2003 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She has been an adjunct faculty member at NYU and Kean College in New Jersey. Dr. Lafargue is certified by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the states of New York and New Jersey. The Hearing Review named Dr. lafargue among the Best Hearing Healthcare Professionals in the U.S.
Anita Stein-Meyers, AuD, CCC-A
Assistant Director, Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology Center
Dr. Anita Stein-Meyers is the Assistant Director of the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology Center at the Center for Hearing and Communication and has been a member of CHC’s team of audiologists since 1986. Dr. Stein-Meyers’ area of expertise is the comprehensive audiological evaluation and amplification fitting of infants and young children. Through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and her years of knowledge she brings expert care and compassion to families throughout the tri-state area. She received her Master’s Degree in Audiology in 1986 from Brooklyn College and her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2003 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.. Dr. Stein-Meyers has presented on hearing loss in children at state and national conventions. She is certified by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, and is licensed in the state of New York.
Susan E. Adams, MS, CCC-A
Supervisor, Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Center + Audiologist
Susan E. Adams is a skilled audiologist with unique expertise in the evaluation and treatment of tinnitus (also known as ringing in the ear) and hyperacusis. She serves as supervisor of CHC’s Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Center and specializes in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), a technique that has proven highly effective in alleviating the debilitating symptoms of severe tinnitus and hyperacusis. Having earned her audiology degree at Ithaca College with further studies under the esteemed Dr. Pawel Jastreboff, Susan serves an adult roster of clients with and without tinnitus. She is regarded as one of NYC’s leading audiologists specializing in tinnitus. .
Jane Auriemmo, AuD, CCC-A
Offering expert audiological services for both adults and children, Dr. Jane Auriemmo is a highly regarded clinician fluent in the latest digital hearing technology. Prior to joining the Center for Hearing and Communication in 2011, Dr. Auriemmo was a researcher responsible for several acclaimed papers in the field including, Development of Speech and Language in Children Using Hearing Aids. For her undergraduate degree, Dr. Auriemmo attended Queens College of the City University of New York, where she graduated magna cum laude. She continued her education with a master’s degree at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She completed a specialized Au.D. at the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Auriemmo has been an integral member of CHC’s team of audiologists since 2011.
Kristin Aravena, AuD, CCC-A
Dr. Kristin Aravena, a 2013 graduate of Long Island AuD Consortium (Adelphi/Hostra/St. John’s), is a passionate and dynamic member of CHC’s team of audiologists. With unsurpassed technical expertise, Dr. Aravena is skilled at determining just the right hearing solution for each person’s individual needs. Her expertise includes the fitting of Lyric, an extended wear hearing devise that fits in the ear canal and is completely invisible. In addition, Dr. Aravena completes Auditory Processing evaluations on individuals with normal hearing who have difficulty understanding auditory information. Dr. Aravena also goes out into the community on our audiological mobile unit as part of CHC’s Center for Hearing and Aging. She provides hearing screenings, complete evaluations, and assistive technology evaluations.
Michele DiStefano, AuD, CCC-A
Dr. Michele DiStefano joined CHC in 2017 with expertise in pediatric audiology honed at Beth Israel Medical Center, Clarke Schools, and New York Eye and Ear. A graduate of the audiology program at CUNY-Brooklyn College, Dr DiStefano sees children and adults at CHC with a focus on comprehensive diagnostic testing, fitting of amplification/FM systems, post-fitting counseling and Early Intervention. With her pediatric clients, Dr. DiStefano partners with the families to help them ensure their child achieves his or her goals. As an audiologist working with clients of all ages, her approach is to treat people exactly as she would want one of her own family members treated by a health care professional.
Terrence Williams, H.I.S.
Assistant Director, Berelson Hearing Technology Center
Terrence Williams is a hearing instrument specialist with more than 25 years of experience at the Center for Hearing and Communication working with all types of hearing devices. His technical expertise is indispensable in the repair, testing, and fitting of hearing aids, as well as ongoing follow-up care and counseling. Additionally, Terrence is fluent in assistive listening and alerting technology that helps people who are deaf or hard of hearing be safe and communicate better. On Thursdays at 2:00PM, you’ll find Terrence leading our free weekly group devices demo where you can learn about captioned phones, wireless TV headsets, and vibrating alarm clocks.
Elise Lerario, M.A.
Having completed the academic portion of her doctorate program at the University of Pittsburgh, Elise Lerario is CHC’s Audiology Resident. Elise is involved in a broad array of in-office responsibilities including testing, hearing aid fitting, repairs, and counseling as well as mobile hearing screenings aboard our mobile hearing test unit. As a skilled and caring clinician, she is committed to improving her clients’ quality of life by maximizing their hearing and optimizing their communication ability.