Dr. Ronna Fisher established the Hearing Health Center in 1984 to honor her father.
“He started having difficulty understanding clearly when he was in his 30’s due to rheumatic fever as a child. Every doctor told him hearing aids would not help and to just ‘learn to live with it.’ My refusal to accept that poor advice led to her dedication to a career in Audiology.
“My father missed out on so much of my life,” she says “and it didn’t have to be that way.”
“His inability to hear and understand clearly impacted every aspect of family life. Marital disagreements ensued, his job and business were affected, and friendships were lost As his hearing got worse, so did his depression, anger, frustration and withdrawal from life. I was never able to help my father. He died at age 53 while I was in graduate school for Audiology.”
Hearing Health Center has grown into one of the nation’s most respected and prominent hearing practices and Dr. Ronna Fisher has become one of America’s most passionate advocates for hearing health, education and patient care.
The Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health Care, founded by Dr. Ronna Fisher has been providing hearing services, treatment and hearing aids to anyone in need since 2005.
Explaining the Foundation’s dedication to children with brain cancer, Dr. Fisher says, “The treatment that saves the lives of these children, chemotherapy and radiation, causes permanent hearing loss in nearly 70% of those that survive.
“Children are in the peak of their learning period. They learn by hearing and imitating their teachers, peers and family. Lack of treatment results in learning and cognitive delays, low self- confidence, difficulty socializing and limited career choices. They will never reach their full potential.
“Hearing aids are the only treatment. They are expensive and not covered by insurance. Families, overwhelmed with medical expenses, have nowhere to turn for guidance, support or financial help. Now they do.”
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.
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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 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. Ning Jing, Au.D, FAAA, received his Master’s Degrees in both Audiology and Education from the University of Cincinnati. He later earned his doctorate degree in Audiology from Salus University of Pennsylvania in 2006. 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.
In Dr. Jing’s words: “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 issues, speech processing issues, or dizziness.”
Dr. Jing is committed to helping his patients regain and maintain these simple joys of life. His 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 so 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 several prestigious awards for excellence at Rush University in Chicago, graduating in 2013 with his Doctorate of Audiology degree. 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 and Park Ridge offices.Click here to send a message to Dr. Risley
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., FAAA 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., FAAA, 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
“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.”
“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. I have my life back, all thanks to the kindest, caring, most competent team (who really feel more like friends) at Hearing Health Center.”
“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.”
“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. 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?'”
“I am ever so happy with the audiologist, support staff, and follow up. It couldn’t be better.”
“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.”
“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!”