Texas Hearing Institute

Houston, TX   |
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Texas Hearing Institute

EIN: 74-6003178


To enable children with hearing loss to reach their full potential by teaching them listening, speaking and literacy skills.

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Mr. Kyle Swift

Main address

3100 Shenandoah Street

Houston, TX 77021 USA

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Formerly known as

Houston School for Deaf Children

The Center for Hearing and Speech



Subject area info

Special needs education

Speech and hearing rehabilitation

Special population support

Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers


People with disabilities

People with hearing impairments

NTEE code info

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Centers, Services (P87)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With early intervention, hearing loss is a disability we can do something about, and thereby change the trajectory of the lives of children born with it, and reduce the immense financial and emotional toll it would have on their families. After hearing loss is diagnosed at birth, Texas Hearing Institute provides children with the accurate diagnoses and timely interventions that are necessary for children to acquire speech, conversation and reading competence on par with their hearing peers, which will help then reach their full potential.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Melinda Webb School

A unique resource in Houston that teaches deaf and hard of hearing
children 18 months to 6 years old to listen and speak. Students receive
individualized instruction that accelerates their development of spoken
language and prepares them to enter local mainstream public or private
schools by first grade.

• Full-day and part-time programs – Focus on listening, spoken language
and academics.
• Journey Transition Program – Prepares students and families for
enrollment in a public or private school.
• Tutoring – After school and during the summer.
• LEAP – Language Enrichment Auditory-Verbal Program supports
parents of toddlers with hearing loss.
• Library – With onsite librarian.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

The Speech Therapy Clinic offers specialized speech and language services for children
with hearing loss from birth to 21 years of age. Therapists work with families to develop
and implement individualized plans of care to ensure children reach their fullest potential in listening and spoken language.

• Auditory-Verbal Speech Therapy – Parents are included in each session
because parent participation is vital to achieving optimal outcomes.
• Tele-T.A.L.K – Statewide tele-therapy program for families who are unable
to drive to the clinic for speech therapy.
• RiteCare Infant Program – Speech therapy for infants at no cost to families
• Special Programs:
° CHS Buddies – Peer support for preteens and teens.
° Project Lead – Program that educates preteens and teens with
hearing loss about leadership, mentoring, networking and
community service.
° Project T.A.L.K.! – Week-long summer camp for children from
4 through 10 years of age.
° Jump Start to Listening – Free education for parents of newly
diagnosed children about communication and intervention options.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Educational Liaison works with children with hearing loss
and their families by building and maintaining positive relationships with educators and other professionals to ensure positive
educational outcomes.

The support services include:
• Providing community outreach education on a variety of
topics related to hearing loss.
• Educating parents and professionals about hearing loss,
technology, troubleshooting tips and the impact of hearing
loss in the classroom.
• Ongoing support for mainstream teachers throughout the
school year.
• Guiding and supporting families during the FIE, ARD and
504 process.
• Assisting parents with finding the correct classroom/school
placement for their child’s needs.

A licensed social worker provides therapeutic support, connects
parents to services, and empowers them to overcome challenges.

Population(s) Served

A team of highly specialized audiologists provide audiology, hearing aid and
cochlear implant services for children from infancy to age 21.

• Early Identification and Amplification - The first three years of a child’s life
are critical for developing a cognitive and linguistic foundation from which
all further development unfolds. The Center’s Audiology Clinic provides
thorough diagnostic services and develops amplification plans that include
hearing aids or cochlear implants.
• Hearing Screenings - Conducting hearing screenings at birth is now
mandatory, however many children acquire hearing loss later in their
childhood. CHS provides free hearing screenings to children through
partnerships with Title I schools.
• Hearing Loss Prevention - CHS is the only organization educating children
and youth throughout the region about preventing hearing loss caused by
exposure to loud sounds.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of counties who have received services from CHS

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of children who received free hearing screenings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Audiology Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all free hearing screenings were suspended in 2020.

Number of children who received Auditory-Verbal therapy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Speech Therapy Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of children who received services through The Melinda Webb School

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Melinda Webb School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Texas Hearing Institute, formerly The Center for Hearing and Speech, plans to double the number of children served by our Audiology Clinic, Speech Therapy Services, and Melinda Web School by 2025.

Texas Hearing Institute provides comprehensive audiology, speech-language pathology and educational services, and Texas Children's hospital collocates ENTs in our building, making Texas Hearing Institute a one-stop-shop for pediatric hearing loss. Most services are also provided virtually (and others are being developed), and on a sliding fee scale, to provide access to all families throughout Texas and beyond.

