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Silent Garden Lecture

2023 Silent Garden Lecture: "Hearing Technology and Tinnitus"

Saturday, February 25, 2023 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Fresno State Campus


Speakers and Presentations

Ethan Emmett CastroEthan Emmett Castro
Hard of Hearing music producer, songwriter, engineer and inventor

Ethan's  Ph.D. dissertation research details his patent-pending audio technology to hear and feel audio in high-fidelity. Ethan serves as Chief Technology Officer of EDGE Sound Research, introducing this technology to various industries.

Presentation: "Embodied Sound for Music Appreciation"

Sonic experiences have become disembodied--embracing purely acoustic pathways--limiting who can engage with content. I propose a method of embodied sound reproduction that engages both hearing and tactile sensations by enhancing the microvibrations that naturally exist when reproducing higher-frequency sounds via vibrotactile and vibroacoustic methods.

Sheri MelloDr. Sheri Mello 
Doctor of Audiology

Also an owner of an established audiology private practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, Sheri sees patients daily who experience hearing loss and tinnitus. As a person who lives with tinnitus herself she can relate to her patients on a personal level.


Presentation: "What is that Noise in my Head?"

What is that noise in my head and where did it come from? Who do I go to for help Is there any cure? These are the questions we will explore the answers to in an informal discussion as well as a formal presentation on the topic of TINNITUS.

Time Agenda
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome Speeches and Remarks:
Denise Seabert - Dean, College of Health and Human Services
Paul W. Ogden - Founder, The Silent Garden 
Russ Kane - Major Donor, The Silent Garden Lecture Series

8:45 - 9:45 a.m. 

Ethan Emmett Castro moderates a panel of four to five hard of hearing individuals

9:45 - 11:45 a.m. 

Keynote Address:
Ethan Emmett Castro delivers his keynote, "Embodied Sound for Music Appreciation" finding ways to allow hard of hearing and Deaf people to more fully enjoy music in his speech, and moderates Q&A session

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Dr. Sheri Mello moderates a panel of four to five individuals with tinnitus

2:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Keynote Address:
Dr. Sheri Mello delivers her keynote speech on tinnitus, "What is That Noise in My Head?" and moderates Q&A session

4:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Closing Ceremony
Paul Ogden (Founder) 


Additional Information

Registration and Fees

  • The Silent Garden Lecture is 100% free for all attendees. 
  • 0.6 CEU units available through RID, BEI, ASHA and Fresno State (generic) for $35. No partial CEUs will be awarded.


  • Sign language interpreting and captioning will be provided.
  • For questions or accommodations, contact Beth Wilkinson at


  • College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State
  • The Silent Garden Education Fund
  • Laurence W. Levine Foundation, Inc.
  • Ethan Emmett Castro Endowment

About the Silent Garden

Supported by the Silent Garden Education Fund through a grant from the Laurence W. Levine Foundation and many other friends of the Silent Garden, the Silent Garden Lectures bring education and awareness to the Central Valley and beyond. The lecture series began in 2013 as a way to foster opportunity, understanding and awareness for the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Through an endowment from The Silent Garden Education Fund, continued support for workshops and other outreach opportunities for alumni, friends, practitioners, educators and family members are made available. Learn about our past lectures.

Learn about our past lectures