Neah Washington, ACA, BC-HIS
Audioprosthologist, Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences, Tinnitus Care Provider Holding a Certificate from the International Hearing Society™
Neah is the Director of Austin Ear Clinic’s Audiology Department and has been in the hearing industry for over 17 years. Given the fact that she is licensed by the State of Texas to fit and dispense hearing aids, and a member of the Texas Hearing Aid Association along with being Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences and having acquired a Certification in Audioprosthology (ACA), it is easy to understand how the hearing aid industry views Neah as an expert in her field and comes to her for feedback on their products regularly. In addition, Neah is a Tinnitus Care Provider holding a Certificate from the International Hearing Society TM. This unique designation enables Austin Ear Clinic to provide a much-needed type of service to our patients.
Neah’s career started in Austin, working for a hearing aid manufacturer. This is when she realized she had a passion for helping people to improve their hearing. As her patient’s can attest, her passion goes much further than just improving their hearing. Neah believes in doing whatever she can to help a patient save what hearing they have today as well as improving it for the future.
In 2007, she became a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC), helping companies and individuals develop strategies to prevent noise induced hearing loss. While she is no longer an active COHC, she still encourages people to protect their hearing in her daily activities.
A native Texan, Neah has had the pleasure of living in a few of its sunny locations, and has called Austin home for the past 20 plus years. She is married with two children that keep her very busy.
Faria Elbabour, MBChB, AuD, F-AAA
Dr. Faria Elbabour was born in Tucson, AZ and raised in Benghazi, Libya where she completed her undergraduate studies and earned her medical degree from al-Arab Medical University. She received her Doctor of Audiology degree with honors from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Upon completion of her 4th year externship at San Diego VA Healthcare System, she joined Austin Ear Clinic as a full-time clinical audiologist in October, 2015. Currently, she is Board Certified in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Elbabour performs audiological and electrophysiological vestibular evaluations, cochlear implant and bone anchored hearing aid candidacy evaluations and rehabilitation of hearing loss through the administration of hearing aids. When not working, Dr. Elbabour enjoys natural landscapes, hiking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Kaylene Ball, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Kaylene Ball completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Texas in Austin. She graduated with honors as a Doctor of Audiology and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in audiology from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Dr. Ball is a clinical audiologist who concentrates on behavioral and objective diagnostic testing, electrophysiological vestibular evaluations, aural rehabilitation through the use of hearing aids, cochlear implant programming and is experienced in tinnitus evaluation testing. During her time at the university, Dr. Ball lead research into the development of speech perception in cochlear implant users and participated in research to better understand speech perception in noise. She has participated in noise-induced hearing loss and hearing loss prevention outreach programs in Austin area schools, helping to teach children the importance of hearing protection and hearing healthcare. She also serves as the Clinical Director of Audiology for Ears and Hearing, a program that specializes in newborn hearing screenings.
In her spare time, Dr. Ball enjoys spending time in the outdoors, especially camping or anything that has to do with the water. When she is able to, she also likes taking her dog on hikes.