how we help

How we help

Audiology Services

Central Illinois Hearing helps people of all ages – from early childhood to adults – overcome communication disorders.

Our audiology services include

  • Diagnostic hearing evaluation
  • Industrial hearing conservation programs in compliance with OSHA
  • Treatment of non-medical hearing disorders through hearing aids or assistive listening devices
  • Hearing protective devices
  • Counseling on hearing disorders and prevention
  • Hearing aid repair/service on all makes and accessories
  • Central auditory processing evaluation

Determining Your Hearing Lifestyle

To fit you with the hearing aid that’s right for you, we first must determine your hearing lifestyle.  This is done through a series of questions and discussion with Dr. Groesch.  Hearing lifestyles include:

  • Active Lifestyle – It’s just as it sounds… you’re on the go.  You are frequently in situations with a lot of background noise.
  • Casual Lifestyle – You lead a more relaxed lifestyle.  You are occasionally in situations with some background noise.
  • Quiet Lifestyle – A quiet lifestyle means you spend more time in one-on-one conversation.  You watch some television and listen to the radio sometimes.  You may attend weekly church services.
  • Very Quiet Lifestyle – You stick close to home most all of the time and find yourself dealing rarely with background noise.  You watch limited television and don’t listen to the radio very often.

Once your lifestyle is identified, Dr. Groesch will match you with the appropriate technology from one of several leading manufacturers of hearing aids.

Hearing Aids

What You Should Know Before Buying A Hearing Aid:

Hearing loss is a medical problem, and, as a result, you should seek a complete medical and audiological examination from a competent physician or audiologist. Your family physician or otolaryngologist can give qualified medical opinions and treatment either medically or surgically regarding your loss of hearing. An audiologist is a professional who is certified or licensed to provide assistance concerning communication problems associated with hearing impairment. An audiologist specializes in preventing, identifying and assessing hearing impairment, rehabilitating the hearing impairment, and fitting hearing aids and training individuals in their use.

Some hearing aid dealers use the title “Certified Hearing Aid Audiologist.” This title is given to them by their national trade association, the National Hearing Aid Society (NHAS), after completing several weeks of study, and passing state licensure. Hearing aid dealers are sales personnel who can fit hearing aids, help you understand how to use a hearing aid and can explain problems associated with hearing aids. But, remember they are not professionals who can diagnose and solve hearing impairments.

A hearing aid is an electrical device designed for one purpose – to increase the sensitivity of the sound being delivered to the ear. It cannot select the particular sounds you want to listen to, nor can it interpret sounds for you. Therefore, during the first few weeks that you are a hearing aid owner, you will have the responsibility of learning to become a hearing aid user. You will, in effect, be retraining your brain to adapt to new sounds. To ensure satisfaction and adjustment to your aid, make sure your dispenser offers a 30-day trial period, allowing for the return of an unsatisfactory product.

The capabilities of some hearing aids have been clearly oversold. Some hearing aid manufacturers have been accused of misleading advertising regarding the benefits of their products. This has resulted in the negative emotions some hearing-aid consumers have.

Hearing aids themselves are not the problem. Hearing aids – if they fit and are worn properly – can have a profoundly positive effect on people’s lives. Hearing aids help people, but those seeking amplification need to be told the truth about what to expect from hearing aids and they need to be properly evaluated. It has been estimated that over one half of all people with hearing aids have not been properly evaluated (including a medical evaluation) before the fitting. No wonder the success rates of hearing aids are so low.

As a result, it is in the person’s best interest to seek qualified professional help in seeking proper hearing healthcare, and audiologists are uniquely qualified to this end. Audiologists can give complete and accurate information on hearing impairment and provide a full range of hearing healthcare services.

Hearing aids vary widely in price and function. Aids may cost from $950 each up to $2,700 each and may contain electronic circuitry ranging from linear to computerized digital sound. Superior sound quality may be realized from any level of hearing aid circuitry if fitted and counseled properly.

Sometimes a hearing aid is not appropriate for certain losses. When this is the case, assistive hearing devices are a viable alternative.

Hearing Aids We Offer

Central Illinois Hearing, Ltd. proudly works with the following manufacturers to provide the best in hearing aid technology.  We match your hearing lifestyle with the device that’s right.

Video message from Dr. Groesch
Springfield Office

4000 Westgate Drive
Springfield, IL 62711
Phone (217) 501-4105

Jacksonville Office

1515 West Walnut #4
Doctor’s Plaza
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Phone (217) 953-0066