Dr. Shari Beams is an Audiologist with a Doctorate in Audiology who has been serving our community for over 25 years. Audiologists are hearing health care professionals. Audiologists can help to diagnose causes and types of hearing losses and assist in determining which are medically treatable by an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Physician and which losses need to be treated in some other method. Audiologists also can assist in the assessment of balance disorders. Dr. Beams is trained in the assessment and diagnosis of hearing loss, the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids, hearing protection devices, and other personalized ear plugs, as well as follow-up care and repair of hearing aids. She works with individuals with hearing loss from school-aged children through geriatric and focuses on providing informative, caring, and comprehensive services to her patients. Dr. Beams attends various professional meetings throughout the year to keep current with hearing aid technology.
Dr. Beams received a Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech Sciences, a Master of Science in Audiology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology, all from Purdue University. Dr. Beams has been a licensed Audiologist since 1993. She has worked in Lafayette, Indiana in an ENT practice, and in Corpus Christi with ENT practices as well. Dr. Beams also taught in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, serving as a program director for 14 years. She taught courses in Audiology, Anatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism, and Speech and Hearing Science at the undergraduate level and graduate courses in Aural Rehabilitation, Neuroscience, and Advanced Audiology. Dr. Beams is licensed to practice as an Audiologist by the Texas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She has given presentations at state and national meetings and has been invited to talk at local organizations in the Corpus Christi area. Dr. Beams is committed to providing quality hearing care for all of her patients.
Posted October 19th, 2020
As adults we may realize that sounds are noisy, and that sounds we are exposed to at work or during recreational activities can affect our hearing. What many people don’t realize is that children are often exposed to dangerous levels of sounds and often times we are the ones exposing them to these sounds.
Kids are smart. By Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A. FAAA - Episode 2
Posted October 14th, 2020
Children are often underestimated. They can be a challenge to work with but very rewarding.
While I was working on my Ph.D., I worked for the University as a graduate assistant. I remember one day I was supervising and the clinicians that day were seeing a 4-year old boy for the second time. He had very poor speech and they had a hard time testing him the first visit. They were finally able to get him to respond to words by placing picture cards on the ground and having him put a bean bag on the picture that corresponded to the word he had heard. He was able to do that fairly successfully, and at a fairly low volume. When they tried to have him respond to beeps, he just wouldn’t do it. They tried having him raise his hand, say “beep”, throw bean bags, all our typical tricks for testing children his age, but they just couldn’t do it.
Posted September 17th, 2020
Vertigo is a sensation of moving or having the room moving around you. It is often described as a spinning sensation. It can cause nausea and if severe enough, vomiting.
Posted September 9th, 2020
Hearing loss can be caused by many things. Some are preventable, some are not. Here we will briefly look at some of the most common causes of hearing loss.
How I became an Audiologist, by Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA - Episode 1
Posted September 1st, 2020
Over the years, I have been asked by many people, how I came to be an Audiologist. I have to say, I was very fortunate. It was not my first choice of a career. In fact, when I started college I had never even heard of Audiology. But I was one of the lucky ones to find my chosen career and something I truly love doing by accident.
Posted June 16th, 2020
There are several different styles or sizes of hearing aids. However, there are two styles that are sold more commonly than any of the others. Today I would like to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the two most common styles of hearing aids.
Posted June 2nd, 2020
You’ve bought a hearing aid, you wear it faithfully every day. But do you remember to take care of it? Do you know what to do if it suddenly stops working? Here are 4 things you can do to keep your hearing aid in good working order and prevent the need for unnecessary office visits and costly repairs
Posted May 27th, 2020
Some people think that once you start wearing a hearing aid, you’ll be able to hear anything, anywhere, and anytime. But this is not the case. A hearing aid is an aid, something to assist you to hear better. But in the end, it is an electronic device that is better than your unaided normal hearing, but far from normal hearing. There are times where a person with a hearing loss might need to use an Assistive Listening Device or ALD in addition to their hearing aid in order to hear clearly. In this discussion, we are going to introduce a few of the assistive listening devices available. This is not a comprehensive list, but an introduction to the most commonly used or available Assistive Listening Devices.
Posted May 5th, 2020
Sudden onset hearing loss is a serious issue. Most sudden onset losses are sensorineural hearing losses, which means the sense organ for hearing or the auditory nerve has been affected. While there is a lot that we don’t know about it, there are a few possible causes for sudden onset hearing loss.
Posted March 9th, 2020
An Audiologist is a hearing healthcare professional. A person who is uniquely qualified to assess, diagnosis, and treat hearing loss and balance disorders. The requirements for obtaining a license to practice as an Audiologist have changed significantly over the years.
Posted February 18th, 2020
Communicating with someone with a hearing loss can be challenging. Depending on the severity of the hearing loss, conversations can sometimes be very frustrating. But communicating with one another is how we stay connected. It helps us to feel like we are valued and loved. Here are some tips on how to communicate more effectively with someone with a hearing loss.
Posted February 10th, 2020
Hearing aids have come a long way over the last several years. Advances in digital technology and electronics in general have resulted in some incredible new devices. This list will outline 5 of the recent advances in hearing aid technology. This list is in no way comprehensive and please keep in mind that not all Brands or Models will have all of these features.
Posted February 3rd, 2020
How do you know when you have hearing loss? Dr. Shari Beams our Audiologist from Corpus Christi Hearing Aid Center presents her latest blog on the top five signs of hearing loss. Read the full blog here.
Posted January 28th, 2020
Besides the obvious difference in price, there is a huge difference in a device purchased from an Audiologist and one purchased from a drug store or even online.