About Children & Family Hearing Associates in Peoria, IL
I was inspired to help those with hearing loss when I was in 5th grade after seeing a movie about Helen Keller. The movie made such an impression on me that I started to learn sign language on my own. In high school, I was inducted into the National Honor Society and was among the top 10 of my senior class, graduating with honors.
I attended St. Louis University from 1972 until 1975, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Speech/Language Pathology in August 1975. I was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious national honor society in April, 1975.
I continued my graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit where I provided clinical audiology services at many places as part of my training, such as a rehabilitation clinic, a general hospital, a veteran's hospital, an ENT clinic, a children's hospital and a school district. I graduated with honors in 1977 with a Master's degree in audiology. I was awarded national certification in audiology from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association in January 1978. In July, 1994, I became a Fellow of the Illinois Academy of Audiology.
Upon graduation, I moved to Peoria where I worked as part of a diagnostic team with Peoria Public Schools. I worked exclusively with the pediatric population, testing hearing in children of all ages, including infants and those with severe multiple disabilities. I made recommendations for hearing aids and other adaptive equipment for children with hearing loss. I also was one of the first people in the entire state to perform central auditory processing evaluations for children with learning or attention problems.
I was awarded national certification as a professional supervisor of the audiometric component of a hearing conservation program by the Council of Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation in November 2005.
Besides possessing national certification in audiology, I am also a licensed speech/language pathologist. I have worked both as a school speech/language pathologist as well as an augmentative communication specialist at a school for those with multiple severe disabilities.
In May 1989, I started my own private practice in audiology where I expanded my population to include adults and fitting people with hearing aids. I have specialized in difficult to test populations, such as infants and young children, those with severe mental and physical disabilities, mental health disorders of all types and degrees and severe multiple disabilities. I also provide hearing screenings for children in various types of programs, as well as hearing screenings and diagnostic audiological evaluations for a variety of companies whose employees need their hearing monitored due to their work in noisy environments.
In June 1997, I received a national award, the Professional Advisor's Award, from the Self Help for Hard of Hearing Group because of my long term dedication and commitment to help those with hearing loss. I volunteered my services and time for many years to the local chapter of this organization, serving as a professional advisor and secretary.
I have been featured on a variety of news programs on both TV and radio, with topics ranging from hearing loss to hearing aids to the damaging effects of noise and music upon hearing. I have provided extensive presentations and in-services to a variety of audiences, including rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, senior citizen facilities, psychiatric hospitals, parent groups, new mother groups and schools.
The combination of my education, technical skills, many years of experience and my commitment and dedication to helping those with hearing loss reach their potential to hear are the reasons why you should allow Children and Family Hearing Associates to be your hearing care facility. Let us have the opportunity to improve the quality of your life through better hearing.