Dr Neil Sperling - NYC Ear Surgeon - NY Otolaryngology Group

Dr. Neil Sperling specializes in surgery for hearing restoration. He is dedicated to providing expert hearing healthcare.  This begins with personized and precise identification of the cause of hearing loss, followed by facilitating an optimal solution. Hearing restoration surgery, implanted hearing devices and advanced hearing technologies are considered in an effort to find an optimal solution for each individual.

Dr. Sperling is the Medical Director of Hearing Healthcare and Technologies for the Department of Otolaryngology at Lenox Hill Hospital. He is the past president of the New York Otological Society. He served as the Director of Otology (Ear Surgery) at SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine from 1991-2010, and served on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College from 2015 – 2019. Dr. Sperling is on the international teaching faculty at the Causse Ear Hospital in France, one of the most innovative and experienced centers in the world for treatment of Otosclerosis with Stapedectomy/Stapedotomy surgery.

Dr. Sperling graduated with honors from New York Medical College. He completed his post-graduate residency in Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and a Fellowship in Otologic surgery and research at the Minnesota Ear Clinic and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Dr. Sperling is the author of numerous medical publications and has edited several textbooks. He has been elected to the New York Otological Society, a group of New York ear experts. He has served on local and national committees including the committee on applicants for the American College of Surgeons, and the implantable devices sub-committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He has been in practice since 1991.

Dr. Sperling’s textbook on Otosclerosis:


NYOG proudly announces the publication of a new textbook by Dr. Neil Sperling.
Otosclerosis: Diagnosis, Evaluation, Pathology, Surgical Techniques, and Outcomes
by Chris de Souza, Marcos V. Goycoolea, Neil M. Sperling


Routine Miracles book“If you want a physician of intensely high skill who can operate through a keyhole slit a few millimeters across and replace the minute ossicles of the ear with titanium parts, then you go see Dr Sperling.” p. 132

In the words of the author Dr. Conrad Fischer: “His patients call Dr. Sperling a miracle worker. I interviewed a dozen of them, and far more than one, even the calmest among them, say the same thing in the same words.” p. 132

With respect to otosclerosis surgery, one patient is quoted in the book as follows:  “…in an hour, fifteen years of misery were stopped. I came off the table, and my life was restored back to me. It was instantaneous. I went into the hospital cut off and separate….I left the hospital on the same day happy. I felt like I rejoined the world, but I guess it is better to say that world rejoined me.”  p.137

“…  I gave away my hearing aids.”  p. 137

Another patient who underwent hearing restoration surgery for congenital hearing loss surgery is quoted: “When I came off the table, I could hear everything. It is like living your whole life thinking there was only one dimension, then you find out all of a sudden there are three dimensions that everyone knew about but you did not. In an instant, my entire concept of normal changed.” p.142


Dr. Sperling’s Awards

Neil Sperling Top Doctors 2024

Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2021













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Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2021



Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2020

Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2020


America's Most Honored Doctor 2020

America’s Most Honored Doctor 2020


America's Most Honored Professional 2019

America’s Most Honored Professional 2019


Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2019

Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2019


Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2018

Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2017


Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016 NYC

Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2016



Dr. Neil Sperling has been selected by Castle Connolly as one of New York Metro Area’s Top Doctors in 1997, 1999, 2001-2020



Dr. Neil Sperling has been selected by Castle Connolly as a New York Metro Area Top Doctor in 1997, 1999, 2001—2016


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Dr. Sperling has been selected to New York Super Doctor for 2008—2020.

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Selected by New York Magazine Best Doctors in NY: 2007, 2008, 2016

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society


Lectures and Podcasts

  • Invited Panel Member: Revision Stapedectomy Expert panel discussion. LION International Virtual Otology Conference. May 18 – 19, 2020
  • Life Lessons from Ear Surgery. Invited Speaker. George Washington University Department of Otolaryngology Grand Rounds. November 9, 2020.
  • Middle Ear Anatomy and Ossicular Reconstruction. Resident Temporal Bone Training Course. Northwell Otolaryngology Resident Training August 17, 2020
  • Becoming a Hearing Healthcare Advocate. The pivotal role of the otolaryngologist and audiologist. Invited speaker. SUNY-Downstate Department of Otolaryngology Grand Rounds. October 3, 2019
  • Totally Implantable Auditory Devices. Invited Speaker. Implantable Auditory Devices Update 2019. University Club of New York. New York, NY. March 30, 2019

Dr. Sperling’s Radio Interviews:

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“Ear Wars: Tinnitus” on WNYC radio:

Ear Wars Tinnitus Lecture

“The How of Hearing Loops” on WNYC radio:

Looped in to Listening Lecture


Dr. Sperling’s Publications

Download Dr. Sperling’s PDF brochure developed for Stapedotomy surgery patients

List of Dr. Sperling’s Lectures and Podcasts

Download:  Surgery for Hearing Restoration, by Dr. Neil Sperling

Neil Sperling best doctor award

Voted into ‘Best Doctors’ in America: 2003 – 2014

Neil Sperling best doctor award

Selected to New York’s Top Doctors: 1997, 1999, 2001 – 2012

Neil Sperling best doctor award

Selected by New York Magazine Best Doctors in NY: 2007, 2008
Selected to New York Super Doctors: 2008 – 2013


Learn more about Dr. Mark D’Aprile, NYOG Audiologist

Learn more about Dr. Scott Yerdon, NYOG Audiologist

New York Head & Neck Institute Implantable Auditory Devices 2019 conferenceDr. Neil Sperling spoke at the New York Head & Neck Institute Implantable Auditory Devices 2019 conference. It was held on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at The University Club of New York, One West 54th Street in NY.

Dr. Sperling spoke on Non-Implantable: Deep Canal Hearing Devices: Earlens and Totally IAD: Is the Technology Reliable? You can find more information in the brochure below.

Implantable Auditory Devices 2019- Brochure