By Douglas Beck, AuD

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend,  Neil DiSarno, PhD, passed away on April 2, 2020. Neil had been bravely battling cancer for a long time.  Neil served as ASHA’s Chief Staff Officer for Audiology since August 2012. 

Dr DiSarno chats explains hearing loss and amplification to Matt Lauer on the Today Show on May 28, 2014.

I met Neil decades ago while he was Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University (MSU). Dr DiSarno had a keen interest in the AuD movement, and his personal guidance and counsel were always thought-provoking and well-reasoned. While at MSU, he developed and taught classes in practice management, pediatric audiology, auditory electrophysiology, sign language, and he was a total joy to work with.

Above all else, Neil was a genuinely kind person, always gracious, respectful, thoughtful and forthright, and always with a smile.  Per Neil’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service. 

— Douglas L. Beck AuD

Douglas Beck, AuD, is VP of Academic Sciences at Oticon Inc and serves as Senior Editor of Research for Hearing Review’s Inside the Research column.