ABOUT

Hear Indiana

WHAT WE DO

We believe kids with hearing loss can do anything. That’s why we partner with parents to make that dream a reality. For nearly fifty years, Hear Indiana has empowered and supported families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing through listening and spoken language services. Walking alongside Hoosier parents and children, we provide the information, education, advocacy, and hope you need to move your child from striving to thriving.

  • MISSION

  • VISION

  • HISTORY

To create equal opportunities for children with hearing loss through Listening and Spoken Language.

Deaf and hard of hearing children will achieve their aspirations and thrive in their communities.

During the Rubella epidemic that quadrupled the number of children born with hearing loss in the 1960s, ten families gathered together in Muncie, Indiana to lay the foundation that would become Hear Indiana. At that time, it was common practice that all children with hearing loss over 80dB were institutionalized. But, the founding members of Hear Indiana disagreed with that tenet and decided their children could—and would—benefit from mainstream education.

Since then, Hear Indiana has worked tirelessly to educate parents, lobby at the Statehouse, provide equal access to the latest and greatest therapies, advocate, and give thousands of children the opportunity to hear.

Hear Indiana
NAOMI HORTON

NAOMI HORTON

MS, CCC-SLP
CEO
KAREN SOWDER

KAREN SOWDER

CPPM
COO, HAAPI Administrator
SALLI BETZ

SALLI BETZ

Finance Director
KALEIGH CALISTO

KALEIGH CALISTO

MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Camp Co-Director
ABBI DEFORD

ABBI DEFORD

Patient Care Coordinator & HAAPI Administrator
LAUREN GOWDY

LAUREN GOWDY

AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA
Pediatric Audiologist
GABRIELLA MAYER

GABRIELLA MAYER

AuD, CCC-A
Pediatric Audiologist, HAAPI Administrator
KELLY HULTMAN

KELLY HULTMAN

MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
ELLYN MCCALL

ELLYN MCCALL

MA, LSLS Cert. AVT
Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Auditory Based Deaf Educator & Family Community Liaison, HAAPI Administrator, Camp Co-Director, Conference Director
JUSTIN ALLEN

JUSTIN ALLEN

Board Chair
Ogletree Deakins
MARK DROESE

MARK DROESE

Board Member
Eight Eleven Group
JONATHAN EHLKE

JONATHAN EHLKE

Board Member
Gratus Development, LLC
ZUBIN FERZANDI

ZUBIN FERZANDI

Board Member
TODD HARGREAVES

TODD HARGREAVES

Treasurer
Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis
GRANT KREVDA

GRANT KREVDA

Board Member
Bingham, Greenebaum, Doll, LLP
Heidi Neuburger

Heidi Neuburger

Board Member
Retired
Laura Sogard

Laura Sogard

Board Member
Kevin Stitle

Kevin Stitle

Board Member
SKK Investments, LLC
Damon Strickland

Damon Strickland

Vice Chair
Eli Lilly & Company
Kyle Tierney

Kyle Tierney

Secretary
ACES Power Marketing, LLC
Charles Yates

Charles Yates

Past Chair
IU Health Riley Hospital
Hear Indiana

FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

Hear Indiana is committed to handling all donations with the utmost integrity. A complete copy of our annual report is available for review.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE: IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT OUR SERVICES

03-20-2020

The situation is fluid, please follow us on social media for the most up-to-date information.

Dear Consumers and Families,

The daily news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been very important to Hear Indiana. We remain concerned about the health and safety of our staff, patients, and outside guests.

Hear Indiana has limited all visitors. We are not holding any meetings in the building, and we are cancelling Hear INcouragement night and postponing any events through the end of April, though this could be extended. This includes postponing the Amplifier Awards originally scheduled for 4/21. Please stay tuned for updated event information in the future!

In terms of the Speech and Hearing Resource Center services, we are following guidance from the CDC and Easterseals Crossroads. At this point, Easterseals Crossroads and our office are open and operating as normal with the following exceptions:

  • Hear Indiana will only be seeing patients on Mondays and Thursdays until further notice. Patients will be contacted to reschedule appointments as needed. Providers will be available to answer questions and troubleshoot devices during normal business hours.
  • Easterseals is utilizing temporal thermometers to check temperatures of all individuals enter the building.
  • Easterseals has limited visitors in the building by closing meeting spaces, suspending events, cancelling volunteers and guests other than staff and patients.
  • Hear Indiana and Easterseals staff have been frequently cleaning and disinfecting all areas and equipment including computers, toys and therapy items that are commonly used. In addition, we have removed all but a few toys from the waiting room and treatment spaces.
  • Hear Indiana is encouraging staff to stay home if they show signs of illness or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • Hear Indiana will be asking screening questions during appointment reminders and upon entrance into our office.

We are strongly encouraging families to only bring the patient and one parent to an appointment. We also encourage you to stay home if you or a family member is sick or if you are uncomfortable keeping an appointment. Please call us and we will reschedule your appointment.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any questions about your child’s upcoming appointment, issues with devices, questions about telehealth services (e.g., teletherapy) or the measures we have taken to keep our facilities, staff, and families healthy.

May you be well,
Hear Indiana Staff

ps) One of our core values is INNOVATION. Please stay tuned for ways that we will continue to help deaf and hard of hearing children remotely through this time.