In 1953, Albuquerquean Mary Pfeister, who suffered from severe hearing loss, realized there was no treatment resource for the deaf in the state. From that the New Mexico Hearing Society was born. They offered free hearing screenings and discussed ways to detect and prevent hearing loss. They taught free lip-reading classes and in 1956 opened a preschool for deaf and hard of hearing children.
As the need grew Mary opened her doors to adults, as well, offering hearing evaluations, fitting hearing aids, and evaluating and treating swallowing, speech, and language disorders.
In March of 1966, Maryann Moyer took over as Director and Mary Pfeister’s community project became the Albuquerque Speech Language and Hearing Center, “a full scale communication diagnostic and treatment center” on land donated by the City of Albuquerque, at 1011 Buena Vista SE, their location for 39 years.
By 2005 the Center needed more room, a bigger, more modern and technologically sound facility, and moved to their present location at 9500 Montgomery NE Suite 215 in Albuquerque. With three sound proof booths, the most current equipment, and high tech hearing aids and assistive listening devices, six speech therapy rooms, and a dedicated and caring staff, they are the premier speech, language, and hearing facility in the state.
The community participation that started with Mary Pfeister in 1953 still continues today.
They are funded through grants, donor contributions, and through services provided to their private pay patients. They offer free speech and hearing screenings at health fairs and give presentations on communication disorders, prevention, detection and treatment. And, their “voucher fund” allows those without the ability to pay to have hearing aids and speech services on a sliding scale for little to, in some cases, no cost. Innovation, diligence, and the most current treatment options are encouraged and they give each and every patient their utmost at all times.
Since 1953 the mission for Albuquerque Speech Language Hearing Center has stayed the same to provide high quality care to everyone in the community regardless of their financial ability to pay for services. We understand that speech or hearing disorders can impact the quality of life and that’s why we strive to not only improve speech and hearing problems but to also improve our patients quality of life.
Finding the right speech and hearing clinic is important. We will make sure you or your family member are well taking care of. Make an appointment today and improve your overall quality of life. Don’t let years go by, the sooner you get help, the sooner you can improve overall quality of life.
Albuquerque Speech Language Hearing Center plays a valuable and unique role in the community. We are able to provide products and services to adults and children who are not insured, underinsured or low income. Contributions and donations allow us to treat patients on a sliding scale or for no charge.
- Family Centered
- Community Based
- Accessible to Diverse Clientele