From Staten Island Ferry: S78 Bus towards RICHMOND AVE to HYLAN BLVD / OTIS AVE stop.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Friday 9:00AM – 3:00PM
General Ear, Nose and Throat
Nasal and Sinus Conditions
Sleep Disordered Breathing
Hearing Loss and Ear Disease
Neil Sperling, MD
Robert Pincus, MD
Sheila Apicella, MD
Office Manager: Carmen Bracero
Staten Island Directions to NYOG
Our Staten Island office is located on Hylan Blvd., between Otis Avenue & Locust Avenue
We are located about 5 miles from the Verrazano Bridge.
Traveling by Mass Transit
NYC. Either the 4,5,6 trains to Bowling Green or the 1 train to South Ferry. Take the Staten Island Ferry, about a 30 min commute. Transfer to the S78 and get off at the Hylan Blvd. / Otis Avenue stop.
NJ. Take the Hudson-Bergen light rail from Hoboken or Jersey City to the 8th Street station in Bayonne, NJ. Take the 81 and get off at the 1st Street at Avenue C stop. Walk South for approximately 10 minutes to Park Avenue / Richmond Terrace and take the S53 towards Bayridge. Get off at the Clove Road / Rhine Avenue stop and walk over to Richmond Road/ Narrows Road South and get on the S76 towards Oakwood Mill Road. Get off at the New Dorp Lane / Clawson Street stop and walk East on New Dorp Lane. Turn left on Hylan Blvd and walk towards Locust Avenue / Otis Avenue.
Traveling by Car
NYC. I278 West/South over the Verrazano Bridge. Take Exit 15S toward South Beach and merge onto Lily Pond Avenue which becomes Father Capodanno Blvd. Turn right onto Lincoln Avenue and then make a left onto Hylan Blvd.
NJ. I278 East over Goethals Bridge. Take Exit 15 toward South Beach. Turn Right onto Lily Pond Avenue which becomes Father Capodanno Blvd. Turn right onto Lincoln Avenue and then make a left onto Hylan Blvd.
If you are looking for a hearing aid that offers a full spectrum of sound, the Earlens Hearing Aid can activate your natural hearing system by using light. With its broad audible frequency range, you can now experience crisp highs and full lows by using the world’s only light-driven hearing aid.
Dr. Neil Sperling and the team at the New York Hearing Center want what’s best for you and your ears, which is why we proudly offer this hearing aid to our patients.
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Provides rich and natural sound
Has the broadest audible frequency range on the current market
Features noise reduction technology to minimize whistling
Automatically adjusts to your listening environment
Offers 20 channels
Offers four customizable programs
Features automatic volume learning
Uses rechargeable batteries that can be recharged wirelessly in 4 hours
How Does It Work?
While other conventional hearing aids use a speaker to amplify sounds, the Earlens Hearing Aid goes about it in an entirely new way. This hearing aid features a behind-the-ear processor that receives the sound and transfers it to the in-ear light tip. The in-ear light tip then converts sound to light, which is then transferred to the lens, activating your natural hearing system.
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Kendall Shaw, Au.D.
Dr Kendall Shaw graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in communication sciences and disorders from James Madison University in Virginia. She then earned her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Dr Kendall Shaw is a NY State licensed audiologist at the New York Otolaryngology Group with two locations in NYC and one location in Staten Island.
Dr. Shaw completed her fourth-year residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where she focused on a variety of diagnostic testing for adults and pediatric populations and led the program for newborn hearing screenings in the well baby nursery and NICU. She most recently practiced at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute during which she gained extensive experience in vestibular/balance testing, complete audiological evaluations, and hearing aid selection, fitting, and verification. Dr. Shaw is currently a licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser in the State of New York.
Rachel Marcus, Au.D./CCC-A/FAAA
Dr Rachel Marcus is a NY State licensed audiologist at the New York Otolaryngology Group with two locations in NYC and one location in Staten Island.
Dr Rachel Marcus received her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from The Graduate Center; City University of New York (CUNY) in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University in 2004. She completed her residency at The Ear Center of Greensboro in Greensboro, NC. She is a New York State licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser. Dr. Marcus is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA) and currently holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).
