Teresa Caraway

Teresa Caraway

Founder & CEO of Hearing First


Teresa H. Caraway, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, CEO of Hearing First, an educational endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation, supports families and professionals on the Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) journey through Awareness, Education and Community. With more than 30 years experience in Auditory-Verbal practice, consulting, and presenting, Dr. Caraway  thrives on leading change in knowledge, skills, and systems so that individuals with hearing loss can reach their full auditory potential. Dr. Caraway has served as the Founding President of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and Co-Founder and Executive Co-Director of Hearts for Hearing. She served on the Board of Auditory-Verbal International and was a founding board member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.

Celebrating 20 Years

Hearts for Hearing was founded in 2003 with a mission of providing hearing technology and speech therapy services at no out-of-pocket costs to families with children who were born deaf. 20 years later, we are still teaching babies and children born deaf to listen and talk. Our services have expanded to include adult hearing care with offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Shawnee. Our team of professionals has grown from our original three people to 117 now. Hearts for Hearing continues to provide the first set of hearing technology and therapy to children at no out-of-pocket costs to families, and now includes Newborn Hearing Screen services, major research initiatives, Eyes Open Ears On programming, and its own 3D ear mold lab.

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