Audiology

Hearing loss inhibits the ability to experience sounds around us. It affects your life as well as the lives of those around you. Since 1997, Good Shepherd has provided audiology and hearing aid services for all age groups, ensuring that patients don’t miss out on any of life’s precious moments.

We recognize that seeking assistance with hearing issues can be a daunting task, and we strive to address concerns by building long-term relationships with our patients based on honesty, integrity and respect.

Following a comprehensive hearing evaluation, patients learn how factors such as hearing aid style, size, technology, lifestyle and budget can help determine their specific needs.

Good Shepherd’s audiology services include:

  • Hearing evaluations
  • Monitoring of middle ear function
  • Otoacoustic emissions (OAE)
  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR)
  • Electronystagmography (ENG)
  • Newborn hearing screenings
  • Hearing aid evaluations and consultations
  • Hearing loss counseling

Highly Skilled Staff

Each staff member of Good Shepherd’s Speech and Audiology Services has earned a master’s degree and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). All caregivers are certified by the State of Texas and participate in continuing education programs in an effort to provide you with the latest methods of care in audiology services.

Hearing Instruments Services

Good Shepherd’s hearing instrument services include:

  • Hearing aids and assistive listening devices (ALDs) for all ages
  • All-make hearing aid repair and maintenance
  • Thirty-day trial period with hearing aids
  • Access to a complete line of hearing aid manufacturers with the latest technology
  • Hearing aid battery purchases in office or by mail
  • Custom ear molds and swim plugs
  • Adjustments and cleaning for the life of the hearing aid at no charge
  • Extended warranties available

Instrument Styles

Receiver-In-The Ear (RITE) and “Slim Tube” hearing devices are the most unobtrusive type of hearing instrument currently available. This style keeps the ear canal open to reduce any plugged-up sensation. The appropriateness of these hearing devices is limited based on the degree of hearing loss.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) instruments are appropriate for hearing losses that are mild to profound. Directional microphones, multiple listening programs and a telecoil for compatibility are available for these models. This style is best suited for pediatric patients and individuals with excessive moisture and accumulative cerumen (earwax).

In-the-Ear (ITE) custom hearing instruments fill the outer portion of the ear. This style is appropriate for mild to severe hearing losses and may include features such as directional microphones, multiple listening programs and a telecoil.

In-the-Canal (ITC) style hearing instruments are smaller than the full-shell ITE and are appropriate for hearing losses from mild to moderately severe. Options are limited due to size restrictions. Good manual dexterity is more important for this style.

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