Hear what others are saying to see what you can expect on your journey.
We are dedicated to improving the lives of the hearing impaired, one patient at a time. Everything we do is to help people with hearing loss enjoy the sounds, voices, people and conversations in their lives. We take great pride in helping people get back the gift of hearing—there is nothing more gratifying.
Muriel Haase - NSAVL Patient
"I am so grateful to have read an article in the Health section of the Chicago Tribune a few weeks ago about hearing loss. Since I am a senior, it piqued my interest especially since I've been accusing my grown children and grandchildren of mumbling and swallowing their words.
Listening to conversations at the dinner table, hearing sermons at church, and watching TV were becoming increasingly less pleasurable. What really hit home was when the article in the Tribune suggested untreated hearing loss can lead to a loss of cognitive skills which in turn could lead to dementia. The red light went on for me. I'm almost 87 years old and very active; intellectually, emotionally and health-wise. All I know is that I don't want to loss the ability God has gifted me because I'm not taking care of myself.
Accordingly, I was advised by one of my friends to see Tracy Murphy, Au.D. at North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab and get tested. I did and shall be forever grateful. I did indeed have hearing loss. I was soon thereafter fitted with hearing aids, and I find it hard to believe the difference they make. I have experienced no discomfort after wearing the hearing aids for just two days. I cannot even tell they are in my ears. They are almost invisible but the most important thing is the performance. My children no longer mumble-- they'll never let me live that down-- the TV sound is perfect and I'm sure I will be able to hear my Pastor's sermons."
Robert Hillman - NSAVL Patient
"I have been coming to NSAVL for about 8 years now. The reason I keep coming back is my Audiologist. She doesn't treat me like a number, she treats me like a person. Bottom line, she genuinely cares about me. I could a million other places that are more convenient but I come to Highland Park because of the way they treat me."
*Listen to the rest of Robert's experience below.
Marian - NSAVL Patient
"I couldn’t always hear what my grandchildren were saying and I had to ask them to repeat. While playing cards the conversation at the table was lost to me. Now it is nice to be part of the conversation."
*Listen to the rest of Marian's story below.
"Most of us go a long time without knowing we needs hearing aids. What really woke me up was when my son and daughter-in-law moved into their new home. All I knew was that when everyone congregated into the kitchen, I couldn't hear anything that was going on. I stopped trying. When I got hearing aids, it made a world of difference."
*Hear the rest of Dorothy's story below.
Steve - North Shore Patient
"I have been a patient at North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab for about 3 years now and in many ways it has made a dramatic and positive difference in my life. I had no idea how much I have been missing. It gives me a totally different feeling of freedom."
*Listen how Steve's hearing aids assist him during marathons and concerts below!