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About Karen Mares

Karen is a copy writer and social media professional born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has a unique perspective on hearing-related topics because her daughter has single-sided deafness and conductive hearing loss, and Dr. Serpa is her audiologist. It's a privilege to help Hearing Resources Audiology Center reach patients.

What’s the Difference Between an Audiologist and a Hearing Aid Dispenser?

It's really tempting, we understand. It seems so much easier to go to a big box store or walk into a hearing aid store and get a free hearing test. A hearing aid is a hearing aid, right? Not so fast. What is the difference between an audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser? We feel [...]

By |2018-07-25T16:59:06+00:00July 25th, 2018|Blog, Education|0 Comments

Communicating with Hard of Hearing People

One of the most frustrating things about hearing loss is missing out on conversation. Being told "nevermind" is one of the interactions hard of hearing people have that can cause them to withdraw socially - imagine being dismissed out-of-hand, and made to feel like your comprehension of the conversation isn't worth the effort of simply repeating [...]

By |2018-06-21T23:55:15+00:00June 21st, 2018|Blog, Hearing Tips|0 Comments

Noisy Toys 2017: Is That Toy Too Loud?

Every fall, the Sight and Hearing Association tests a variety of toys on the market to find out how loud they are. It doesn't take as much as you think for a sound to be loud enough to cause damage, and the Sight and Hearing Association has rated Noisy Toys annually for two decades. So, before [...]

By |2018-01-11T17:05:15+00:00November 16th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Meniere’s Disease

Meniere's Disease is typically characterized by bouts of vertigo, tinnitus, and a feeling of fullness in the ear. It can also cause progressive hearing loss. Let's take a look at Meniere's Disease's effect on hearing, and how your audiologist can help diagnose and mitigate symptoms. What's Meniere's Disease? Have you been diagnosed with Meniere's Disease? [...]

By |2018-01-11T17:02:13+00:00October 16th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Hidden Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is often very subtle. It's something that comes on slowly, and before you realize it, you can't hear as well as you used to. Hearing loss can happen at any age, and can be really tough to accept and seek treatment for. People often feel they can "get by" without hearing help, and [...]

By |2017-10-02T19:08:08+00:00October 2nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Education Access for Hearing 101: Your Child’s Rights

One of the toughest things to navigate with your hard of hearing child is how to access hearing assistive technology through the school system and the specialized instruction they need to succeed. Understanding their education access rights is the first step in advocating for your child. It's important for you, the parents or caregivers, to know your [...]

By |2017-01-17T21:45:41+00:00January 17th, 2017|Education|0 Comments

Holiday Hearing Tips

The holidays can be frustrating if you are hard of hearing and wear hearing aids. Background noise, multiple conversations and dim lights can make navigating these gatherings difficult. With a little preparation you can help yourself and your hosts make the most of the time you spend together. Check out our holiday hearing tips! Get Your Hearing [...]

By |2017-01-17T23:03:50+00:00December 21st, 2016|Hearing Tips|2 Comments

Hearing Aids Clinic


Dr. Evonne Serpa, Au.D.
Hearing Resources Audiology Center
4311 NE Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97213
Phone: 503-774-3668