Palm Springs Staff
Better hearing and a better quality of life can be yours for many years with the help of the right hearing professional. At Hearing Aid HealthCare, we pride ourselves on developing long-term relationships with our patients. Relationships based on unsurpassed personal service that begins the first time you walk through our doors and continues long after your initial appointment.
Professional Information: Colleen is a licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser and Certified Audioprosthologist. She is a member of the International Hearing Society and Hearing HealthCare Providers.
Special Interests: Colleen’s passion for dispensing hearing aids and helping others developed from her own personal hearing loss since birth. In addition to extensive education and training, Colleen has a lifetime of experience wearing bilateral hearing aids. Her personal passion to relate with others who suffer from hearing loss stems from a desire to help them live a happier hearing life.
Personal Information: Colleen is a dedicated mother to her son and enjoys spending time with him. She has traveled around the world, living in Turkey, Dubai, China, Vietnam and South Korea. While grateful for her travels, she is glad to be living back in the Coachella Valley.
Patient Care Coordinator
Anabel joined Hearing Aid HealthCare in the summer of 2013 and is currently in our Palm Springs location. She has been working in the hearing aid industry since 2007 and we are thrilled she has joined our ‘family’.
Anabel was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and graduated from Cathedral High School. She enjoys hiking, swimming and arts/crafts in her spare time. She currently lives in Thousand Palms with her Husband, Johnathan and Jake, their 3 year old son.
Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is fairly common and might explain why you can hear a pin drop, but not be able to make out what your partner is saying. You’re born with tiny hairs called cilia in your inner ear that move when sound waves are present. Nerves translate the movement of these tiny hairs into information that goes to your brain where it gets interpreted into distinct sounds and frequencies.
The better the movements are interpreted, the more easily you’re able to hear distinctions between sounds such as “D” and “T” or hear letters like “S”, “H” and “F”. Unfortunately, the cilia are extremely delicate and can be harmed by loud noise or other trauma.
Cilia also help your brain determine how loud a sound is, where it’s coming from, and how far away it is.
The Most Common Causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss happens when these tiny hairs are damaged. Often, this type of hearing loss is gradual, which is why many people associate it with aging. It’s thought that animals are able to regrow these hairs and regain their hearing when their cilia get damaged, but humans don’t seem to have this ability naturally.
Common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are:
Head injuries or other trauma
Diseases like diabetes or autoimmune disease
High blood pressure
How to Deal with Sensorineural Hearing Loss
While there are no current medical treatments to heal cilia, you can successfully address sensorineural hearing loss with hearing technology such as hearing aids.