Dr. Ronna Fisher, Au.D., FAAA established Hearing Health Center in 1984 in honor of her father, whom she never had a chance to help. “My dad died at 53 years old, while I was still in graduate school. Because I couldn’t change his life, I’ve dedicated mine to making sure my patients don’t miss the important moments and voices in their lives.”
“My dad started having trouble with his hearing in his thirties as a result of rheumatic fever. As his hearing got worse, my parents stopped doing a lot of things and going to places they once enjoyed. They quit going to movies and plays because he couldn’t understand most of what was said. Restaurants were torture – he missed the punch line of jokes and couldn’t participate in most of the conversations. Places that had background noise or lots of people were always sources of embarrassment and humiliation. My dad’s inability to hear clearly didn’t just affect him. If affected everyone around him. My mother would accuse him of not listening and not paying attention to her. His colleagues thought he was “stuck up” when he didn’t acknowledge their greetings. Clients were disgruntled when he misheard what they said. His children, including me, were impatient and angry at having to repeat everything all the time. The most common phrases around our house were ‘never mind,’ ‘forget it,’ and ‘it’s not important.’ Well, it was important. My dad missed so much of my life – and it didn’t have to be that way.”
Dr. Fisher founded the Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health Care, a not for profit organization, in 2005. The goals of the Foundation are:
Provide-“No one should ever be denied the ability to communicate because of money. We provide hearing aids and services to anyone that can’t afford them and get help through other means.”
Educate-“You don’t hear with your ears. You hear with your brain. Most people don’t realize how much just a little bit of lack of clarity can impact their brain. They think difficulty hearing and getting older are normal. It is never normal not to hear. And even a little bit of difficulty means the brain isn’t getting stimulated. Any lack of stimulation causes memory problems, increases the risk of losing your balance and falling, and causes a degeneration of brain tissue and grey matter. People need to know this.”
Donate-“We want to give back to those that help and protect us. The number one disability of our troops returning from overseas is hearing loss and tinnitus. The exposure to gunfire and land mine explosions cause irreversible damage to the brain and auditory system. It can be prevented with adequate protection.
Dr. Fisher received her doctoral degree in Audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, has earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, and is an active member of the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists, American Tinnitus Association, and the Illinois Academy of Audiology.Click here to send a message to Dr. Fisher
Dr. Ashley St. Peter, Au.D., FAAA, graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Doctorate in Audiology in 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and sciences from Eastern Illinois University. Dr. St. Peter is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, American Speech Language and Hearing Association, and the Illinois Academy of Audiology.
“I believe that hearing connects people and helps to build relationships. It gives me great joy to be able to improve an individual’s quality of life, not only for that person, but for the loved ones around them. It’s life changing for me to see patients regain their lives and have relationships restored. Every day is another opportunity to change someone’s life; what can be better than that?”
When not at Hearing Health Center treating patients, Dr. St. Peter enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys running, cooking, and reading a good book.
Dr. St. Peter has been with Hearing Health Center since June 2012, and practices in our Highland Park office.Click here to send a message to Dr. St. Peter
Dr. Jing, Au.D, FAAA, received his master’s degree in both audiology and education from the University of Cincinnati and his doctorate degree in audiology from Salus University in Pennsylvania. As an experienced clinical audiologist, he was trained and has practiced at the University of California at San Francisco, University of Chicago Hospitals, Mercy Hospital in Chicago, and private physician’s offices. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Jing states,
“Some of life’s greatest joys come in the simplest forms—gatherings with friends, a walk through the neighborhood, or the sound of your child’s laughter. These joys need not and should not be diminished due to clarity speech processing issues or dizziness.”
Dr. Jing is committed to helping his patients regain and maintain these simple joys of life. Dr. Jing’s goal is to treat each patient as his family and provide them with the most accurate diagnosis and appropriate amplification to help them hear as well as possible.
Dr. Jing finds it very rewarding when his patients begin to enjoy their lives again with amplification. He states that one of the most rewarding things is to see children benefit and grow with the help of amplification. One patient was from a new immigrant family and was very difficult to test. After spending time with her and completing the diagnosis, Dr. Jing was able to help her with amplification, and FM systems. Now she is very happy with her school and her English is improving. Dr. Jing says, “Seeing her smiling face is one of the most rewarding for me.”
