Meet CSD alumna Sara Neumann
Sara Neumann, Au.D. ’12, has been the audiology clinic coordinator, audiologist, and a deaf education consultant at Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for six years.
Neumann specializes in pediatric audiology and cochlear implants for children and adults. She has a particular interest in difficult cases and providing second opinions for these patients and has a special interest in clinic efficiency using streamlined protocols and properly trained audiology assistants to improve and expand support services for patients. Neumann has a B.S. in deaf education from Northern Illinois University and worked as a teacher of the deaf in a self-contained total communication program in Moline for five years and one year as an itinerant teacher in Ohio. She returned to school to obtain her Doctorate of Audiology from Illinois State.
Neumann is actively involved in research at Hearts for Hearing, serving as primary investigator there in a multisite study that looks at the incidence of Long QT syndrome in children with unilateral or bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.
She is a co-investigator on two cochlear implant focused studies. Recently, she co-authored an article on hearing aid and CI counseling in Audiology Practices and has delivered presentations at the American Cochlear Implant Alliance Conferences.
Neumann travels to Vietnam to volunteer with the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss, teaching the Vietnamese people how to diagnose and treat hearing loss in their pediatric population, and will present at the International Cochlear Implant conference in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2018.
Neumann reports that she benefited greatly from instruction and clinical experiences offered at Illinois State. She has a heart for clinical instruction and enjoys working with Au.D. and speech-language pathology students to further develop their skills in providing services for children with hearing loss using listening and spoken language, returning to Illinois State every September to speak with Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders students.
“ISU provided excellent training and supervision as well as many opportunities to complete off-site placements with top-notch programs in the area,” Neumann said.