Hearing Health

Hearing loss is a gradual or sudden decrease in how well you can hear and is currently the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease, according to the National Information Center on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Hearing loss can affect your life in many negative ways. One might become withdrawn from regular conversation and interactions due to the inability to properly hear their surroundings.




A regular visit to an audiologist can help prevent further hearing loss and rehabilitate existing hearing loss. Hearing loss treatment can vary depending on the cause and severity of the hearing loss and only a visit to an audiologist can determine the severity and identify the cause of hearing loss. It is never too early to visit your local audiologist. Our workshop includes

Where to go for hearing testing

Things to consider when buying a hearing aid

Types of hearing

Impacts of cognitive loss with hearing loss

Impacts of COVID/Masks on hearing loss

Practical advice regarding the stigma of hearing loss

The importance of wearing your hearing aids

How the state commission for deaf and hard of hearing can assist those with hearing loss


Two professionals will help us navigate the issues of hearing loss and will take your questions.


Dr. Romero is an Audiologist and owner of Audiology Associates, she has been in practice for 12 years. Dr. Romero works with all age groups and her office specializes in hearing evaluations, hearing aids, and balance testing. Through the past 12 years, Dr. Romero has participated in various community outreach projects including providing custom hearing protection for Fire Departments throughout the state. Audiology Associates currently has offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe NM.

Kathleen A. Romero, AuD., CCC-A

Audiology Associates, (505) 842-5810


Susana Santillan is the New Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Community Advocacy Specialist at the Las Cruces office.


Susana has a long history of ,serving individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind. Before coming to NMCDHH, she was the Deafness Resource Specialist for Volar Center for Independent Living, the Deafness Resources Specialist for Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) and served in the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Disabled Student Services Office.


Susana is trilingual in English, Spanish, and ASL and the proud mother of four adult children, one of whom is a deaf-blind adult with Usher Syndrome. Due to her daughter’s deafness, Susana has been involved in the deaf community for 35 years. In her free time, Susana teaches basic sign language classes and interprets the Spanish mass in American Sign Language at her parish.

Susana.Santilla@statenm.us

575-202-2814

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