The following article, from the May 12th Chicago Tribune, tells how hearing loss can create life-altering anguish for aging parents and their extended families, most of which can be avoided or greatly diminished by testing and treatment. I watched male loved ones deny their hearing loss. Left untreated, it devastated their lives. Purging closets bursting […]
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Did you know that 1 in 10 people in the US have diabetes? That’s 34.2 million Americans! Diabetes causes a partial or absolute deficiency of insulin. Insulin is responsible for creating enzymes that break down fat, starches, and sugar in the blood. An increase in blood sugar damages the inner lining of arteries. The body […]
Whether you are a new patient that hasn’t had a hearing test since 3rd grade, or a patient who has been wearing hearing aids for years, you probably think you’re doing just fine. Well maybe you are and maybe you’re not! The thing is, you probably don’t even know. Who knows you better than anyone? […]
5 Summer Activities That Can Permanently Cause Damage and Alter Your Life Fireworks From Memorial Day to Labor Day, elaborate firework displays reign supreme. Most fireworks have sound upwards of 125 dB, (think diesel engines or the level of sound which actually causes pain), easily causing permanent hearing damage. Outdoor Concerts Summer festivals, outdoor […]
In the past year, the phrase “staying in” has taken on a new meaning. The general public was encouraged to stay in their homes to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a recommendation that stayed in effect for months. For some, their duration of the “stay-at-home” orders were spent with immediate family. For others, it brought […]
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Itchy, Itchy Ears: Common Causes and Solutions By Dr. Hilary MacCrae, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA When asking about ears, every audiologist has heard this: “My ears don’t hurt, but they itch a lot!” Whether or not a person uses hearing aids, itching in the ears is very common. But why? A lot of things can cause […]
Untreated hearing problems are the number one modifiable risk factor for dementia. Even mild levels of hearing loss can double your risk. Dr. Katrina Lapham, an audiologist from Chicago’s Hearing Health Center discusses how to join the fight to battle dementia by getting your hearing tested free of charge. Plus, Hearing Health Center will donate $20 to the Alzheimer’s Association in your name. It’s our way of helping to protect your hearing and preserve your brain. Visit our website to make your appointment today at https://hearinghealthcenter.com/hearing-and-alzheimers/
The Ear is the Window to the Heart Learn what your hearing can tell us about your heart health! Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States today. According to the CDC, one person dies every 36 seconds from cardiovascular disease. The term “heart disease” can […]
Dr. Amanda McFadden, Au.D., received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Iowa. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Audiology from Illinois State University, graduating in 2018. During her graduate years, she was actively involved in Illinois State’s chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology.
Dr. McFadden always knew that she wanted to be in a helping profession. As she was growing up, Dr. McFadden witnessed the effect that hearing loss had on her grandfather’s life, and as a result has an acute understanding of the impact that hearing loss has on communication and relationships.
In Dr. McFadden’s words: “I believe that many patients do not realize all they are missing when hearing loss goes untreated. As an audiologist, I feel fortunate to improve the quality of life for my patients. It is truly rewarding when my patients share their success stories about what they can hear now, and how their friends and family have positively reacted!”
Outside of work, Dr. McFadden enjoys exploring Chicago and visiting friends and family. She loves visiting Colorado for the beautiful weather and views. Her parents live there, near Boulder, so she tries to visit every chance she gets!
Dr. Trittschuh earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language and Hearing Science from Purdue University. She then received her Doctorate in Audiology from Rush University. She holds the Certification of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
From a young age, Dr. Trittschuh knew she wanted to pursue a career in a healthcare profession. She chose to specialize in audiology in order to help her patients reconnect with those who matter most and provide access to the beautiful sounds of life. Dr. Trittschuh enjoys seeing her patients experience the benefits of cutting-edge technology available at Hearing Health Center. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to improve their quality of life.
When she is not at the office, Dr. Trittschuh is an avid marathon runner and enjoys spending time with her friends, family and dog, Sydney. She loves to travel and learn more about different cultures and food.
Dr. Katrina Lapham, Au.D., earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Maine. She then earned her Doctorate in Audiology from Northwestern University.
Knowing how important hearing is for cognitive health and maintaining healthy relationships, Dr. Lapham is passionate about managing her patients’ hearing ability. She wants to positively impact every patient’s life so they can participate in important conversations with people they care about. “Every patient is unique, with different needs and goals. I want to find the best combination of technology and communication strategies to meet the needs of each patient.”
When she is not working, Dr. Lapham enjoys exploring Chicago and trying new restaurants. She loves visiting her family in Maine and spending time outdoors.