All your hearing needs
Since the early 1990s, Dr. Karen Slater has served many people in the Gulf Coast area who want to experience the sounds around them. All of our Audiologists perform hearing tests that diagnose and evaluate conditions such as tinnitus and hearing loss. Personalized hearing aid fittings deliver crystal-clear sound right into your ears.
The audiologists at coastal hearing center perform hearing tests that allow you to enjoy the sounds of the world around you.
Many of today’s hearing aids are barely visible to those around you. Besides benefitting from clear sounds you may now hear from the device, you may hardly realize it’s there. Whether you have a small budget or a need for advanced filters, Coast Hearing Center has hearing aid options that suit every patient.
Custom Hearing Tests
Get a personal hearing assessment from a qualified audiologist. Your doctor will test your middle ear, your auditory nerves, your ability to comprehend speech, and the degree of hearing loss you experience.
Digital Hearing Aids
Digital hearing aids allow patients with varying levels of hearing loss to get just the right amount of sound amplification. They also connect to your favorite devices including TVs, smartphones and music players.
Your audiologist will help you select the style of hearing aid that best fits your lifestyle. We also take time to ensure the device fits comfortably and undergoes the proper adjustments for sound and size.
"May 13, 2019
Coastal Hearing is the best! I’ve been dealing with Tinnitus over the past few years. It started out once in a while but had become constant. I received a referral from Keesler Air Force Base to get a hearing test and investigate the new technology for Tinnitus within hearing aids. I’m just shy of 60 and if there was something to get rid of the constant ringing I was all in, even if it meant wearing hearing aids. My first visit was a very through exam for hearing loss and then an additional portion that specifically addressed the Tinnitus. After reviewing all the options in the levels of hearing aids available I chose the ‘smart ones’ to go with my smart phone. There was no ‘upselling’ going on. We started with the basic and worked our way up. Even when getting the best Resound model available it was still thousands less than what I have heard other people state their hearing aids cost. I’ve only been wearing the hearing aids 2 weeks but my episodes of Tinnitus have dropped from being constant to 3 to 5 a day lasting about 30 minutes. There is an additional AP I could install that allows me to control when I need the Tinnitus sounds to offset an episode. There are other options available, but that is the one that works best for me. The sounds can range from white noise (my favorite) to crickets, babbling brooks, waves, etc. All that said I also hear better and haven’t used the word WHAT in 2 weeks. The staff is awesome and Dr. Karen Slater rocks!!! Eileen L."
Meet Our Audiologists
Dr. Smith is a board-certified otolaryngologist practicing surgery of the ear nose and throat in Gulfport. He has a special interest in medical and surgical conditions of the ear including hearing restoration and implantable hearing devices. He is supported by a full-time doctoral level audiological staff capable of state-of-the-art testing and vestibular rehabilitation. A high-quality hearing aid dispensary is also available on-site. Additionally, pediatric ear, nose and throat evaluations and surgery are a large part of Dr. Smith’s practice. He also receives referrals from local dermatologists for the surgical removal of facial skin cancers.
Dr. Smith is a graduate of Tulane University, earning an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a Dr. of medicine degree from Tulane’s medical school. His surgical training was accomplished at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Subspecialty surgical training was completed in the otolaryngology department at Tulane with rotations through Ochsner Foundation Hospital, Tulane University Hospital and Charity Hospital New Orleans, where Dr. Smith was the chief resident in his final year of training.
Dr. Smith’s philosophy is to provide compassionate medical and conservative surgical care within his areas of expertise. He has performed 20,000 ear, nose and throat surgical procedures with over 4,000 of those being major ear procedures.
Doctor Jason V. Smith trained at Tulane University, New Orleans, and has more than 30 years’ experience in providing ENT care. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Coastal ENT Associates, PLLC and has a convenient location in downtown Gulfport on the corner of 13th Street and 31st Avenue that houses our ENT Clinic and the Gulf South Outpatient Surgery Clinic. Call to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Karen Slater is the director of the Audiology Department at Coastal ENT in Gulfport since 1991 and is also the owner of Coastal Hearing Center. Dr. Slater received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Florida.
Prior to working at Coastal ENT, she worked for four years at Eye Ear Nose and Throat Hospital in New Orleans as a clinical audiologist. Her oldest son, Brian Slater, is currently in Graduate School to obtain a doctorate in Audiology. Jason attends the University of Florida majoring in construction management. Austin attends MSU and wants to be an optometrist. Her youngest, Jordan, is in elementary school at St. James.
Dr. Charlene Taylor has been a clinical audiologist with Coastal ENT since 2002. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2000 and her Master of Science degree in 2002 from the University of Southern Mississippi. She then received her Doctorate of Audiology in 2007 from Salus University. She has two beautiful elementary school-age daughters.
Dr. Jennifer Walker graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with her Doctor of Audiology in 2010. After graduation, she and her husband moved to Denver, Colorado, where she worked at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. In 2013, Jennifer, her husband Britt and 2 daughters moved back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Amanda received her Bachelor of Science from The University of Southern Mississippi, her Masters of Science from The University of South Alabama, and her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University. She has been an audiologist with Coastal ENT since 2004 and joined Coastal Hearing Center in June 2018. She and her husband Troy have one beautiful daughter, Olivia. Amanda and her family like to spend time out on the water and traveling.
Business Manager / Patient Coordinator
Carrie has been a medical biller, financial counselor, and patient coordinator with Coastal ENT since 2003 and joined Coastal Hearing Center in June 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts for Organizational Information Technology with a minor in Business Management from Tulane University in 2008. She has two charming children. The oldest boy is attending MGCCC. The youngest girl is in elementary school.
Marketing Director/Patient Coordinator
Kimberly graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Medical Office Technology/Billing and Coding from MGCCC in 2004. She handles all phone calls, insurance billing, and collections. She and her husband Brandon have 2 handsome little boys. She loves being outdoors and watching her boys play sports!
Our team relies on more than 27 years of experience to provide hearing solutions to our friends and neighbors in the Gulf Coast region. Make an appointment today at our office in Biloxi, Mississippi.