Sharon A. Sandridge, PhD, CCC-A, is Director, Audiology Clinical Services; Co-Director, Audiology Research Lab and Tinnitus Management Center; and Coordinator of Student Externships at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Sharon received a bachelor and master of arts from University of Akron and a doctorate in philosophy (PhD) in audiology from the University of Florida. Prior to her position at the Cleveland Clinic, she was a Research Associate at City University of New York – Graduate Center in New York and served on the faculty at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
Her primary clinical and research interests are amplification, tinnitus, electrophysiology, and, most recently, hearing loss prevention (HLP) and precepting AuD externs (more than 130 fourth-year students since 2005). She has co-authored more than 60 articles and book chapters, and she has made more than 300 referred or invited presentations (national and international). Two of her articles have received special recognition: a 1999 ASHA Journals Editor’s Award for her article in the American Journal of Audiology and a 2012 Editor’s Award for Outstanding Publications (for an article in Ear and Hearing). Sharon was recognized as Ohio Outstanding Researcher by the Ohio Academy of Audiology in 2008, received the Cleveland Clinic Health Sciences Educator Award in 2016 and became an ASHA Fellow in 2018.
Sharon has been active in a number of professional organizations, including serving as the 2007 AudiologyNOW Program Chair and as the 2018 ASHA Convention Co-Chair (Audiology); being on numerous committees as member and Chair; and serving as a reviewer for multiple journals, including her role as Associate Editor for the American Journal of Audiology. She also serves (and has served in the past) as a reviewer for the Veterans Affairs Merit Board and other federal agencies. One of her professional highlights, however, was the creation of DiscovEARy Zone (DZ), an interactive hearing loss prevention (HLP) program for consumers. She served as Chair of the DZ from 2007 to 2016 for which she received the American Academy of Audiology Presidential Award for her work on this program in 2012. She continues to spread the HLP message by serving on Dangerous Decibels (DD) faculty and delivering the DD program to schools in Northeast Ohio.
Sharon balances her professional life as a wife, mother, and grandmother to three beautiful granddaughters!