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The Shea Clinic is one of the preeminent centers in the United States in the treatment of disorders of the ear, hearing, and balance system. It was started by Dr. John Shea, Jr., who developed the stapedectomy procedure in the 1950’s, the definitive surgical treatment for otosclerosis, a common cause for conductive hearing loss. Since then, many other innovations and advances in the fields of otology and otolaryngology have come from the Shea Clinic, and hundreds of thousands of patients have travelled from all over the United States and beyond for treatment. The tradition continues today under the leadership of Dr. Paul Shea, Dr. John Shea’s son.

The Shea Clinic offers a full spectrum of audiologic and vestibular diagnostic services provided by highly trained audiologists and was specifically designed to facilitate the diagnosis of complex problems of the hearing and balance systems. Diagnostic services include comprehensive hearing testing, tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing, auditory brainstem response testing (ABR), videonystagmography (VNG), electrocochleography (ECOG), otoacoustic emissions (OAE), and vestibular myogenic potential (VEMP) testing. These specialized tests, along with a thorough and comprehensive consultation and examination by Dr. Paul Shea, provide the information needed to diagnose the most complex disorders of the auditory and vestibular system.

The Shea Clinic has a robust cochlear implant program and was one of the first centers performing this complex procedure for the restoration of hearing in the profoundly deaf in the United States, beginning in 1986. The cochlear implant division of our audiology department can determine candidacy for implantation and performs intra-operative neural response telemetry (NRT) during the surgical procedure to ensure optimal performance of the device, providing patients with the best possible hearing outcomes. Dr. Paul Shea uses the latest minimally invasive techniques in our ambulatory surgery center with a focus on preservation of residual hearing during the operation. We also coordinate and oversee the programming (mapping) process after the procedure.

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