When not at Hearing Health Center, treating patients, Dr. Jing enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Jing has been with Hearing Health Center since May 2004, and practices in our Naperville office.Click here to send a message to Dr. Jing
Dr. Robert Risley, Au.D., FAAA, earned his Doctorate of Audiology degree and several prestigious awards for excellence at Rush University in Chicago. Additionally, he holds an M.A. research degree in neuroscience and hearing science from Northwestern University. Dr. Risley’s undergraduate degree in Biological Psychology is from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at both national and international conventions.
Dr. Risley has a deep and personal connection with the hearing impaired. His father suffers from single-sided deafness and has a significant clarity speech processing difficulty with his better-hearing ear. His father’s clarity speech processing difficulty prevented his ability to participate in the U.S. Air Force and constantly hindered his social interactions with friends and family. Dr. Risley is from a small factory city where a large number of family members and friends have hearing problems from exposure to loud machinery noise. His father-in-law also has significant clarity speech processing difficulties.
These personal relationships and his extensive training as an audiologist have made Dr. Risley aware of the social, emotional, and economic challenges faced by those with clarity speech processing issues. He is acutely sensitive to the effort and strain that comes from trying to hide clarity processing difficulties from friends and family. For all of these reasons, Dr. Risley is passionate about helping people become reconnected with the hearing world to lead a richer and fuller life.
Dr. Risley’s extensive research background keeps him connected to the latest clinical research and enables him to provide the most up-to-date information, technology, and patient care at Hearing Health Center. He is committed to finding the best hearing solution for each patient.
Dr. Risley is strongly involved in the audiology community, holds a position at the Illinois Academy of Audiology, and is an active volunteer and fellow for the American Academy of Audiology. When not at HHC, Dr. Risley enjoys spending time with his friends and family, trying out new restaurants, traveling, and reading.
Dr. Risley has been with Hearing Health Center since July 2013, and practices in our Oak Brook office.Click here to send a message to Dr. Risley
Dr. Melissa Mandra, Au.D., attended Marquette University to receive her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology with a double minor in family studies and psychology. In May 2014, she graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Doctor of Audiology degree.
Through her clinical experiences, Dr. Mandra has developed a strong sense of devotion for all patients to receive the best hearing health care. Her own personal experiences regarding loved ones impacted by clarity speech processing difficulties have provided her with a deep appreciation for her patients and their significant others. Dr. Mandra strongly believes in the importance of building and maintaining long-lasting relationships with her patients, which contributes significantly to the quality of care she delivers.
Dr. Mandra was born in Seoul, South Korea, but raised in a suburb of Chicago. She hopes to travel and explore the great wonders of all seven continents some day in the future. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, friends, and beloved dogs.
Dr. Mandra has been with Hearing Health Center since July 2014, and practices in our Oak Brook and Park Ridge offices.Click here to send a message to Dr. Mandra
Dr. Jaclyn Riel, Au.D., CCC-A received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Doctorate in Audiology from Illinois State University. After graduating in 2011, Dr. Riel became a member of the American Academy of Audiology, American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and Illinois Academy of Audiology.
In Dr. Riel’s words: “I love helping people reclaim their lives and independence through hearing. When people can’t communicate effectively, they tend to withdraw from their family and friends and become isolated. I take great joy in seeing how my patients’ lives transform as they discover how much they had been missing!”
When not at Hearing Health Center treating patients, Dr. Riel enjoys spending time with her friends and family (particularly her nieces and nephews), and she loves to travel and explore new places!
Dr. Riel has been with Hearing Health Center since September 2016, and practices in our downtown Chicago office.Click here to send a message to Dr. Riel
Dr. Laura Buskirk, Au.D. received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University, and went on to obtain her Doctorate in Audiology from Illinois State University, graduating in 2017.
Dr. Buskirk is committed to establishing lifelong relationships with her patients and their families. Hearing loss is personal to Dr. Buskirk- several members of her family have hearing loss, so she is acutely aware of how it can affect the individual as well as those they love. Dr. Buskirk has seen the positive effects that hearing aids have had on several of her own family members, and strives every day to bring that same opportunity to her patients and their families.