To reach more children, and to treat them sooner, we are committed to achieving crucial 1-3-6 benchmarks recommended by the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing: 1) a hearing screening no later than one month of age, and when children do not pass the hearing screening, 2) a diagnostic evaluation before three months of age, and 3) enrollment into early intervention services before six months of age.

Texas Hearing Institute employs highly skilled and credentialed providers and educators.
• The Audiology Department employees 8 Pediatric Audiologists with a combined 65 years of experience and the Director of Audiology holds a dual certification in pediatric audiology and as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist
• Three bilingual patient care coordinators assist with interpretation and translation needs
• Speech Services has 8 Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapists (LSLS Cert. AVTs)
• The Melinda Webb School employs 3 LSLS Certified Auditory Verbal Educators (LSLS AVEds).

*Cert. AVTs and AVEds are master’s level speech-language pathologists or educators who have completed 1,000 hours of mentored therapy and passed a rigorous test to demonstrate proficiency in working with hearing-impaired children to achieve spoken language outcomes.

Texas Hearing Institute was founded in 1947 by four parents with the foresight to realize that children with hearing loss could learn to listen and speak, and then communicate verbally with their families and the community. Over the past 74 years, Texas Hearing Institute has become nationally renowned, and grown into the most comprehensive pediatric hearing loss program in Texas. In 2020, children from 44 counties received services from Texas Hearing Institute.


Texas Hearing Institute
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 2020 2019 2019 Audit 2018 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.59 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Texas Hearing Institute

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Texas Hearing Institute

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Texas Hearing Institute

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Texas Hearing Institute’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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* This organization changed its fiscal year accounting period in 2020. Please refer to its 2020 990s for more information.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 * 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $2,125,577 $1,324,281 $8,560,057 $3,055,356 -$1,728,237
As % of expenses 39.3% 7.2% 178.6% 63.8% -29.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $2,026,685 $1,214,222 $8,474,009 $2,541,351 -$2,247,478
As % of expenses 36.8% 6.5% 173.7% 47.9% -34.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $7,522,235 $19,749,791 $13,353,224 $7,845,274 $7,492,664
Total revenue, % change over prior year 112.9% 162.6% -32.4% -41.2% -4.5%
Program services revenue 9.9% 5.3% 8.6% 22.8% 30.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 84.3% 40.2% 86.4% 56.6% 65.4%
Other revenue 5.8% 54.4% 5.0% 20.6% 4.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $5,402,901 $18,434,694 $4,793,167 $4,789,918 $5,962,439
Total expenses, % change over prior year 50.3% 241.2% -74.0% -0.1% 24.5%
Personnel 53.3% 15.3% 74.0% 80.1% 75.7%
Professional fees 6.7% 3.1% 4.8% 7.9% 8.8%
Occupancy 2.2% 6.1% 9.5% 6.8% 7.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 37.8% 75.5% 11.7% 5.3% 8.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $5,501,793 $18,544,753 $4,879,215 $5,303,923 $6,481,680
One month of savings $450,242 $1,536,225 $399,431 $399,160 $496,870
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $254,020 $334,172 $11,741,358 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $6,206,055 $20,415,150 $17,020,004 $5,703,083 $6,978,550

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.4 0.3 1.3 6.3 0.3
Months of cash and investments 0.4 0.3 1.3 6.3 0.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.2 1.9 -0.8 8.9 3.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $189,751 $461,144 $515,943 $2,517,005 $151,919
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $2,320,571 $3,754,976 $4,508,642 $5,047,673 $1,858,120
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,411,842 $2,039,779 $13,781,137 $15,424,797 $15,492,356
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 41.3% 19.6% 3.5% 5.7% 9.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 10.0% 19.2% 27.8% 17.1% 1.8%
Unrestricted net assets $3,298,466 $4,512,688 $12,986,697 $18,104,709 $15,857,231
Temporarily restricted net assets $275,761 $266,577 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $275,761 $266,577 $266,577 $266,577 $107,782
Total net assets $3,574,227 $4,779,265 $13,253,274 $18,371,286 $15,965,013

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Mr. Kyle Swift

Kyle Swift has served as the Chief Executive Officer at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas since 2015. Prior to this role, he served as CEO at Medical Center of South Arkansas, in El Dorado, Arkansas and has spent more than 13 years in hospital administration. Kyle received his Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Texas A&M University. He has served on a variety of community boards including most recently, the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and the Angelina County A&M Club. Kyle and his wife, Katy, have a 9-year-old son, Sam - an avid reader and soccer fan. Katy, a lifelong educator, has most recently served as a primary school counselor in Lufkin. Kyle and his family enjoy outdoor activities, especially saltwater fishing and are looking forward to being closer to the coast.

Number of employees

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Texas Hearing Institute

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 05/29/2024
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Board chair

Mrs. Nichelle McLemore


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