Brian Fligor, PhD, PASC is Founder and President of Boston Audiology Consultants, Inc., and Musicians Hearing Program (Mansfield, MA), an audiology clinical and technical consulting private practice. Dr. Fligor has served as Chief Development Officer at Lantos Technologies (Woburn, MA), leading product development and business development of direct ear scanning technology to make custom-fitted ear devices (such as in-ear monitors, hearing protection, and hearing instruments). From 2005-2013, Dr. Fligor was Director of Diagnostic Audiology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in audiology with a specialty in pediatric audiology, and author of Understanding Childhood Hearing Loss (Rowman and Littlefield; October 2015). He is chair of the World Health Organization working group drafting guidelines for headphone manufacturers to make safer portable listening devices and co-authored a monograph on determination of risk of noise-induced hearing loss due to recreational sound. Dr. Fligor is adjunct faculty at the George S. Osborne College of Audiology, Salus University (Elkins Park, PA), a consultant member of the Children’s Oncology Group, and founder and past-chair of the Music-Induced Hearing Disorders Taskforce for the National Hearing Conservation Association. Dr. Fligor’s publications on hearing loss risk from music received considerable popular media attention, including being spoofed on the David Letterman Show in 2005. His publications on ototoxicity were incorporated into the JCIH Position Statement (2007) and helped shape a new unified international chemotherapy ototoxicity grading scale. He holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Sc.D. in Audiology from Boston University.
Key Scientific and Lay Publications:
Fligor BJ, Cox LC. Output levels of commercially available compact disc players and the potential risk to hearing. Ear and Hearing 2004;25:513-27.
Fligor BJ, Neault MW, Mullen CH, Feldman HA, Jones DT. Factors associated with sensorineural hearing loss in survivors of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy. Pediatrics 2005;115(6):1519-28.
Fligor BJ. Personal listening devices and hearing loss: seeking evidence of a long term problem through a successful short-term investigation. Noise & Health. 2009;11(44):129-31.
Levey S, Levey T, Fligor BJ. Noise exposure estimates of urban MP3 player users. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research. 2011;54(1):263-77.
Portnuff CDF, Fligor BJ, Arehart KH. Teenage use of portable listening devices: A hazard to hearing? Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 2011;22:663-677.
Brock PR, Knight KR, Freyer DR, Campbell KC, Steyger PS, Blakley BW, Rassekh SR, Chang KW, Fligor BJ, Rajput K, Sullivan M, Neuwelt EA. Platinum-induced ototoxicity in children: a consensus review on mechanisms, predisposition, and protection, including a new International Society of Pediatric Oncology Boston ototoxicity scale. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2012;30(19):2408-17.
Gordon LB, Kleinman ME, Miller DT, Neuberg DS, Giobbie-Hurder A, Gerhard-Herman M, Smoot LB, Gordon CM, Cleveland R, Snyder BD, Fligor B, Bishop WR, Statkevich P, Regen A, Sonis A, Riley S, Ploski C, Correia A, Quinn N, Ullrich NJ, Nazarian A, Liang MG, Huh SY, Schwartzman A, Kieran MW. Clinical trial of a farnesyltransferase inhibitor in children with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 2012 Sep 24
Fligor BJ. Verification of Flat Attenuation Characteristics of Musicians Earplugs. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Suppl. June 2012.
Portnuff CD, Fligor BJ, Arehart KH. Self-report and long-term field measures of MP3 player use: how accurate is self-report? International Journal of Audiology, 2013; 52 Suppl 1:S33-40.
Fligor BJ, Levey S, Levey T. Cultural and Demographic Factors Influencing Noise Exposure Estimates from Use of Portable Listening Devices in an Urban Environment. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research. 2014;57(4):1535-47.
R. Neitzel, B. Fligor. Determination of Risk of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss due to Recreational Sound: Review. World Health Organization. Feb 2017.
Proceedings of meetings or other non-peer reviewed research publications
Fligor BJ. “Portable” Music and Its Risk to Hearing Health. Hearing Review 13(3) March 2006: 68-72.
Portnuff CDF & Fligor BJ (2006) Sound output levels of the iPod and other MP3 players: Is there potential risk to hearing? Paper presented at the NIHL in Children Meeting, Cincinnati, OH. Brief report available at http://nhca.affiniscape.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=112
Fligor BJ & Ives TE (2006). Does headphone type affect risk for recreational noise-induced hearing loss? Paper presented at the NIHL in Children Meeting, Cincinnati, OH. Brief report available at http://nhca.affiniscape.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=112
Fligor BJ. Hearing loss and iPods: What happens when you turn them to 11? Page Ten, The Hearing Journal 60(10) October 2007: 10-16.
Weiner J, Kreisman BM, Fligor BJ. If I can hear their headphones, it’s too loud, right? Audiology Today 21(3), 2009: 44-51.
Fligor BJ & Wartinger F. Musicians’ Hearing Program. Audiology Today 23(3), 2011: 30-39.
Reviews, chapters, monographs, and editorials
Fligor BJ. Do Headphones Cause Hearing Loss? In Hearing Loss in Musicians: Prevention and Management, Ed. Marshall Chasin. Plural Publishing, San Diego, CA. 2009.
Fligor BJ. The Assessment of Hearing and Middle-Ear Function in Children. In Pediatric Otolaryngology, 5th Edition. Ed. Charles Bluestone. People’s Medical Publishing House, Opalaka, FL. 2013.
Fligor BJ. The Effect of Hearing Loss on Language. In Introduction to Language Development, Eds. Sandra Levey and Stephen Cavallo. Plural Publishing, San Diego, CA. 2013.
Fligor BJ. Pediatric Audiology. In Pediatric Otolaryngology, Principles and Pathyways, 2nd Edition. Eds. Ralph Whetmore, Harlan Muntz, and Trevor McGill. Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., New York, NY. 2014.
Fligor B, Chasin M, Neitzel R. Noise Exposure. In Handbook of Clinical Audiology, 7th Edition: Eds. Jack Katz, Marshall Chasin, Robert Burkhard, and Linda Hood. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA. 2014.
General Audience Books
Understanding Childhood Hearing Loss: Whole Family Approaches to Living and Thriving (October 2015). Rowman and Littlefield, Publishers (Baltimore, MD). ISBN-10 1442226668
Dr. Fligor’s Research on hearing loss risk from headphones, Dec 2004: