Education and early career:
Dr. Laurie DeWine has worked as an Audiologist serving deaf and hearing-impaired children and adults since 1979. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Cincinnati in 1977. She graduated from the Ohio State University with her Masters of Arts degree in Audiology in 1979. She performed diagnostic hearing evaluations and special testing for Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physicians from 1979 to 1985 in Dayton, Ohio. She became certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA) in 1980. She moved to Cincinnati in 1985 and worked in Northern Kentucky for Head and Neck Surgery Associates and Certified Hearing Aid Consultants.
Working in Western Hills:
Dr. DeWine started working in the Western Hills area of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1990 when she began working with Cincinnati ENT Specialists. She managed Western Hills Hearing Center from 1990 to 2004.
The Place for Better Hearing:
The receptionist for Western Hills Hearing Center, Diane Blazer, joined Laurie in 2004 to open The Place for Better Hearing. Laurie decided to pursue a doctoral degree in Audiology to increase her knowledge base to better serve her patients. She graduated from A.T. Still University's Arizona School of Health Sciences in March of 2008 with her Doctor of Audiology degree. Dr. DeWine continues to learn about the ever changing field of audiology and the latest hearing aid technology while raising competitive miniature dachshunds at her home in Western Hills.
Laurie founded the Northern Kentucky Group of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) in 1986. She often spoke at monthly meetings and found guest speakers for meetings, while introducing hearing-impaired people and their families to the support system provided by the national organization of S.H.H.H. She learned about The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), wrote articles for professional journals, and spoke at several state, local, and national Audiology conferences, as well as meetings for people with disabilities. She educated fellow Audiologists and people with hearing loss about their rights under the ADA. Dr. DeWine volunteers annually at the Deaf Kids Health Fair, Bayley Place, St. Ignatius School, and Oak Hills Community Education classes teaching people about hearing loss, hearing aids, tinnitus, and more. She is passionate about educating children and teens about preventing noise-induced hearing loss.