Professor Jozef Zwislocki to Give Heyser Memorial Lecture

On Saturday, October 8, 2005, professor Jozef J. Zwislocki will give the Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 119th AES Convention, providing audio professionals with the latest findings on how the human ear processes sound and suggested methods for protecting the inner ear.
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Professor Jozef J. Zwislocki

On Saturday, October 8, 2005, professor Jozef J. Zwislocki will give the Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 119th AES Convention, providing audio professionals with the latest findings on how the human ear processes sound and suggested methods for protecting the inner ear. The lecture will be held at 6:45 p.m., at the Javits Center in New York City.

“Dr. Zwislocki’s distinguished career in engineering and neuroscience has provided him with invaluable theoretical and practical experience on hearing loss,” says AES technical council chair and incoming president-elect, Wieslaw Woszczyk. “His work at the Psychoacoustic Laboratory at Harvard and with the Organization of Bioacoustics Lab at Syracuse has yielded major breakthroughs in the rapidly evolving area of sensory communications. We are privileged to have Dr. Zwislocki share his insights as the Heyser Lecturer.”

The lecture will address such pivotal subjects as the physiological mechanisms of the auditory system; the inner ear, sound analysis and sound transduction into neural activity. Dr. Zwislocki will discuss the development of these concepts and introduce a new principle for protecting the vulnerable cochlear hair cells against environmental noise.

Since obtaining his engineering degree in 1945 from the Swiss Federal Technical Institute, Dr. Zwislocki has specialized on psychophysics and auditory biophysics. He has performed extensive research on the auditory system, its psychophysics, biophysics and psychophysiology. A Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and American Speech Language and Hearing Association, Dr. Zwislocki is Distinguished Professor Emeritus Biomedical & Chemical Engineering at Syracuse Univesity. He has earned such distinctions as the international Amplifon Prize, Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, and the Award of Merit for the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

“Hearing loss is a major tragedy for anyone, but particularly for audio industry professionals,” AES Convention chair Jim Anderson adds. “Dr Zwislocki’s address should be considered a critical wake-up call to our attendees regarding the importance of hearing protection. We are very pleased to provide a forum for his invaluable findings.”

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