WHY HEARING HEALTH CENTER
We believe in relationships, not transactions. Hearing care and treatment is not just a one-time purchase or visit. As Doctors of Audiology, we are concerned with your overall health. Your medical history, medications, and conditions are key factors in determining the best treatment for you. Just like with your internist, dentist, and other medical specialists you see, someone who knows you, your history, your family, and your needs is always best. Changes in your medications, heart function, memory, blood pressure, and other medical conditions can affect and cause changes in your hearing and processing ability.
We want to be the doctors you trust to coordinate your hearing health with the rest of your health.
We do not treat ears. We treat the brain. You do not hear with your ear. Your ears are merely appendages to catch sound and send it to your brain. Your brain processes and makes sense of the sound transmitted from your ears. It is critical for the brain to receive the correct amount and quality of sound stimulation. Hearing Health Center was the first practice, nationwide, to recognize “auditory deprivation”. Inadequate auditory stimulation to the brain causes physical (loss of brain tissue and brain shrinkage) and processing (inability to understand clearly) deterioration.
We offer and utilize every manufacturer, model, and type of hearing aid/device. Most hearing aid practices and dispensers use one or two hearing aid manufacturers or brands. Uniquely, Hearing Health Center has access to every manufacturer and type of hearing device available. We want to make sure that you get what is right for you.
We specialize in re-training the brain. Hearing treatment is more than just putting a piece of plastic on or in your ears. The best hearing treatment…successful hearing treatment…requires verification of the sound reaching your brain and training the brain how to accept, integrate, and use all of the new stimulation.
Awards and Achievements
- State of Illinois Outstanding Audiology Service Award
- Voted best hearing practice in Illinois ( three years in a row) from Hearing Review Journal
- State of Illinois Hometown Hero Award
- Women in Business Award
- Introduced digital hearing aid technology to Chicago
- First practice in the country to fit the tiny, in-the-canal hearing aid
- Introduced the revolutionary Lyric (the totally invisible, extended wear hearing device) in Chicago and Western suburbs
- Beta test site for manufacturers’ technological advancements
- Wrote the nationally utilized program, “Your Journey to Successful Communication”
- Wrote a “Proven Process” to guarantee your success
Hearing Health Center (HHC) was founded in 1984 by Dr. Ronna Fisher, Au.D., because of her experience watching her father struggle with an increased difficulty hearing and communicating. “My father’s hearing didn’t just affect him; it affected our entire family. He missed so much of my life, and it didn’t have to be that way.”
The practice has grown to become Chicago’s premier hearing facility. The doctors of audiology at Hearing Health Center are renowned for their skill in comprehensive hearing assessments, diagnosing and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, and prescribing and individually tuning every type of hearing aid and personal communication device available.
HHC in the Press
Below are links to our blog posts referencing Hearing Health Center in the news; click to read the full post and learn more about how we serve the Chicago area community.
Medications According to the Government Accountability Office, only 1 to 10% of all adverse side effects are reported to the FDA. In a case of notable regulatory short-sightedness, drug companies are only required to report adverse effects they deem “statistically significant.” Many medications cause hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), cognitive disorders and memory […]
Falls and Balance Hospitals and doctors’ offices nationwide might have avoided nearly 2000 patient deaths and thousands more emergency room visits if medical staff and patients communicated better. Those with hearing loss misunderstand over 50% of instructions given by physicians and health providers. According to a recent report published in the journal JAMA, there is […]
Falls and Balance Dizziness and balance problems increase significantly with age. Over 70% of those over age 65 seek treatment and one third of everyone over 65 will fall. (Center for Disease Control). Falls are the leading cause of death over age 65. THE LINK A recent study done by Johns Hopkins School of […]
Hearing loss is the most common chronic condition associated with depression in people 60 years or older (JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. 2017), particularly in women. The National Council on Aging found that wearing hearing aids helps prevent social isolation and depression. Most impressive is the study published in the Archives of Gerontology […]