Dr. Melissa Wheaton Horning AUD, CCC-A, FAAA | Audiology, SouthPark
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Dr. Melissa Horning earned her doctoral degree in Audiology from Syracuse University and completed Bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Humanities and Communication from Hiram College. Dr. Horning fulfilled part of her doctoral training at Boy’s Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska where she studied speech perception abilities of preschool children with hearing loss. During her time at Syracuse she also held an assistantship in the Pediatric Audiology Laboratory and was able to present research findings at national conferences. Prior to joining CEENTA she was employed by an ENT clinic in Northwest Ohio where she provided audiologic care to patients ranging from 1 month to 107 years of age!

Her interest in Audiology stemmed from working with children with disabilities, many of whom had communication disorders. Her clinical interests include pediatric diagnosis and rehabilitation, fitting cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing devices on children and adults, newborn hearing screening and electrophysiologic testing. Dr. Horning’s passion is to improve communication for both the adults and children she works with, whether it is an adult hearing a sound they have not heard in years or a child discovering sound for the first time.

Dr. Horning is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and loves cheering on all Cleveland sports teams. She enjoys living in south Charlotte with her husband and their Wheaten terrier, Barley.

Education & Fellowship

BA Biomedical Humanities, BA Communications, Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, 2009

Clinical Doctorate in Audiology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 2012

University Hospitals Case Medical Center/ Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, 2012

Associations & Memberships

Board Certified by:
- American Speech and Hearing Association, Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology
- NC Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Member of:
- American Academy of Audiology, Fellow


American Academy of Audiology 2014-15 Scholar Award

Community Involvement

Dr. Horning talks about keeping your child's ears and hearing safe during the summer at Charlotte Smarty Pants.


I had a cochlear implant activated last year in my left ear. Dr. Stowell did the implant and my audiologist was Dr. Horning. That nerve had been dormant for about 40 years. I didn’t think they could fix my left ear because the nerve is dead, but they’ve been very good. I give them an A+.
    - Ralph C.
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