Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders


John Ferraro

John A. Ferraro

Carolyn Doughty-Margaret Kemp Professor
Chairperson, Department of Hearing and Speech
University of Kansas Medical Center

Co-Director, Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders
Associate Dean for Research, School of Health Professions

Phone: (913) 588-5937
FAX: (913) 588-5923

B.S., 1968, Southern Colorado State College
M.S., 1970, University of Denver
Ph.D., 1972, University of Denver
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1972-1974, Northwestern University

Director, Auditory Evoked Potential Laboratory


Dr. Ferraro's research interests are in the areas of auditory electrophysiology and the clinical applications of auditory evoked potentials (AEPs). He has numerous publications and presentations related to the use of the "early" AEPs in the diagnosis, assessment and management of otological/ neuro-otological disorders. The development and refinement of non-invasive electrocochleographic approaches to help diagnose and monitor Meniere's disease/endolymphatic hydrops has been the focus of recent research. In addition, Dr. has raised over $1,000,000 to help support the Hearing and Speech Department’s Hartley Family Center for Childhood Hearing, and recently submitted a proposal to the University Endowment Association that resulted in a $500,000 gift to establish the Marjean Werries Graduate Fellowship in Audiology.

Selected Publications


Ferraro, J.A., Beck, D.L., and Speidel, D.P. (2011). Developments in electrocochleography: 2011., July: 38-42 (invited).

Tourtillott, B.M., Ferraro, J., Bani-Ahmed, A., Almquist, E., and Deshpande, N. (2010). Age-related changes in vestibular evoked myogenic potentials using a modified blood pressure manometer feedback method. American Journal of Audiology, 19: 100-108.

Ferraro, J. (2010). Electrocochleography: A review of recording approaches, clinical applications and new findings in adults and children. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 21, 145-152.

Al-Momani, M., Ferraro, J., Gajewski, B. , and Ator, G., (2009). Improved sensitivity of Electrochleography in the diagnosis of Meniere’s disease. International Journal of Audiology, 48:811-819.

Ferraro, J., and Nunez, L. (2008). Emerging models of AuD-to-PhD education. ASHA Leader, October Issue, 14-17 (invited).

Gaddam, A., and Ferraro, J. (2008). ABR recordings in newborns using an ear canal electrode. International Journal of Audiology, 47, 499-504.

Riazi, M., and Ferraro, J. (2007). Observations on mastoid versus ear canal recorded cochlear microphonic in newborns and adults. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (in press).

Ferraro, J., and Durrant, J. (2006). Electrocochleography in the evaluation of patients with Meniere's disease/endolymphatic hydrops. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology 17, 45-68 (invited).

Ferraro, J. (2004). Electrocochleography. In: Kent, R. (Ed.) The MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders. Philadelphia: The MIT Press, 461-467.

Ferraro, J. (2004). Advice to budding audiologists from an admittedly biased perspective. NSSHLA News & Notes, Winter 2004, 4-5 (invited).

Ballachanda, B., Crawford, M., Ferraro, J., Griffiths, S. (2003). Auditory Evoked Potentials - Audiologic Evaluation Working Group on Auditory Evoked Potential Measurements. Rockville, MD: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (special tutorial document).

Devaiah, A., Dawson, K., Ferraro, J., Ator, G. (2003). Utility of area curve ratio Electrocochleography in early Meniere Disease. Arch Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg. 29, 547-551.

Fabian, C., Kimler, B., Brady, D., Mayo, M., Chang, J., Ferraro, et al. (2002). A phase II breast cancer chemoprevention trial of oral DFMO: Breast tissue, imaging, and serum and urine biomarkers. Clinical Cancer Research 8, 3105-3117.

Book Chapters:

Widen, J., Keener, S., Kennalley, T., and Ferraro, J. (2010). Case 4 – Lily: An Infant with a Sensorineural Hearing Loss. In: Chabon, S., and Cohn, E. (Eds.) The Communication Disorders Casebook: Learning by Example. Boston: Pearson, 28-32.

Ferraro, J. (2009). Hearing Science. In: Ruscello, D. (ed.). Mosby’s Review Questions for the Speech-Language Pathology Praxis Examination. Maryland Heights, Missouri: Mosby-Elsevier, 214-219.

Gochee, P., Storms, R., Ferraro, J.A., Staecker, H. (2008). Overview of treatment of hearing Loss. In: Hoy, R., and Dallos, P. (Eds.). The Senses: A Comprehensive Reference. San Diego: Elsevier, 447-467.

Ferraro, J., Folsom, R., Mancl, L., Hurley, A., Moorehouse, R.(2007). Auditory elelctrophysiological assessment. In: Decker, T.N., and Ackley, S.A. (Eds.) An Essential Guide to Clinical Audiology. Oxford Press, 139 – 171.

Ferraro, J.A. (2007). Electrocochleography. In: Roesser, R., Hosfort-Dunn, H., and Valente, M. (Eds.). Audiology: Diagnosis, Treatment Strategies and Practice Management. 2nd Edition. New York: Thieme.

Ferraro, J. (2007). Electrocochleography: How I do it. In: Decker, T.N., and Ackley, S.A. (Eds.). An Essential Guide to Clinical Audiology. Oxford Press (in press).

Gochee, P., Storms, R., Ferraro, J.A., Staecker, H. (2007). Overview of treatment of hearing Loss. In: Hoy, R., and Dallos, P. (Eds.). The Senses: A Comprehensive Reference. San Diego: Elsevier (in press).

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