Dr. Marcus has worked in both hospital and private practice settings, performing audiological testing including Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) on patients of all ages. She is also experienced in hearing aid services (evaluations, fittings, and adjustments) for all types of devices: hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA, Ponto, Soundbite), and alternative implantable hearing devices (Maxum™; Esteem®). Dr. Marcus is fluent in Spanish.
Her interests include unilateral hearing loss, congenital conductive hearing losses (microtia and atresia), technologically advanced hearing aids, and assistive listening devices.
Dr Scott Yerdon, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr Scott Yerdon is a NY State licensed audiologist at the New York Otolaryngology Group with two locations in NYC and one location in Staten Island.
Dr Scott Yerdon graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He went on to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Audiology and a Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Yerdon completed doctoral internships in an audiology practice in northern Virginia and the The River School, a model program serving children with hearing loss in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He finished his training with his residency at Columbia University Medical Center in 2012.
Before starting at New York Otolaryngology, Dr. Yerdon worked at several neighborhood medical centers throughout Brooklyn and Queens performing diognostic testing and dispensing hearing aids with adult populations.
Dr. Yerdon’s clinical experience includes performing complete audiological evaluations, hearing aid dispensing and evaluation, and comprehensive aural rehabilitation. Dr. Yerdon is a licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser in the State of New York.
Dr Marc D’Aprile is a NY State licensed audiologist at the New York Otolaryngology Group with two locations in NYC and one location in Staten Island.
Director of Audiology
Dr Marc D’Aprile, Sc.D. received a scientific doctorate in audiology from Seton Hall University in 2004. He completed his audiology residency at the Manhattan, Brooklyn and St.Albans veterans hospitals. Dr.D’Aprile then went on to work at a major hearing aid manufacturer, where he furthered his knowledge in audiology and advanced hearing aid technology. More recently, Dr. D’Aprile served as Assistant Professor of Audiology at Columbia University.
He is a fellow of the American Speech-language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a current holder of a Certificate of Clinical Competence in audiology (CCC-A), a NY state licensed Audiologist, and hearing aid dispenser.Dr. D’Aprile’s main areas of interest and expertise lie in the fitting and dispensing of state-of-the-art hearing aids, tinnitus management and custom hearing protection. His knowledge base has been maintained through regular attendance in continuing education seminars, national and state conventions, and through the direction of scholarly literature.
Dr Marc D’Aprile is committed to the success of each patient, which is achieved through the most up-to-date evidence based care. In addition, each of Dr. D’Aprile’s patients are provided custom aural rehabilitation plans which further their understanding of hearing loss and better helps in the acceptance of amplification devices.
Painful ear infections are a rite of passage for children—by the age of five, nearly every child has experienced at least one episode. Most ear infections either resolve on their own (viral) or are effectively treated by antibiotics (bacterial). But sometimes ear infections and/or fluid in the middle ear may become a chronic problem leading to other issues, such as hearing loss, or behavior and speech problems. In these cases, ear tube surgery (insertion of an ear tube) may be considered. The doctors and ear surgeons at the New York Otolaryngology group diagnose and treat these conditions at the two NYC locations and the Staten Island, NY location.
What are ear tubes?
Ear tubes are tiny cylinders placed through the ear drum (tympanic membrane) to allow air into the middle ear. They also may be called:
myringotomy tubesventilation tubes
PE (pressure equalization) tubes
These tubes can be made out of various materials and may have a coating intended to reduce the possibility of infection. There are two basic types of ear tubes: short-term and long-term. Short- term tubes are smaller and typically stay in place for six months to a year before falling out on their own. Long-term tubes are larger and have flanges that secure them in place for a longer period of time. Long-term tubes may fall out on their own, but removal by an otolaryngologist may be necessary.
Who needs ear tubes and why?
Ear tubes are often recommended when a person experiences repeated middle ear infection (acute otitis media) or has hearing loss caused by the persistent presence of middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion). These conditions most commonly occur in children, but can also be present in teens and adults and can lead to speech and balance problems, hearing loss, or changes in the structure of the ear drum. Other less common conditions that may warrant the placement of ear tubes are malformation of the ear drum or eustachian tube, Down Syndrome, cleft palate, and barotrauma (injury to the middle ear caused by a reduction of air pressure, usually seen with altitude changes as in flying and scuba diving).
