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Hearing Aid Manufacturers Peoria IL

Local resource for hearing aids manufacturers in Peoria, IL. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to hearing aids, hearing aid devices, local doctors as well as information on hearing centers and content on hearing.

Morton Audiology
(309) 938-4192
636 W Jefferson St Ste 3A
Morton, IL
Services
Complete diagnostic hearing evaluationsCounselingHearing aid fitting/follow-upHearing aid repairCentral Auditory Processing EvaluationsIndustrial Hearing Conservation
Hours
SundayClosed
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Rush University Medical Center
(888) 751-2925
1611 W. Harrison Ste 530
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Resurrection Hospital
(773) 639-2043
7435 W Talcott Ave
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiological Laboratory Ltd
(847) 440-7339
8780 W Golf Rd Ste 200
Niles, IL
Services
Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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OSF
(815) 564-2084
698 Featherstone Rd
Rockford, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Aid Svc.
(888) 310-0605
151 N Michigan Ave Apt 914
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Susan Rogan Hearing
(708) 469-6770
419 N La Grange Rd Ste 1
La Grange Park, IL
Services
Customized and prescription hearing aid fittings• Digital and programmable hearing aid programming• Computerized analysis of all hearing devices• On site and factory hearing instrument repairs (all makes)• Assistive listening devices: • Phone and TV amplifiers • Telephone and Doorbell alerting Systems• TDDs and accessories• Bluetooth Cell Phone Ear Sets• Customized ear protection for Musicians, Dentist, Hunters and Airline employees• Batteries: (
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Lutheran General Hospital
(847) 268-3439
1775 Dempster St
Park Ridge, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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North Suburban Hearing Service LTD.
(847) 268-3011
7638 N Milwaukee Ave
Niles, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 AM by Appointment
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Hearing Aid Center
(630) 487-5134
11 Salt Creek Ln Ste 101
Hinsdale, IL
Services
Summary of Services Provided • Hearing Aid Evaluation/Fitting/Checks • Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment • Ear molds (Swim plugs, IPOD molds, musicians ear plugs, etc.) • Cochlear Implant Evaluation/Mapping • Bone Anchored Hearing Aid Evaluation/Fitting/Checks
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Aids Can Help You Hear Better

Hearing Aids

© September 1999 by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. 

Question: Are hearing aids the real answer to help me hear better?

Answer: That’s a good question. Obviously, hearing aids help us hear better by making sounds louder to compensate for our diminished hearing. That is their primary purpose and they do quite a good job of it too in many cases. However, hearing aids do several other things too such as processing sounds and attempting to filter out undesirable noise. Perhaps one of the lesser-known, yet vitally important things they do is to compress sounds to fit our reduced dynamic hearing range. This means they increase the volume of soft sounds, yet at the same time, automatically limit the volume of loud sounds so they don’t hurt our ears.

For example, when I listen to classical music without my hearing aids, the volume appears to vary dramatically. When only the strings are playing I often don’t hear a thing. However, if I turn the volume up to hear these fainter sounds when the whole orchestra fires up that volume hurts my ears. As a result, it is very hard to enjoy such music. However, when wearing my hearing aids, they amplify the soft sounds so I can hear them and at the same time limit the loud sounds so I can bear them. The result is that I enjoy listening to music much more with my hearing aids on.

However, you must realize that as good as modern hearing aids are, you need to remember that they are still only aids to better hearing. They do not restore hearing to normal. Hearing aids are far from perfect. At best they typically only restore your hearing to the equivalent of a mild loss. Many first time hearing aid users don’t like the unnatural sounds they now hear, nor do they like all the noise they now have to try to hear through. This is not so much the fault of the hearing aids as it is of our faulty ears.

You see, when we lose our hearing to some degree or other, strange things happen to our ears at the same time. One of these is that we lose our ability to filter out extraneous noise like we used to. Another is that we no longer hear as clearly as we used to. To us sounds are now "fuzzy". This means that we often cannot distinguish between two words that are similar in frequency—for example "sun" and "fun." Generally the worse our hearing loss is, the fuzzier our hearing becomes.

Therefore, we need more help than just the amplification that hearing aids give us. You must realize that hearing aids alone are not the total answer. You need to combine the help you get with hearing aids with other coping strategies. One of the most effective coping strategies is speechreading. (Lip reading was the old term.) With speechreading the words "fun" and "sun" are relatively easy to distinguish by watching the persons face. For example, I may hear the "un" sound and speechread the "s" or the "f" sound...

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