During her undergraduate studies, Dr. Buskirk spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy and she loves to travel. She also enjoys outdoor concerts, running along Lake Michigan, and trying new restaurants.
Dr. Buskirk has been with Hearing Health Center since May 2015, and practices in our downtown Chicago office.Click here to send a message to Dr. Buskirk
Dr. Alissa Nickerson, Au.D., F-AAA, received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Illinois. Dr. Nickerson graduated in 2017, and has since become a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Illinois Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Nickerson knows first-hand the importance of hearing for good communication and strong relationships, as many of her own family members have had hearing loss. She enjoys connecting people back to their loved ones through the gift of hearing.
When not at Hearing Health Center treating patients, Dr. Nickerson enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.
Dr. Nickerson has been with Hearing Health Center since July 2017, and practices in our Naperville office.Click here to send a message to Dr. Nickerson
My first appointment with The Hearing Health Center was the first day of the rest of my (new) life. My experience was life changing. Literally. Words matter and yet I have difficulty finding the words that could begin to truly describe my larger than life experience. Today I feel healthier as a result of my “ear buds”, as my youngest grandson calls them. I can hear the precious voices of my son and my grandchildren; I can hear them laugh again. Cry again. Ask me to play with them. I can hear the wind in the trees, the birdies singing and the rain as it comes down from the Heavens. I’m not exhausted from trying to hear all the time. Gone is the need to isolate myself because I can’t hear. I have my life back, all thanks to the kindest, caring, most competent team (who really feel more like friends) at the Oakbrook Hearing Health Center.
“Because of the outstanding professional care that I have received from you and everyone there at the Hearing Health Center I feel compelled now to write to you in order to express my regard and my appreciation for the wonderful work you are doing on behalf of so many of us who have suffered from hearing impairment.
Your patience, your constant updating of better procedures, your willingness to follow up, and the results that I have experienced because of you and your coworkers there has truly improved the quality of life for me and for so many others who have benefited not only from your expertise but from how sincerely you all do care about your patients.
You don’t just do it the “easy way.” You do it the right way! And I am but one of many people who is able to enjoy myself more fully because of what you have done on my behalf.”
“Now that I know I can hear, the only ‘problem’ that remains for me is continuing to learn how to hear. I’ve spent most of the last 23 days going through Hearing Health Center’s step-by-step guide to adjusting to my new hearing aid. That book—written by Hearing Health Center staff—is worth the price of the hearing aid! From the moment I first walked in the door at Hearing Health Center, I was treated like a friend, not a patient!”
“The hearing analysis was very thorough, and, as a result, my hearing aids have made a positive difference in my life.
“It is the one doctor’s office I always feel better leaving. It is a friendly family feeling. I would highly recommend the Hearing Health Center! Hearing Health Center is the Mayo Clinic for hearing.”
“The Hearing Health Center experience was EXCELLENT! The staff was very caring and understanding of my situation! They’re always there when I have any problems with my hearing or hearing devices. I always recommend Hearing Health Center when anyone asks me about my hearing devices. My friends and family are very impressed because they didn’t even know I wore hearing devices until I told them!”
“After trying other hearing doctors, I found Hearing Health Center to help me with tinnitus and limited hearing in my left ear. I am so thankful I found them. The doctors at HHC are extremely knowledgeable, understanding, and helpful. In my opinion, there are no better people for your hearing health than those at Hearing Health Center. Their products are superlative, and the doctors of audiology are very attentive to setting your aids correctly and not just turning them on and sending you on your way. I tell all my friends with hearing problems, ‘Go to Hearing Health Center! You will NOT be disappointed.'”
“It is so much easier to hear my family and friends speaking. Hearing better and clearer makes my life more enjoyable and pleasant. I no longer need to ask, ‘What did you say?’ Dr. Jing is very thorough in explaining what I need to know. He is patient and concerned that my hearing aids are amplifying sound correctly and for my needs. Everyone at the Center is always cheerful and helpful.”
“I am ever so happy with the audiologist, support staff, and follow up. It couldn’t be better (and I have 20 years of experience at the other place).”
“Sounds have become clearer; speaking, listening, and understanding have all improved. So has my confidence at social meetings. I would encourage all in need to make an appointment.”
“I can’t imagine better attention to my hearing at any other facility than Oak Brook, IL. Thank you.”