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Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A

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.

Dr. Shari Beams Audiology Blog Spot

Audiology HumorWhy I Love Audiology - Audiology Humor Episode 7

Posted April 5th, 2021

Probably every profession has its own inside jokes. Ones that only people with similar jobs can understand. Audiology is no different. Some of the jokes are related to commonly used terms, while others are about the profession in general. Cartoons are common, showing the structures of the ear as lively little creatures misbehaving. Lots of cartoons showing people who answer another person ‘s question incorrectly, but with a funny reply, because they don’t ear them right. Even cartoons about hearing aids.

Audiology Humor?


DementiaDementia and Hearing Loss

Posted March 23rd, 2021

For years we have been told that reading, playing logic games, doing puzzles, and being active in society will help keep our brains healthy. It turns out that now being an active listener may also help. There is increasing evidence that there may be a link between Dementia and untreated hearing loss. Not that the hearing loss causes dementia, but that if individuals with hearing loss seek out help and wear hearing aids when appropriate, it can slow the rate of progression of the Dementia and keep your loved ones involved in the world longer.

Dementia and Hearing Loss?


HearingLoss and Medications

Can medications cause hearing loss?

Posted March 10th, 2021

Can medications cause me to lose my hearing? The quick and easy answer is yes. But not every medication can.

We have all seen the listed side effects on the paperwork when we pick up a prescription. These documents list the most common or severe side effects. The majority of medications are not harmful to your hearing. However, there are certain medications and categories of medications that are known to cause hearing loss or other auditory problems like tinnitus, or auditory hallucinations. Some of these conditions are reversible, meaning if you stop the medication the problem improves. Others may cause permanent hearing loss.

Can Medications Cause Hearing Loss?


Hearing TestsHow often should I have a hearing test?

Posted February 23rd, 2021

Most people will easily schedule an annual physical, have yearly eye exams, see a dentist twice a year, and even perform routine maintenance on their car. But how often does someone schedule a routine hearing test? Do you remember the last time you had your hearing tested? Undiagnosed hearing loss can lead to other issues besides difficulty hearing. Nerve degeneration in the ear, and there are some studies that have shown a link between untreated hearing loss and dementia and other cognitive decline.

How often should I have a hearing test?


DiabetesDiabetes and Hearing Loss

Posted February 12th, 2021

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are more than 34 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes. The number of people with diabetes is increasing in the U.S. Complications from diabetes can result in kidney issues, vision issues, amputations, heart failure and stroke. It can also result in hearing loss. Diabetes is a serious disease and most of us probably know at least 1 person who has it. We know that it is a problem with elevated blood sugar, and that it can affect other systems in our body. For people with severe or uncontrolled diabetes, the risk of severe health complications is much higher.

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

 


Deafness FAQ'sFAQ' s About Deafness

Can people who are Deaf drive, and other questions about Deafness.

There are many misconceptions about the Deaf community. Deaf does not always mean that a person can not hear sounds. Being Deaf means that a person typically does not have enough usable hearing to enable them to use their hearing to communicate. An individual who is Deaf may be able to hear very loud low-pitched sounds for example. In the distant past, individuals who were Deaf might have been placed into asylums or other institutions because they were thought to be mentally handicapped because they could not learn to talk. Luckily, we are better equipped to identify hearing loss and treat it these days.

Deafness FAQ's

 


Hearing Aids Have ChangedWhy I love being an Audiologist. Episode 6.

How Hearing Aids Have Changed. By Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA

Posted February 1st, 2021

Since their earliest development, hearing aids have benefitted from advances in technology. The earliest hearing aids were tabletop models. The aid was so large it was actually a large box that could not be carried. You had to sit next to it. You wore headphones connected to the aid with a cord so that you could here. Obviously there are some significant limitations with a hearing aid that large. As technology allowed for miniaturization in electronic components, hearing aids were developed that were smaller and smaller so that they went from table-top, to body-style, to behind-the-ear. Now we have hearing aids that are practically invisible, and some that are implanted.

How Hearing Aids Have Changed

 


Lip readingLipreading

Posted January 21st, 2021

Lipreading, also known as Speechreading, is often portrayed as a party game or trick. We see it shown on TV being used by someone trying to read lips of someone on a videotape where there is no audio on a crime show for example. Many of us have probably seen the funny lipreading videos of professional athletes or politicians on Facebook as well where they record the wrong audio over the video, but it looks like that is what the person is actually saying.

Lipreading

 


The Human ConnectionWhy I love being an Audiologis Episode 5. The Human Connection

By Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA

Posed January 4th, 2020

Generally, Audiologists start their academic training in an undergraduate program that is geared primarily to Speech-Language Pathology. And while there are definitely similarities, there are definitely ways in which the two fields are very different.

Why I Love Being An Audiologist Episode 5?

 



Age Related Hearing LossWhat is Presbycusis?

Posted December 28th, 2020

Most people may not have heard the term, but they probably are familiar with the condition. Presbycusis is the technical/medical term for an age-related hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss is the third most common chronic health complaint among older adults (heart disease and arthritis being numbers 1 and 2 respectively).

What is Presbycusis?

 


Voice sounds differnt on the recordingWhy does my voice sound different when I hear it on a recording?

