In practice for over 18 years!
Our practice history
Born of opportunity and good timing, Audiology Services & Hearing Aid Center traces its humble beginnings back to 1996, when a hearing impaired mother, Mandi Solat, drove several days each week to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley – three children in tow – to earn a Master of Audiology degree.
With the full understanding and support of Mandi’s husband, Larry Solat, that was the first step toward establishing one of the area’s leading audiology practices and hearing aid centers; one that has earned the confidence and trust of thousands of Lakewood-area residents and every major hearing aid manufacturer in the world.
Salt Lake City Olympics February 2002. This is the exact week Audiology Services and Hearing Aid Center opened!
Dr. Mandi Solat has experienced progressive, genetically related hearing loss since age 8. Larry Solat is a hearing aid wearer and advocate for locally owned business and community health. Together, they are Audiology Services & Hearing Aid Center of Lakewood, Colorado.
[For a more complete picture of Mandi’s journey from an 8-year old who felt shame in wearing hearing aids, to her current position as solutions provider and advocate for those with hearing loss, please read her story.
The Solat’s continue to be leaders in the ever-changing world of audiology and hearing technology. They’ve gone from servicing wire-based hearing aids, to embracing the industry’s first wireless models, to joining the revolution that came with models that can communicate with each other, sync up with cell phones, and link directly to the Internet. Larry and Mandi continue to harness leading edge hearing aid and testing technology, as well as medical knowledge, while serving the greater Lakewood community with testing, sales, service, cleaning, and repairs.
Ever Growing Knowledge
In 2015, secure in having seen her children complete high school and having conquered their busy schedule (twin boys were active in travel hockey and now play in college, and a daughter figure skated competitively) Mandi enrolled in the Audiology Doctorate program at A.T. Still University of Mesa, AZ. She completed her studies in 2017 as Mandi Karen Solat, AuD, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average, and earning the school’s Student Leadership Award. She furthers her knowledge of audiology with continuing education classes and attending American Academy of Audiology conventions with Larry.
Larry was working as a technical sales manager before joining the practice full time in 2006. He took a deep interest in the mechanics of hearing aids and continues to monitor the intricacies of models issued by all manufacturers.
Years of attending concerts and playing guitar caught up to Larry in 2016, when he was fitted for his first hearing aid, the Oticon OPN, one of the industry’s first in-ear models that connected to wireless devices and the Internet without the need for a streaming adapter. The invention of the Oticon OPN has helped Larry and Audiology Services leverage their thorough understanding of devices to help more people across all age groups hear clearly.
Treating Patients, Meeting Hearing Device Needs in the Age of Coronavirus
Mandi and Larry have always taken great pride in getting to know their patients well. As both suffer from hearing loss, they understand the care and skill necessary to diagnose hearing loss and fine-tune devices that meet the specific needs of each wearer. With the onset of a Coronavirus pandemic, however, meeting those needs in a personal yet safe manner has required patience and innovation.
On March 23rd, 2020, walk-in visits to the office were suspended. During that time, the Solat’s operated curbside and mail order services for the testing, repair, and cleaning of hearing aids. Those drive-up and mail-in services have also proven successful for performing emergency hearing aid repairs and delivering needed supplies to patients.
The isolation imposed by the pandemic on their community also gave the couple an opportunity to leverage their knowledge of remotely programming hearing aids. Remote programming is done with the assistance of a patient’s cell phone or computer, via an online connection to Audiology & Hearing Aid Services. This service is fast and convenient for patients; it also helps many to stay at home and reduce potential Coronavirus exposure.
When the office reopened on May 8, limited office hours were restored in accordance with social distancing rules set forth by the State of Colorado. Audiology and Hearing Aid Services will continue to operate in a manner that helps keep patients safe and minimize potential exposure to Coronavirus for as long as state and federal guidelines mandate, and in ways that medical authorities deem appropriate.
But the Solat’s vow that nothing – not rain, nor snow, nor pandemic – will stand in the way of getting to know and keep up with their clients, many of whom they have had relationships with for about 20 years.