Each year, more than half a million ear tube surgeries are performed on children, making it the most common childhood surgery performed with anesthesia. The average age for ear tube insertion is one to three years old. Inserting ear tubes may:
Reduce the risk of future ear infection;
Restore hearing loss caused by middle ear fluid;
Improve speech problems and balance problems; and
Improve behavior and sleep problems caused by chronic ear infections.
How are ear tubes inserted in the ear?
Ear tubes are inserted through an outpatient surgical procedure called a myringotomy. A myringotomy refers to an incision (small hole) in the ear drum or tympanic membrane. This is most often done under a surgical microscope with a small scalpel, but it can also be accomplished with a laser. If an ear tube is not inserted, the hole would heal and close within a few days. To prevent this, an ear tube is placed in the hole to keep it open and allow air to reach the middle ear space (ventilation).
What happens during Ear Tube Surgery?
A general anesthetic is administered for young children. Some older children and adults may be able to tolerate the procedure without anesthetic. A myringotomy is performed and the fluid behind the ear drum (in the middle ear space) is suctioned out. The ear tube is then placed in the hole. Ear drops may be administered after the ear tube is placed and may be prescribed for a few days. The procedure usually lasts less than 15 minutes and patients awaken quickly.
Sometimes the otolaryngologist will recommend removal of the adenoid tissue (lymph tissue located in the upper airway behind the nose) when ear tubes are placed. This is often considered when a second or third tube insertion is necessary. Current research indicates that removing adenoid tissue concurrent with placement of ear tubes can reduce the risk of recurrent ear infections and the need for repeat surgery.
What happens after Ear Tube Surgery?
After surgery, the patient is monitored in the recovery room and will usually go home within an hour or two if no complications occur. Patients usually experience little or no postoperative pain, but grogginess, irritability, and/or nausea from the anesthesia can occur temporarily.
Hearing loss caused by the presence of middle ear fluid is immediately resolved by surgery..
The otolaryngologist will provide specific postoperative instructions, including when to seek immediate attention and to set follow-up appointments. He or she may also prescribe antibiotic ear drops for a few days. An audiogram should be performed after surgery, if hearing loss is present before the tubes are placed. This test will make sure that hearing has improved with the surgery.
To avoid the possibility of bacteria entering the middle ear through the ventilation tube, physicians may recommend keeping ears dry by using ear plugs or other water-tight devices during bathing, swimming, and water activities. However, recent research suggests that protecting the ear may not be necessary. Parents should consult with the treating physician about ear protection after surgery.
Consultation with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) may be warranted if you or your child has experienced repeated or severe ear infections, ear infections that are not resolved with antibiotics, hearing loss due to fluid in the middle ear, barotrauma, or have an anatomic abnormality that inhibits drainage of the middle ear.
Possible complications of Ear Tube Surgery
Myringotomy with insertion of ear tubes is an extremely common and safe procedure with minimal complications. When complications do occur, they may include:
Perforation—This can happen when a tube comes out or a long-term tube is removed and the hole in the tympanic membrane (ear drum) does not close. The hole can be patched through a surgical procedure called a tympanoplasty or myringoplasty.
Scarring—Any irritation of the ear drum (recurrent ear infections), including repeated insertion of ear tubes, can cause scarring called tympanosclerosis or myringosclerosis. In most cases, this causes no problem with hearing.
Infection—Ear infections can still occur in the middle ear or around the ear tube. However, these infections are usually less frequent, result in less hearing loss, and are easier to treat—often only with ear drops. Sometimes an oral antibiotic is still needed.
Ear tubes come out too early or stay in too long—If an ear tube expels from the ear drum too soon (which is unpredictable), fluid may return and repeat surgery may be needed. Ear tubes that remain too long may result in perforation or may require removal by an otolaryngologist.