Posted December 22nd, 2020

Everyone has had that moment. The moment where they hear their voice recorded on an answering machine or a video and they think to themselves, that’s not what I sound like, is it? It’s the same reason we watch people who try out on singing shows on TV and think, how can they possibly think they sound good? It has to do with physics, yes science!

Why Does My Voice Sound Different?

 


How does the ear workHow does the ear work?

Posted December 15th, 2020

Let’s take a moment and have a very simple conversation about how the ear works. The ear structurally can be broken down into four parts: the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the auditory nerve.

How Does The Ear Work?

 


Hoe Much Noise is too MuchHow Much Noise is Too Much?

Posted December 10th, 2020

Our world today is a very noisy place. Millions of Americans are exposed to dangerously loud levels of sound on a daily basis, and most are unaware of the dangers of it. According to the American Academy of Audiology, over 30 million American workers are exposed to dangerous levels of noise on the job. But noise exposure doesn’t always happen at work. It can happen at home or when you are enjoying hobbies and other activities too.

How Much Noise is Too Much?

 


First Day I Cried in ClinicWhy I love being an Audiologist

The first time I cried in clinic. Episode 4.

Posted December 1st, 2020

Hearing loss can be an emotional topic for many people. But when the patient is a child, it is especially so.

We had identified a 4-year-old boy with a significant hearing loss. It was bad enough that he could barely hear conversational level speech. As a result, he had very poor speech clarity. Once we finally confirmed that the child did indeed have a hearing loss, we counseled the parents about the loss and what options they had for their child. We discussed hearing aids and the parents agreed to proceed with a hearing aid fitting. We took molds of the child’s ears and scheduled a fitting for three weeks ahead.

The First Time I Cried In Clinic - Episode 4

 


Hearing Aid StylesCommon Styles of Hearing Aids

Posted November 19th, 2020

There are so many different brands of hearing aids, it sometimes becomes confusing. However, no matter what brand of hearing aid it is, the style or shape of the hearing aids is fairly consistent from one to the other. Let’s look at the most common styles of hearing aids.

Common Styles of Hearing Aids

 


hearing aid misconceptions5 Common Misconceptions About Hearing Aids Or How To Avoid Unrealistic Expectations About Your Hearing Aids

By Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA 

Posted November 12th, 2020

Hearing aids are wonderful devices that have tremendously improved over the last several years. However, sometimes people think that hearing aids are a miracle cure for hearing loss or that because someone is wearing a hearing aid they should be able to hear everything around them, no matter how loud the background noise is or what else is happening. This is not true. Here are 5 common misconceptions about hearing aids or ways to avoid having unrealistic expectations about hearing aids.

5 Misconceptions about Hearing Aids?

 


Lessons learned on pediatric dayWhy I love being an Audiologist

Lessons Learned On Pediatric Day. By Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA - Episode 3.

Once a month, the Audiology clinic scheduled pediatric patients to come into the clinic on a certain day. The students assigned to clinic that day were the students currently enrolled in the Pediatric Audiology Course. I learned some important things during that class.

Lessons Learned on Pediatric Day - Episode 3

 


Ear CandlesCan I use Ear Candles to clean my ears?

Posted October 27th, 2020

Ear Candles are a homeopathic remedy for ear wax removal. Many people swear that they are the easiest way to remove ear wax. Unfortunately, they can also be very dangerous.

Can I use Ear Candles to clean my ears?

 


Children and Noise Exposure

Noise ExposurePosted 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.

Children and Noise Exposure

 


Why I love being an Audiologist

Kids are smart. By Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A. FAAA - Episode 2

Kids Are SmartPosted 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.

Kids Are Smart - Episode 2

 

 


VertigoVertigo

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.

Vertigo?

 

 


Causes of Hearing lossWhat Causes Hearing Loss?

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.

What Causes Hearing Loss?


Why I love being an Audiologist

How I became an Audiologist, by Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA - Episode 1

Why I Love AudiologyPosted 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.

How I Became An Audiologist

 


Hearing Aid Maintenance and CleaningAdvantages and Disadvantages of the Most Common Styles of Hearing Aids

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.

Hearing Aid Styles Advantages and Disadvantages

 


Hearing Aid Maintenance and CleaningHearing Aid Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

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

Hearing Aid Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

 


Hearing Aid Not EnoughSometimes A Hearing Aid is Not Enough

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.

Sometimes a Hearing Aid is Not enough

 


Sudden Hearing LossSudden Onset Hearing Loss

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.

Sudden Onset Hearing Loss?

 


What is an audiologistWhat Is An Audiologist?

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.

What Is An Audiologist?

 


Talking with the hearing impaired10 Tips for Talking to Individuals with Hearing Loss

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.

Tips for talking with individuals with Hearing Loss

 


top five advances in hearing aidsFive Advances in Hearing Aid Technology

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.

Five Advances in Hearing Aid Technology

 


top five signs of hearing lossTop Five signs of hearing loss

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.

Top 5 Signs of Hearing Loss


Hearing Aids Purchased from AudiologistWhat is the difference between a hearing aid purchased from an Audiologist and one I can buy from the drug store?

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.

Hearing Aids purchased from an audiologist vs. online or drug store

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