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Audiologist serves the poor, celebrities for hearing health
Dr. Ronna Fisher, founder and audiologist with the Hearing Health Center, has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Lady Gaga, Kenny Rogers and Roger Daltrey.
She fits the musicians and singers with ear monitors, so they can regulate what they hear on stage during their performances. She does that by making impressions inside the ear with a pliable material so the custom fit allows the monitor to fit well.
Fisher often goes to Chicago area music venues when doing ear monitors. But in the case of Hall of Fame rocker Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, she went to his suite at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Chicago.
“I was joking and asked him ‘Are you deaf,’ and his whole entourage nodded their heads,” laughed Fisher, 62. “I then asked him when was his last hearing test.”
For 33 years, Fisher has been working with adults and children around the suburbs by providing hearing tests and hearing aids. She now has five offices in Naperville, Oak Brook, Highland Park and two in Chicago. She said many people lose their hearing for various reasons, including long-term exposure to loud noise, age and certain medications.
As for Daltrey, he went to Fisher for a hearing test and was fitted with an aid about 3 years ago. Since then, Daltrey returns to her for a check up whenever he’s in town, she said.
Fisher, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, grew up while her father exhibited hearing problems. That’s what led her to become an audiologist. Besides local residents and the occasional celebrity, Fisher helps those who cannot afford to get a tests or aids through her Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health. “I’ve been in this business for 33 years and I still want to help people,” she said.