Yucca Valley 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.
Education: Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser, Certified Audioprosthologist
Certifications: Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist and Certified by American Conference of Audioprosthology
Special Interests: Pamela has provided personalized care and service for those with hearing difficulties since 1999. She takes a personal interest in each patient, enhancing their overall quality of life with the very best hearing health care possible. Pamela believes strongly in the care of each person and matching their needs with the highest level of technology possible. The technological advancements in the hearing aid industry are very exciting. The most advanced digital instruments include built-in feedback eliminators, improvements in speech intelligibility which adapt to changing environments, and wireless connectivity to your television to name just a few of the sophisticated benefits now available.
Professional Memberships: Hearing HealthCare Providers of California (HHP/CA) and International Hearing Society
Personal Information: Pamela is always striving to improve her knowledge of how people communicate and is currently advancing her education with studies in Communication Disorders and Deaf Studies. Pamela has lived in Yucca Valley since 1998, moving from Orange County where she was born and raised. She has been happily married to her husband, Rick, since 1988 and they have three human sons and two doggie daughters. Most important of all (at least to her family) she makes award-winning banana chocolate chip muffins, as well as award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and pickles.
Patient Care Coordinator
Shari has been with Hearing Aid HealthCare since 2009. She has an extensive background in customer service, and takes special care to make sure that everyone who visits the office feels welcome and appreciated. She has a very congenial nature and takes a personal interest in everyone she is around. Shari has lived in Yucca Valley most of her life and enjoys the fact that all of her immediate family, and many of her relatives, also live in town. She lives in the Sky Harbor area with her two cats, Lola and Jellybean.
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.