Listen Hear Audiology is the only private audiology practice in Bryan and College Station, TX. Robert Herring, Au.D. is the owner and audiologist. We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid evaluation, hearing aid fittings and other related services. Custom hearing and ear protection devices are also available. We see pediatric and adult patients and accept referrals from many of the area's finest physicians.
Information for Moms
What do you do if your child fails a hearing test? Crystal Galny talks to Dr. Herring with Listen Hear Audiology about the next steps.(Full Story)
Crystal Galny talks to Dr. Herring with Listen Hear Audiology about the importance of hearing screenings.(Full Story)
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Karla Castillo talks to Dr. Herring with Listen Hear Audiology about proper ear cleaning.(Full Story)
Karla Castillo talks to Dr. Herring with Listen Hear Audiology about protecting ears from loud sounds.(Full Story)
Listen Hear Audiology Center FAQ
Q: How do you test a newborn or infant?
We use technology called distortion product otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem response testing. This allows us to look at how the child's inner ear (cochlea) and brain respond to sound. The child simply sits quietly or sleeps through the evaluation.
Q: Are MP3 players dangerous to my child's ears?
MP3 players such as iPods and iPhones should be carefully monitored. The earbuds and earphones can produce levels of sound that are hazardous to your child's ear health. If you can hear the sound from the outside, the volume is too high. Limiting the amount of continuous exposure is also important. In the iTunes software, you can limit the output of the player and there are headphones available that limit their volume as well.
Q: How do you properly clean ears?
Let the ears clean themselves. Cotton swabs (Q-tips) are NOT good for cleaning the ear canals. In fact, they are only good for pushing wax further down the ear canal. They can also irritate the delicate skin inside the ear canal. The ear has a natural ability to push wax out of the ear as skin dies and migrates outward. Simply clean the outside of the ear with soap and water. Let nature do the rest.
Q: What are some signs of hearing loss in children?
Watch for abnormal listening behaviors. An infant should startle to loud sounds. Without the child seeing you, make a loud sound and look for a startle response. In newborns, this may be subtle such as eye widening or crying behavior. In older children, monitor television and MP3 volumes. If they are consistently too loud, have the hearing evaluated. A child is never too young to be tested.
Q: What are solutions for hearing problems?
If a child is found to have hearing loss, a series of things will happen. First, the child will be referred to an ear, nose, and throat specialist to rule out any medical management for the loss. If the loss is related to middle ear problems, many times the ENT can medically or surgically treat and correct the hearing loss. If it is a permanent hearing loss, the ears will be examined and either hearing aids or cochlear implantation will be recommended. Cochlear implants are for very severe hearing loss that can not be managed through hearing aids alone. It is a surgery to the inner ear and requires years of specialized speech and language therapy.