The purpose of the Hearing Department is to provide quality audiological and educational support services to students, families and schools in Northwest AEA. The department provides audiology services for infants, preschoolers and school-age children. Itinerant teaching services are available for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Public schools are mandated by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to provide the following services:
- coordinate hearing screening programs
- provide community awareness about hearing
- conduct comprehensive hearing evaluations
- provide management for hearing aids and other assistive devices
- provide medical and community referrals
- assist in program placement
- provide therapy in the areas of speech reading, listening and hearing aid care
- participate in multidisciplinary team meetings
- counsel families about effects of hearing loss
- provide training to staff
- educate about noise pollution


Cindy Baird
Regional Facilitator & Hearing/Vision/OT/PT Supervisor
800/352-9040 Ext. 6021


To schedule a hearing appointment:

Sioux City

Sioux Center


712/225-2568 ext 3210

Le Mars
712/546-4192 ext 3110

712/433-2071 ext 3510