Sara Misurelli

Position title: Assistant Scientist


Waisman Center, Room 565
1500 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705

Sara Misurelli is currently an assistant scientist in the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Sara received both her BA (2008) and PhD (2014) from UW-Madison, and is currently completing a doctorate in clinical audiology (AuD, expected May 2019), also from UW-Madison. After completing her PhD in 2014, Sara served as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UW-Madison where she taught several courses, including Introduction to Audiology, Aural Rehabilitation, Phonology, Hearing Science, and Implantable Auditory Prostheses. As a member of Dr. Litovsky’s Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab, Sara currently focuses on the following:

  1. The role of executive function in individuals with and without hearing loss.
  2. The relationship between subjective measures and standard audiometric assessments in individuals with hearing loss.
  3. Auditory attention in children and aging adults.
  4. Development of complex auditory skills in children with normal hearing.
  5. Clinical applications for children with listening devices that aim to improve listening ability in complex auditory environments.


  1. Misurelli, SM, Burg, E, Kan, A, Goupell, MJ, Jocewicz, R, and Litovsky, RY (submitted to J. Acoust. Soc. Am.). The impact of auditory attention on unmasking in children with bilateral cochlear implants and with normal hearing.
  2. Hess, CL, Misurelli, SM, Litovsky, RY (in revision, Trends and Hearing). Spatial release from masking in 2-year olds with normal hearing and with bilateral cochlear implants.
  3. Litovsky, RY and Misurelli, SM (2016). Does bilateral experience lead to improved spatial unmasking of speech in children who use bilateral cochlear implants? Otol. Neurotol. 37(2), e35-e42.
  4. Misurelli, SM and Litovsky, RY (2015). Spatial release from masking in children with bilateral cochlear implants and with normal hearing: Effect of target-interferer similarity. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 138, 319-331.
  5. Misurelli, SM and Litovsky, RY (2012). Spatial release from masking in children with normal hearing and with bilateral cochlear implants: effect of interferer asymmetry. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 132, 380-91.
  6. Litovsky, RY, Goupell, MJ, Godar, SP, Greico-Calub, T, Jones, GL, Agrawal, S, Kan, A, Todd, AE, Hess, CL, and Misurelli, SM (2012). Studies on bilateral cochlear implants at the University of Wisconsin’s binaural hearing and speech lab. J. Am. Acad. Aud. 23, 476-94.


Litovsky, RY, Goupell, MJ, Misurelli, SM, and Kan, A. (2017) Chapter 10: Hearing with cochlear implants and hearing aids in complex auditory scenes. The Auditory System at the Cocktail Party. Springer Handbook of Auditory Research.