Albuquerque Hearing & Balance

"Enjoy the sounds of life"
10700 Corrales Rd NW Ste I Albuquerque, NM 87114

Clinic staff


Carol Clifford


Dr. Carol Clifford is the founder of Albuquerque Hearing & Balance and dedicated to excellent patient care. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, a Master’s degree from Northwestern University and a Doctorate in audiology from A.T. Still University. Dr. Clifford experience began working with over 100 physicians in the Chicago Suburbs where she specialized in medical diagnosis and non-medical treatment of hearing loss and balance for people from young to old. She returned to Albuquerque in 1995 to work at the University of New Mexico as the Audiology Clinic Director and opened Albuquerque Hearing & Balance in 1998.


Tammy Sawyer


Tammy Sawyer has been with  Albuquerque Hearing & Balance since 2011. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in Sociology and Psychology and her Master’s in Audiology from Minot State University..  She was a counselor at Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf in West Trenton and as a Hearing Aid Dispenser for the Canadian Hearing Society. Tammy has been developing diagnostic programs for testing infants and children as well as patients in hospital settings. She also has served as a Pediatric Audiologist at both Sebastian County Health Clinic in Ft. Smith, Arkansas & at Welsely Medical Center in Wichita Kansas.  Before joining Albuquerque Hearing Associates, Tammy’s expertise in diagnostics combined with her warm mannered nature allows her to successfully help Albuquerque Hearing Associates reach more people with hearing loss!


Elaine Almquist


Elaine Almquist has been with Albuquerque Hearing & Balance since 2012. Elaine earned a B.A. in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of New Mexico along with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Professional Writing. She also earned  her Doctorate of Audiology degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Elaine completed her internship at a Santa Fe ENT clinic, primarily performing balance testing. After completing her degree requirements, she spent two more years in Santa Fe fitting hearing devices. Still living in Santa Fe, she enjoys spending quiet weekends in her xeriscaped garden. Her competence in understanding the hearing needs of our patients is something we all admire.


Katie Burke


Katie Burke joined Albuquerque Hearing & Balance in May, 2014. She grew up in northern Illinois and received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Iowa in 2008. In May, 2013, she was awarded her Doctorate of Audiology degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, Katie spent a year working at an Ear, Nose, and Throat clinic in Santa Fe performing diagnostic hearing and balance testing, as well as fitting hearing aids. She has rapidly become an expert in diagnosing balance disorders. Her favorite part of audiology is meeting new people and helping to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Katie enjoys hiking, running, camping, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.


Tara Harmon-McElheney


Tara Harmon-McElheney joined Albuquerque Hearing & Balance in June 2015.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of New Mexico in 2010 and her Doctoral degree from  Louisiana Tech University in May, 2016. Tara is pleased to have returned home to family. She is eager to serve her community while expanding her knowledge in such a diverse clinical setting. When not studying, Tara enjoys spending time with her family, baking, traveling and crafts.


Jonni Gardey


Jonni Gardey joined Albuquerque Hearing & Balance in January 2015. Jonni completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders in 1995, her Master’s in Audiology in 1997, and her Doctoral degree in Audiology in 2003. As a veteran of the United States Air Force, Jonni wanted to work with veterans experiencing hearing loss; she did just that at the Albuquerque Raymond G. Murphy Medical Center, from 1997 until retiring in Fall 2014. She has a keen sense of the damage that noise can do to a person’s hearing. Jonni’s passion is hearing instruments and all the associated devices that can greatly enhance a person’s world. 

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Read 84 verified patient reviews for Albuquerque Hearing & Balance! Their average review score is 4.96 () from 84 reviews.

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“Carol and all the staff at AHB have been amazing! They have gone above and beyond to help me through an extremely difficult time and taken personal interest in my needs as an individual. Highly recommend!”

of Los Lunas, NM   
01/24/2019    Review received via mail
5 out of 5 1.

“The staff here are extremely friendly and helpful. I highly recommend these top notch audiologists and staff. ”

of Albuquerque, NM   
01/14/2019    Review received via mail
5 out of 5 1.

“I liked everything since the minute we walked in. Fast service, great workers and Maria was awesome, kind, my mom felt real relaxed, comfortable. I was very happy with the service today. Great job, thank you. ”

of Los Lunas, NM   
01/14/2019    Review received via mail
5 out of 5 1.

“Tara is so nice and professional at what she does. I feel so comfortable and relaxed. Thank you Tara. ”

of Albuquerque, NM   
01/02/2019    Review received via mail
5 out of 5 1.

“I was very apprehensive about getting hearing aids but I have had a great experience at ALB Hearing and Balance. Maria Jaunakais has answered every question I have had, taken extra time when needed and always offered solutions to any issue I am having! I highly recommend them to anyone who asks me. ”

of Rio Rancho, NM   
11/29/2018    Review received via mail
5 out of 5 1.

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About this clinic

Our services include the following:

  • comprehensive hearing evaluations and testing
  • hearing aid sales – latest technology
  • hearing aid dispensing and fittings
  • hearing aid accessories
  • hearing aid service including cleaning, checks, maintenance and repairs
  • custom earmolds and hearing protection
  • hearing aid batteries
  • assistive listening devices
  • tinnitus


Clinic services

Albuquerque Hearing & Balance is committed to providing the highest level of service with state of the art technology. You can expect to receive the attention and care that you need in order to make the best decision regarding hearing solutions for yourself. We are committed to becoming the leading provider of quality hearing services in New Mexico. Our goal is to surpassed our patient's expectations on a daily basis. We believe our job is to serve as an educational resource on hearing - from caring and preserving the hearing you do have to the avenues available for rehabilitation when hearing is lost.

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Hours of operation

Monday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
by appointment
Tuesday9:00 am - 6:00 pm
by appointment
Wednesday9:00 am - 6:00 pm
by appointment
Thursday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
by appointment
Friday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
by appointment

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  • Discover
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  • Financial aid
  • Financing available for those who qualify
  • Insurance accepted, please call for details
Disclaimer: This clinic profile is for general information purposes only. Financial aid and insurance coverage can vary widely by policy and should be verified with the provider before services are rendered.