SIU Audiology Adult Hearing Services
The SIU Adult Hearing Program focuses on accurate diagnosis of hearing difficulties, and consultation with the patient and family members regarding how the hearing problem is affecting quality of life.
The goal of our program is to develop a relationship with our patients and improve their quality of life through understanding the difficulties they are encountering and offering educated solutions.
Do I Have Hearing Loss?
- Do you have to strain to listen?
- Do you feel frustration when you are conversing?
- Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves?
- Do you have difficulty when someone speaks in a whisper?
- Do you misunderstand people and respond inappropriately?
- Do you find yourself withdrawing from social activities because it is difficult to hear?
- Do you have arguments with your family members because of your hearing?
- Do you have difficulty talking on the telephone or hearing on the TV or radio?
- Do you have trouble hearing in a restaurant?
- Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
- Do you work or have you worked around noisy environments?
- Do you enjoy recreational activities such as hunting, shooting, or riding motorcycles?
Why seek treatment for hearing loss?
(taken from www.betterhearing.org)
Hearing loss treatment was shown to improve:
- Earning power
- Communication in relationships
- Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
- Ease in communication
- Emotional stability
- Sense of control over life events
- Perception of mental functioning
- Group social participation
And just as importantly hearing loss treatment was shown to reduce:
- Discrimination toward the person with the hearing loss
- Hearing loss compensation behaviors (i.e. pretending you hear)
- Depression and depressive symptoms
- Feelings of paranoia
- Social phobias
What happens during a hearing test?
Before your appointment, spend a few moments thinking about how hearing affects your life, what challenges you are experiencing, and what would improve if you could overcome these challenges. Bring someone with you. Most people find it helpful to bring a spouse, family member, or friend to this visit. You will typically get more out for your visit if someone close to you can share in the experience!
The Hearing Evaluation – Audiogram
Hearing tests are easy – all you have to do is sit back and listen. There are no passing or failing grades. An audiogram is a key component to your hearing consultation. It provides the audiologist information about which sounds you hear well and which sounds you may have difficulty hearing. You will be tested on your ability to hear soft sounds at a variety of pitches. You will also be tested on how well you can understand very soft speech and speech when presented at a comfortably loud level.
Many people are concerned that the audiogram does not reflect “real-world” situations. We understand your concern. Rest assured that the test procedures are well researched and provide accurate data that the audiologist can use in developing a plan personalized for you.
Do I Need Hearing Aids?
Once your Audiologist has interpreted the results of your hearing test and explained them to you, it's time to develop a plan. If you have hearing loss, hearing aids may be recommended We will schedule a hearing evaluation appointment if you are interested hearing aids can help most people.
The Audiologists at SIU Hearing and Balance are highly trained to work with a variety of hearing aids from different manufacturers. We will work with you to develop a personalized plan and hearing aid options based on your individual needs and goals.
Today's hearing aids are small, light-weight, reliable, and provide high performance There are different levels of technology available to meet different budget needs
What to Expect With Hearing Aids
Hearing aids will help you appreciate a richer world of sound. At first, you will notice that you are hearing speech and other sounds you may not have heard for a long time. Your brain may need some time to adjust in order to focus on the sounds that are important. You will be scheduled with your Audiologist during your trial period to make adjustments and answer any questions you may have.
Walk in Clinics
For information about our walk-in clinics, please call Laura at (217) 545-7070.
Adult Hearing Team
- Kendra K. Watts, AuD
- Anna L. Bussing, AuD
- Jennifer Edmonds, AuD
- Jennifer Berry, AuD
- Valerie A. Ray, AuD
Donate to The Listening, Language and Learning Program
The Listening, Language and Learning Program’s mission is to provide quality listening and spoken language training and education to children and adults with hearing loss. The services provided will help children become oral communicators and develop their listening, language, intellectual and learning skills. The program will also provide rehabilitation to adults so they can receive the maximum benefit possible from their hearing technology. If you would like to donate to the Listening, Language & Learning Program, click here.