• Hearing testing with audiologist and patient

Restoring the Sounds Around You

Hearing loss is much more common than you might think. Nearly one in five adults in the United States — 48 million — report some degree of hearing loss; and at age 65, one in three is affected.

Jackie Medley of Tinley Park is among them. But it hasn’t cramped her style. The 88-year-old dynamo volunteers at the Ingalls Infusion Center in Tinley Park every week. She also travels, snorkels, kayaks, fishes and walks whenever she can.

Two hearing aids from the Ingalls Audiology Center keep the retired teacher and great-grandmother of eight communicating well with the world around her. “There’s a stigma to hearing aids,” Jackie explains. “But the hearing aids of today aren’t your grandma’s hearing aids.”

Audiologist Mary Lou Dovantzis with Jackie Medley

On the contrary, they are tiny, high-tech masterpieces that fit discreetly in the ear, providing wearers with a much more advanced listening experience. “Hearing aid technology has made significant changes over the past several years and continues to evolve,” explains Mary Lou Dovantzis, M.S., CCC-A, licensed and certified audiologist with the new Ingalls Audiology Center located in the Ingalls Care Center in Flossmoor.

Studies show hearing aids help the wearer feel more independent and secure, have a better relationship with family and friends and improve concentration and mental health.

And for those on the fence about using a hearing aid, Jackie offers some final words of wisdom: “Don’t be embarrassed. People use glasses for reading, and canes and walkers to move around. Hearing aids have certainly improved my quality of life, and they can improve yours too.”

Comprehensive Hearing Services in Flossmoor Restoring the Sounds Around You

If you have been referred for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation, your doctor feels your hearing loss needs further examination. The evaluation is also indicated for individuals who did not pass an initial hearing screening.

At the Ingalls Audiology Center, all audiological services are performed by a state-licensed audiologist who holds a master’s degree in audiology and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Audiological services include:

  • Hearing evaluations — adult/pediatric/newborn
  • Videonystagmography (VNG) for balance testing
  • Tympanometry testing to detect fluid in the middle ear, perforation of the eardrum, or wax blocking the ear canal
  • Oto-acoustic emissions (OAE) testing to detect a blockage in the outer ear canal, as well as the presence of middle ear fluid and damage to the outer hair cells in the cochlea
  • “Real” ear testing for measuring hearing aid effectiveness
  • Assistive listening devices, including FM systems/ listening systems and amplified phones
  • Swim plugs and musician plugs
  • Custom hearing protection
  • Hearing aid services, including evaluations and consultations, hearing aid dispensing and repairs of all makes and models

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 708.915.8457.

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