The Center for Listening Disorders Research

The Center for Listening Disorders Research was founded in 2010 as a New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation. The Center is focused on educational programs on the causes, symptoms and effects of dysfunctional listening in schools, the workplace and interpersonal relationships.

Listening is a complex series of processes that begins with hearing sounds and ends with contextual understanding of the verbal message. As with any set of complex processes, there are barriers that can affect each step of the process. These barriers generate cumulative, cascading misunderstanding.

Dysfunctional listening can be caused by physiological issues (e.g., hearing loss), neurological issues (e.g., auditory or language processing disorders), psychological issues (e.g., ego, excessive self-talk) or external factors (e.g., noise, speaker issues). The Center’s programs are geared not only these specific areas but how they interact together to form a cascading degeneration of understanding.

Educational Programs:
Central to The Center’s focus is providing RoundTable discussions and Workshops to help people understand the complex nature of listening, what issues can negatively affect understanding, and how to both listen more effectively and speak so that people who have listening disorders can better understand the words you are saying. See our Program Offering page for more details.

Coaching Programs:
The Center has developed a program entitled Adaptive Communications Strategies to assist families and corporate workgroups communicate better – especially if one or more people in the group have a listening disorder.

Additionally, The Center has developed a Listening Rehabilitation program for people who find that they cannot adapt to using their hearing aids. Research has shown that a high percentage of new hearing aid users ‘toss’ their aids because they cannot get used to them. No wonder… over the years their brains have learned (and developed neural pathways) to understand words distorted by their specific hearing loss. All of this changes within seconds after inserting the hearing aids in their ears. It isn’t that people cannot get used to the aides, it is that they cannot get used to the enhanced sounds that they aide’s provide. A Listening Rehabilitation program can assist in the transition.

Alan R. Ehrlich


Alan R. Ehrlich CLP has lectured and conducted workshops on various aspects of effective listening at colleges and corporations across the country. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as entrepreneurial start-ups to help them maximize their marketing and management opportunities through effective listening.

For the past decade, Mr. Ehrlich has focused on the issues of dysfunctional listening and its effects on learning and communication – on both sides of life’s time line – early childhood and the aging population.

Mr. Ehrlich is a Certified Listening Professional and served as the 2012-2013 President of the International Listening Association. He has presented at a number of ILA International and Regional Conferences.

He founded the Center in 2010 to promote an understanding of dysfunctional listening through educational programs and develop a counseling program to aid people with listening disorders, their friend, families and co-workers.

Mr. Ehrlich is a member of the International Listening Association, IEEE, and the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators.