Hello! I am Saleem. And I am the Better Hearing Center’s clinician. When it comes to hearing, most people are scared stiff about taking the first step to finding out what is happening. The anxiety sometimes comes from past experience with a friend or family member who had hearing loss, or the nervousness comes from the general feeling in society that hearing loss is somehow shameful. Because the wide majority of my patients express their gratitude for the unpressured education they receive during their appointment, I have come to believe most people with hearing loss are worried they will be hood-winked into a hearing device they don’t want, don’t understand, and won’t use! My main goal is to provide thorough information in all appointments with new or long-term patients, so they are confident and comfortable with their hearing healthcare decisions. One promise I made to myself and my family when I opened the Better Hearing Center was to provide a very high level of patient care and service. I am honored to say my patients tell me every week how much better and unique their care is with us than with most of their other healthcare providers. Providing this level of service and care means a great deal to me, and makes a tremendous difference to my patients and their hearing as well! We are always trying out new ways to improve our service and care, too. My patients share improvement ideas, and recipes as well – see the section below on Brenda MacArthur for more information on her baking habits! A bit about me – I was born in Dallas, which makes me a genuine native-Texas. My entire life has been spent in Texas, except a few years here and there while growing up and during my very early career when I lived overseas in England, France, Germany, and Lebanon. My wife, Lori, and I are genuine high school sweethearts and have two fantastic children, Calianne and Atiyeh. We have lived in Austin since 1998, and love it! Our children spend the occasional afternoon in the office after school and during the summer – so don’t be surprised if you meet them. And if you don’t, you’ll see them in some of the many photos displayed throughout our exam and testing rooms. Professionally, I have an undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston, and a graduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin. I hold my professional license from the state of Texas to practice as a Hearing Instrument Specialist. And I have completed all of my upper division course work to achieve the Audioprosthologist designation from the International Hearing Society and the American Conference on Audioprosthology. About my name – My father is Lebanese, and my first name means ‘peace’. To pronounce Saleem, just think of the popular singer CELINE DION. My name is pronounced just like hers, except where her name has an ‘N’, put in an ‘M’ and pronounce it like C-E-L-I-M-E. That’s me, Saleem.