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

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Helping U Hear: Our Story

Helping U Hear is an independent practice owned and operated by Dr. Leah Uthe, and founded by Dr. Sandra Hobson. Dr. Hobson opened Helping U Hear 29 years ago, after teaching for 5 years at the local medical University, so she could help those in her community hear better. Dr. Hobson decided to "pass the baton" to her colleague Dr. Leah Uthe in early 2021 as she prepares for retirement. Dr. Uthe has lived and worked in the Des Moines metro since 2013. She has dedicated the past 11 years to working with the hearing impaired and hearing aids. She is excited to join the Helping U Hear family. Our audiologists are dedicated to educating patients on their hearing health and managing hearing loss through more than just hearing aids. They are, also, advocates for finding funding when clients are unable to pay.

At Helping U Hear, we are dedicated to finding individualized solutions for you. When you come to our independent practice, you’ll be treated like family, because that’s who operates our practice. Trust your hearing with audiologists who understand the first-hand effects of hearing loss and want to help you hear better.

Dr. Hobson has first-hand experience with hearing loss as she has worn hearing aids since she was a child. Her experience and unique perspective allows her to better help patients manage their hearing loss.

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Leah Uthe


Dr. Sandra Hobson, an audiologist des moines

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 Helping U Hear 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 Helping U Hear 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 Helping U Hear 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 Helping U Hear. 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 Helping U Hear she is ready to assist you with your hearing healthcare and insurance questions.

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