Lectures by Dr Neil Sperling
Dr. Neil Sperling is an ear surgeon specializing in surgery for hearing restoration. He is involved in research to improve hearing health care, for patients with otosclerosis and other ear conditions at the New York Otolaryngology Group with two locations in NYC and one location in Staten Island, NY.
Listen to Dr. Sperlings’s interview “Ear Wars: Tinnitus” on WNYC radio:
Listen to Dr. Sperling’s interview “The How of Hearing Loops” on WNYC radio:
PODCAST: Interview with Dr. Sperling
Otosclerosis and Stapes Surgery: Confronting The Challenging Case. Invited Grand Rounds Speaker. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. January 23, 2013
Decision Making in Stapes Surgery. Invited Speaker. Resident Conference. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. November 15, 2012
Decision Making in Stapes Surgery and Tympanic Membrane Retraction. 2nd India ENT Conclave. Delhi, India October, 5 2012, Mumbai, India October 6, 2012
Conductive Hearing Loss. Invited Speaker. Resident Conference. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. October 29, 2009
The Ear Consultant. Invited lecturer. Physicians Assistant Conference. Staten Island University Hospital. October 30, 2009
New Concepts in Middle Ear Reconstruction.
Grand Rounds Speaker. SUNY-Downstate Department of Otolaryngology. Brooklyn, NY September 3, 2009
Tympanic Membrane Retraction: a sensible approach to management and Panel Member, Ossiculoplasty; A World View Panel Discussion. British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology (BACO). July 9-10, 2009. Liverpool, UK
Panel leader and invited speaker, International Otology Course. Causse Ear Clinic. Beziers, France. 2003-2012
Panel leader: “Challenges in Stapes Surgery” XIth International Otology Course. Jean Causse Ear Clinic. Beziers, France. July 4, 2009
Tympanic Membrane Retraction: a sensible approach to management. Invited Speaker. XIth International Otology Course. Jean Causse Ear Clinic. Beziers, France. July 3, 2009
Invited speaker. Institute of Teaching and Research, Sirio-Libanes Hospital. Sao Paulo, Brazil. August-September, 2006
Invited Speaker. 14th meeting of the Brazilian Otologic Society, Goiania, Brazil; August 25 2001
Invited Speaker. International Symposium of Otology. Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. August, 1999.
Invited Speaker. 34th Brazilian Congress of Otolaryngology. Porto Alegre, Brazil. November, 1998
Invited Speaker. 12th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Otology Society. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. November, 1997
Choice of Surgical Approach to the Petrous Apex. Invited Speaker. University of Rio Grande do Sol, Department of Otolaryngology. Porto Alegre, Brazil. November 25, 1997.
Sheila Apicella, MD
Dr Sheila Apicella is Board certified in Head and Neck Surgery. She focuses on minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery, management of sinus disease, head and neck surgery, sleep-disordered breathing, diseases of the ear and pediatric otolaryngology at the New York Otolaryngology Group with two locations in NYC and one location on Staten Island, NY.
Dr Sheila Apicella received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College in New York City. She then earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. After a pre-residency fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in New York, Dr. Apicella continued her post-graduate training at SUNY-Stony Brook. She completed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute (recently ranked one of the top five programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report magazine).
She is an Assistant Attending physician at several New York City hospitals including Beth Israel Medical Center. She is also an Associate Attending at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx where she is involved in the education of students and residents.
Dr. Apicella is member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, The American Medical Association, and the Bronx County Medical Society. She has been repeatedly recognized in the Guide to America’s Top Physicians in the New York Metro area.
Sheila Apicella named a Castle Connolly Top doctor in 2017
Sheila Apicella named a 2017 Top Doctor
Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2016
Dr. Apicella Named Americas Top Physician 2006 – 2014
Sheila Apicella named a Castle Connolly Top doctor in 2014 and 2015
I brought my 3-year-old daughter to see Dr. Apicella for a second opinion regarding surgery. Dr. Apicella was kind, compassionate and spent an unheard of amount of time with me and my daughter (more time than her pediatrician spends with her)! She told us she did not need surgery- what a relief. She gave her medicine to combat reflux and she is feeling 100% better. Best experience and results I’ve had from a doctor in almost 40 years. Highly recommend her!