Profile: Christiane Bischoff

Christiane Bischoff is a PORA expert who will speak on ‘Activities and Outcomes in Children with Cochlear Implants in Comparison with Hearing Peers’ during the November 29th PORA! webinar, and on December 13th in the forum discussion. Dr. Christiane Bischoff is a speech language pathologist specializing in hearing-impaired pedagogy. In 1999 she graduated from Heidelberg …

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Profile: Dr. Sascha Bischoff

b. 26.05.1971

1993-1999 – education in Deaf Pedagogics and Early Pedagogics at the Universities of Karlsruhe and Heidelberg

1999-2002 – assistant for research and science; teacher at the Warmia-Mazury University in Olzstyn (Poland)

2003 – work in science and research at WMU within the DAAD academic exchange program and as award winner of the Foundation of the Federal Land of Baden-Wuertemberg

2005 – attained the degree of Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences (cum laude, awarded by Prof. Dr. Horsch/Prof. Dr. Laszig).

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Profile: Romina Rauner


German expert Romina Rauner will present on ‘Discussing a Child’s Development with Parents and Experts‘  in the October 4th webinar and the October 18th forum discussion.

2002-2007 – study at Heidelberg University in Germany in speech and language pathology and development pedagogy

2007-2008 – internship at a secondary school of the Stegen Education and Counseling Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

– development of a program for inclusive teaching of hearing-impaired children in the Stegen Education and Counseling Center in Ueberlingen-am-Ried and Bolingen.

– joint management of inclusive class groups with a primary school teacher. Paired teaching.

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Profile: Anna Makukhina


On April 19th 2015, during a forum discussion, Marina Guryeva and Anna Makukhina, top-qualified special teachers from St. Petersburg, will speak on ‘Rehabilitation for Hearing-Impaired Persons in Germany’.

Anna Makukhina, b. 1976, graduated from the A.I. Gertsen State University in 1999 with a Master’s degree in correctional pedagogics, specializing in deaf pedagogics.

Between 1998 and 2001 she was a teacher of the deaf in an early habilitation group in the Municipal Children’s Surdological Center (presently Municipal Pediatric Restorative Treatment Center for Hearing and Speech Impairment No. 1).

2001-2008 – teacher of the deaf in kindergarten No. 109 of Vyborg district (the first integrated group of hearing-impaired children in a St. Petersburg logopaedic kindergarten).

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PORA! team: Anastasia Flanagan

Based in Kyiv, Anastasia has been with the Lehnhardt Academy as Information Manager since 2010. She helps develop the PORA! seminar program by taking care of the English language blog of the Lehnhardt Academy and by being the principal interpreter from and into English and German during the webinars. Jointly with Olga Niekrasova she is managing the Facebook page of the Lehnhardt Academy. With her qualifications in web design, she is good at creating content and layouts for our information resources.

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Profile: Gisela Batliner

Gisela Batliner, MA, clinical linguist and SLP, holds an international Montessori diploma and has years of experience in early intervention and diagnostics of children with hearing loss and multiple impairments. She teaches extensively in pedagogy and qualification enhancement, provides mentorship and publishes articles and books. 1983-1990 – work in the speech and language department of the …

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Profile: Bodo Bertram

Dr. rer. biol. humIMG_0362 B. Bertram, born 1945, graduated 1964;

University studies at the Martin Luther University Halle (Saale) and the Institute of teacher training. University studies to be a pedagogue for hearing impaired children at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, Section Pedagogic Rehabilitation and Communication Science.


Started work as educator at the school for the deaf „Albert Klotz“, Halle (Saale) and as educator and teacher at the school for the deaf „Albert Gutzmann“, Berlin;

1989 started work at the ENT clinic of the Medical University of Hanover and helped develop the first Post-Op Pedagogic-Therapeutic Rehabilitation Program for children with cochlear implants in Germany.

1990 onwards – director of the Cochlear Implant Center Wilhelm Hirte in Hanover (CIC);

1996 – promotion for the Dr. rer. biol. hum. at the ENT clinic of the Medical University of Hanover.

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Profile: Dr. Georg Sprinzl

sprinzl2We are looking forward to the forum discussion with Prof. Sprinzl on March 22 2015!

Dr Georg M. Sprinzl is Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and leads the Implant team of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in St. Pölten, Lower Austria, which is the largest department in Austria for ORL. Simultaneously, he is the Head of the Department. He focuses on stapes surgery, surgery of active middle ear implants and cochlear implantation as well as on neurotologic and oncologic skull base surgery. Sprinzl was trained in oncologic surgery by Prof. Werner in Marburg/Germany and was responsible for the cochlear implantation program.

He developed an ongoing educational program for surgeons with interest in Cochlear implantation and Vibrant Sound Bridge Surgery. Sprinzl is PI of several clinical trials in the field hearing implants. He has a special interest for sound localization and speech perception in bilateral users of Vibrant Sound Bridge. Additionally he has established a novel animal cochlear implant model in sheep together with the Inner Ear Laboratory (Prof. Dr. A. Schrott-Fischer), University of Innsbruck, Austria. His main research interests are the development of new atraumatic cochlear implant electrodes for the restoration of residual hearing and the development of new bone anchored hearing aids.

He was the first to implant the new bone conduction device Bonebridge worldwide.

Prof. Dr. Sprinzl has published over 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He regularly publishes articles in various areas of otolaryngology and head and neck oncology. Due to the development of the educational program he is heavily involved in clinical teaching in over 30 countries in the field of otology.

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Profile: Dr. Astrid Wolf-Magele


We are looking forward to the webinar with Dr. Wolf-Magele on March 8 2015, and the forum discussion  on March 22 2015!

Dr. Astrid Wolf-Magele started her training as ENT specialist in June 2007 at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Before that she finished her training as General Doctor in May 2007. Successfully she completed her residency in September 2011 at the University hospital in Innsbruck.

Now, since March 2013, she has been working as a specialist at the ENT department at the University clinic St.Poelten. Her interests are focused on Otology and Neurotology.

In addition to general surgeries in the ENT, she does mainly general ear surgeries, cochlear implantations, and implantations of bone conductive hearing aids (transcutaneous and percutaneous).

Since January 2015 she is the head of the “Hearing impaired program” of St.Poelten.

She is member of the Otology group of Prof. GM Sprinzl since June 2008. Her main research interests are in clinical trials in the field of hearing implants. She pays special interest to sound localization and speech perception in bilateral users of Vibrant Soundbridge. Another main topic is elderly patients suffering from presbyacusis, and quality of life studies from patients aided with hearing implants.

In addition, she works in the Neurotology team, focusing especially on the rehabilitation of patients with cochlear implants and also on vertigo in adults and children after implantation of CIs.

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