Hearing Aids at Hearing Rehabilitation Center

As an independent practice, we are free to recommend hearing aids regardless of brand or manufacturer. If we suggest a particular style and make of hearing aids, you can be confident that our opinion is genuine and unbiased by brand loyalty, and we only have your best interest in mind. In some cases, such as if we're helping you with a work-related claim, we may have to follow the brand requirements of your union or another third party, but we will do our best to give you the best recommendation within those parameters.

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Dr. Sotiropoulos entered the field of hearing while analog hearing aids were still prominent. He saw the rise of programmable hearing aids in 1989 and digital hearing aids in 1996; today, in the 10th+ generation of digital processors, we are seeing the advent of artificial intelligence in hearing aids to deliver an absolutely personal experience. Having watched such amazing improvement and the evolution of hearing aids over time has given us a whole different perspective in terms of what's available today, assessing the options that a patient has, and being able to help them make the best choice for what's going to help them.

Hearing Aid Brands

Hearing aids are better than they've ever been before, and there are new devices and new technologies coming out all the time. These days, all of the available hearing aid brands make very good products. You simply can't go wrong with any hearing aid from the major manufacturers: Oticon, EarQ, Phonak, ReSound, Signia, Starkey, Widex, and Phonak.

We personally prefer Widex and Oticon because they are at the top end with the highest quality devices and some of the most sophisticated technology on the market. However, the other brands produce excellent hearing aids, so if you don't need the highest-end technology, you can still find models that will deliver excellent results and may have a lower price point.

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Hearing Aid Styles

Hearing aids come in several forms, each with their own pros and cons. Some are more suitable for severe to profound hearing losses; some have longer battery life; some tend to deliver more natural audio quality. We will share your options and help you decide which hearing aids will best suit your needs. Generally speaking, the form you choose will not affect the price. Cost depends on the level of technology you need.

The hearing aids we fit are roughly split 50/50 between custom and behind-the-ear models. Custom products are often more convenient and comfortable for patients, although custom work requires a very specific skillset. Dr. Sotiropoulos has developed these skills over his long career, allowing us to offer in-office repairs and modifications rather than having to send custom work to the manufacturer.

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Hearing Aid Technology

In the last few years, the most dramatic changes have been an increase in noise management or noise reduction in hearing aids, as well as the advent of Bluetooth compatibility. Modern hearing instruments are much more intuitive in allowing patients to get clear, accurate speech information with less influence from offending background noise. That's an exciting improvement because noise interference has historically been one of the biggest limitations of hearing aids.

Patients are able to get more involved in their own treatment because they are able to choose exactly what they want their hearing aids to do using a mobile phone app, directing their hearing aids to focus on the people they are speaking with, or choosing from different sound options so that their hearing aids remember their preferences. There are also new Bluetooth accessories such as a remote microphone that someone could, for example, place at the end of a conference table so they can hear people 20 feet away from them as well as people right next to them.

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Kankakee Location

1455 W. Court St
Kankakee, IL 60901

815-939-2024

Hearing Rehabilitation Center Kankakee

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Steger Location

29 West 34th Street
Steger, IL 60475

708-756-1767

Hearing Rehabilitation Center Steger

Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 12:00pm

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1455 W. Court St.
Kankakee, IL 60901
815-939-2024
29 West 34th St.
Steger, IL 60475
708-756-1767
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