University of Southern California

USC Neuroscience

Laurie S. Eisenberg

Scientist III and Co-Director
Children's Auditory Research and Evaluation Center (CARE)
House Ear Institute

Research Topics

  1. Pediatric audiology
  2. Speech perception in children
  3. Auditory sensory devices (cochlear implants and hearing aids)
  4. Auditory development in children with hearing loss

Research Overview

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. Dr. Eisenberg has a number of ongoing collaborations with scientists from UCLA, Indiana University, Purdue University, Johns Hopkins University, and San Diego State University. Her research is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Contact Information

Web Site:
House Ear Institute
Mailing Address:
2100 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA. 90057
Office Location:
HEI, Los Angeles
Office Phone:
(213) 273-8021
(213) 989-6764


  • 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

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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. (In press).

Wang, N-Y., Eisenberg, L.S., Johnson, K.C., Fink, N.E, Tobey, E.A., Quittner, A.L., Niparko, J.K., & the CDaCI Investigative Team (2008). Tracking development of speech recognition: Longitudinal data from hierarchical assessments in the Childhood Development after Cochlear Implantation (CDaCI) Study. Otology and Neurotology. 29:240-245. -PubMed

Martinez, A., Eisenberg, L., Boothroyd, A., & Visser-Dumont, L. (2008). Assessing speech pattern contrast perception in infants: Early results on VRASPAC. Otology and Neurotology. 29:183-188. -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., Johnson, K.J., Martinez, A.S., Cokely, C.G., Tobey, E.A., Quittner, A.L., Fink, N.E., Wang, N-Y., Niparko, J.K, & the CDaCI Investigative Team. (2006). Speech recognition at 1-year follow-up in the Childhood Development after Cochlear Implantation Study: Methods and preliminary findings. Audiology & Neurotology. 11:259-268. -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. -PubMed

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. -PubMed