The audiologists at OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute are licensed professionals who diagnose and treat problems with hearing or balance systems.
Untreated hearing loss in adults is linked to numerous health risks, such as social isolation, depression and cognitive decline. When hearing loss goes untreated in children, there are concerns for speech, language, and learning delays, behavioral and social concerns, and impact on academic performance. Our team uses advanced diagnostics and offers rehabilitation options to help you hear better, improve communication and stay connected to your loved ones.
Our hearing evaluation capabilities include:
- Comprehensive hearing testing for adults and children, including Early Intervention evaluations
- Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing via natural sleep, sedation/anesthesia, as well as neurodiagnostic ABRs for adults
- Newborn hearing screening and follow-up testing
- Monitoring hearing tests due to use of medications that can affect hearing (ototoxicity monitoring)
Hearing loss management options include:
- Hearing aids
- Cochlear implants
- Assistive listening devices and accessories, including FM systems for school use
- Custom-made devices, including hearing protection and swimming ear plugs
In addition to the audiology team at OSF INI, the cochlear implant team includes professionals in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), speech-language pathology, social work, neuropsychology, deaf/hard-of-hearing education, Early Intervention and the Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC).