Biography & Education

Dr. Samaniego is board certified in audiology. She specializes in vestibular studies, auditory processing and hearing loss, and amplification and hearing devices. Dr. Samaniego believes that compassionate listening is the key to developing the best plan of care for each and every patient. Because everyone approaches things differently and has unique issues, taking the time to understand their needs and concerns will allow her to offer the best hearing and balance solutions. For fun, she likes to cook for and spend time with family and friends. Travel is a close second.
  • English

Care Locations

Minor and James First Hill Medical Building
First Hill Medical Building
515 Minor Ave.
Seattle 98104
Affiliated Facilities
Accepting New Patients



Health Consequences Associated With Untreated Hearing Loss

February 23, 2015
As research continues in the area of untreated hearing loss more and more findings show that it is not worth it to wait to do something about hearing deficits.  Current research is showing correlations between untreated hearing loss and dementia, depression, heart disease, and diabetes, as well as increased mortality. A study published in the Archives of Neurology on February 14, 2011 found that hearing loss was associated with dementia (all causes).  They noted that the greater the hearing loss the more at risk a person was for dementia.  Additionally, they noted that for individuals in their study over the age of sixty, more than one-third of the subjects with risk of dementia had associated hearing loss.  One reason that may support these findings would be the exhausting of cognitive reserves; in other words more brain power goes into straining to listen for comprehension of speech than other cognitive processes, like working memory. Another study ...


Clinical Interests
  • Hearing Loss


Patient Ratings and Comments
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4.6 out of 5 (31 Ratings, 2 Comments)


She is terrific.
Swedish Patient

Intend to follow-up with this caregiver.
Swedish Patient