Prof. Minka Hildesheimer
Sheba Medical Center & Tel Aviv University, Israel
Minka Hildesheimer, PhD, is a Professor of Communication Disorders specializing in audiology and electrophysiology of the auditory system at the Department of Communication Disorders, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. She has been the incumbent of the Drs. Sarah and Felix Dumont Chair for Research of Hearing Disorders at Tel Aviv University during the years 2004-2016. Prof. Hildesheimer served as head of the Department of Communication Disorders at Tel Aviv University for 9 years. She was head of the Hearing, Speech, & Language Center at Sheba Medical Center for 25 years, between 1986 and 2011. As a pioneer in the field of communication disorders in Israel she founded the first cochlear implant program together with the department of otolaryngology at Sheba Medical Center in 1989. She also founded the first national neonatal hearing screening program at Sheba Medical Center in 1997. Prof. Hildesheimer’s research focuses on animal as well as human models including inner ear function during hypoxia, acoustic over-stimulation and defferentation, clinical audiology, and cochlear implants using objective, as well as behavioral methods. Clinically, she is currently a leading member of the cochlear implant team at the Hearing, Speech & Language Center at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, involved in candidacy consultation and programming.