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Hearing Screenings and Audiological Evaluations: An Introduction

This one-hour webinar is designed to provide introductory information on hearing screenings and audiological evaluations, when they are needed, and how they differ.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the difference between a hearing screening and an audiological evaluation.
  • Differentiate when a learner should have a hearing screening vs an audiological evaluation.
  • Identify where and when to report findings of screenings and evaluations.
Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour


  • Christine Croyle, Ed.D., Program Director of the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI. Christine provides leadership to that team as they work to build capacity at the local level for learners who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired. Christine has served as a school administrator for Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities and as a speech language pathologist at The Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB). She has presented at state, national, and international conferences on topics including leading inclusive models of education, instructional strategies, and designing spaces with accessibility in mind. 
  • Megan Flowers, M.Ed., Ohio Department of Education. Megan has been in the Office for Exceptional Children at the Ohio Department of Education over two years providing technical assistance and professional development to districts throughout Ohio. Megan is certified as a K-12 Moderate to Intensive Special Education Intervention Specialist with a Reading Endorsement and a PreK-6 Principal. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from The University of Cincinnati. She has over 15 years of experience working with students with disabilities, specifically students that have orthopedic impairments, multiple disabilities, sensory disabilities, are medically fragile and have complex communication needs. Megan has spent most of her life in central Ohio and enjoys continuing use of her sign language skills through community courses.
  • Melissa Herrick, M.A. Ohio Department of Health. Melissa received her master’s degree in Audiology from The Ohio State University in 1999.  Melissa has served as PH Audiologist at the Ohio Department of Health for the Children’s Hearing Screening Program and the Ohio Hearing Aid Assistance Program for almost 15 years.  She has also worked the past 18 years on weekends testing Newborns at Mount Carmel Hospital. 
  • Mandi Hinton, Au.D., Ohio School for the Deaf and Ohio State School for the Blind. Mandi is an audiologist at OSSB and OSD. She provides educational evaluations for deaf and hard of hearing, deafblind, and blind or visually impaired students through Statewide Services and Outreach and often travels across the state to administer Functional Listening Evaluations. Dr. Hinton has a special focus on evaluating and serving students with complex learning needs.
  • Alison B. LaBarre, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for the Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB) and Ohio School for the Deaf (OSD). Dr. LaBarre also leads the Statewide Services team who provides assessments and consultation for learners who are blind/visually impaired or deaf/hard of hearing. She has presented at state and national conferences on topics related to middle level education and the educational needs of the exceptional child.
  • Doug Sturgeon, Ed.D., Shawnee State University. Doug was granted a doctorate from Marshall University with a major in Educational Administration and a minor in Preschool Special Needs. He currently is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education at Shawnee State University. Doug Sturgeon has extensive experience in education. He has 17 years of Preschool to Grade 12 special education teaching experience. Doug is currently licensed in Hearing Impaired PK-Adult, Learning Disabilities PK-Adult, Alternative Education, Principal, Supervisor, Director, and Superintendent along with Social Studies 7-12. He has trained as a trainer in Safety Care behavior intervention and facilitated and mediated IEP. His research interests include history of education, Ohio Valley history, and textbook history.

Various organizations have approved modules and webinars in the Learning Hub for continuing education credit.


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