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We have helped the people of Des Moines hear better for over 27 years.

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Uthe Hearing Aid and Audiology Centers, LLC: Our Story

Uthe Hearing Aid and Audiology Centers, LLC is an independent practice owned and operated by Dr. Leah Uthe. Our practice is a combination of two practices, Uthe Hearing Aid and Audiology Centers and Kayser Hearing Aid and Audiology Center.

Uthe Hearing Aid and Audiology Centers was opened by Dr. Sandra Hobson over 30 years ago. As a practice dedicated to providing the most comprehensive hearing services available, Dr. Hobson ensured every patient was treated with utmost care and respect.

Kayser Hearing Aid and Audiology Center was established in 1982 by Dr. Dean Kayser. Their practice's values were rooted in compassionate, patient-centered medical solutions and a trustworthy continuum of care.

Both Dr. Hobson and Dr. Kayser have now retired and have entrusted the care of their patients to Dr. Leah Uthe. In order to bring our hearing services to even more people in the Des Moines community, Uthe Hearing Aid and Audiology Centers and Kayser Hearing combined to form Uthe Hearing Aid and Audiology Centers, LLC.

Now, we are able to provide even more patients with the hearing healthcare they deserve. With our newly expanded, dedicated team of professionals, we are honored to provide hearing education and services to the people of Des Moines.

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Leah Uthe


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Dr. Uthe is an Iowa native who has always had a passion for helping others in need. This passion led her to search for a degree in both service and healthcare. After her first Introduction to Audiology class in college, she knew she had found her calling. She earned her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009, and her Doctorate in Audiology in 2016 from the University of South Dakota. Dr. Uthe has experience with diagnostic hearing testing, hearing aids and protection, tinnitus, and aural rehabilitation services. She is an advocate for hearing health education, and enjoys participating in health fairs events in and round the Des Moines metro. Dr. Uthe is dedicated to serving her patients and the community, and is looking forward to serving the Uthe Hearing Aid and Audiology Centers family.

Dr. Sandra Hobson


Dr. Sandra Hobson at helping you hear des moines

Dr. Hobson has had severe hearing loss since she was 2 years old. After being followed by the Iowa Crippled Children's Clinics and fit with a hearing aid as a child, she immediately knew she wanted to pursue a career in audiology. Dr. Hobson went through extensive training at the University of Iowa, was one of the first licensed audiologist in Iowa, and independently owned and operated Uthe Hearing Aid and Audiology Centers for over 29 years. Dr. Hobson is heavily involved in various community service programs. She has dedicated her time to helping those with hearing loss. Dr. Hobson has experience as an educational audiologist, observed several surgical procedures at ENT practices, taught medical students, was an international speaker at several conferences, and helped develop a police training video as well as one for caregivers.

Dr. Hobson has been an incredible advocate for the deaf community. She has donated hearing aid batteries to various schools and programs, participates in Cell Phones for Soldiers, gives donations to the Lions Club's Sight and Hearing Foundation, and sponsored the "ABC5WeAreIowa" news captioning. Dr. Hobson’s extensive work in her community and at Uthe Hearing Aid and Audiology Centers has demonstrated her dedication to helping everyone hear better.

Lindsey St. John

Patient Care Coordinator

Staff member Lindsey, front desk

Lindsey manages the front office and delivers outstanding customer service to the patients who come to Uthe Hearing Aid and Audiology Centers. Patients enjoy Lindsey's positive attitude and helpfulness. She is currently training to become an Audiology Assistant and has been in health care for over 4 years. As a new employee at Uthe Hearing Aid and Audiology Centers she is ready to assist you with your hearing healthcare and insurance questions.

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