Clear Sounds Hearing Aid Center

Clear Sounds Hearing Aid Center We listen, carefully, to what your hearing issues are and work hard to find the best solution for you. Clear Sounds was established in 1991 with a mission to provide each and every patient better hearing through education, technology and exceptional customer service.

Our clinic provides a variety of hearing healthcare services including comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid prescribing and fitting, and the most important patient education and follow-up care. We are pleased to participate with the following insurance companies and discount plans:

1. Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (Medicaid)

2. Aetna Better Health

3. Illinicare Health Plan

4. Blue Cross Blue Shield Community Options

5. BCBSIL

6. Meridian Health Plan

7. Health Spring of Illinois

8. Humana Health Plan

9. Molina Healthcare of Illinois

10. Harmony WellCare

11. County Care Health Plan

12. Community Care Alliance

13. Family Health Network

14. Aetna Commercial

15. Cigna Commercial

16. Tru Hearing

17. Hearing Planet

18. Hearing Care Solutions (Aetna)

19. Epic Hearing Health Care (United Health Care)

20. Hear USA

21. Hear PO

22. NextLevel Health

I would like to keep as much of my hearing as possible. Do I still have to wear hearing protection?
06/26/2018
Can noise damage my hearing even though I have hearing loss?

I would like to keep as much of my hearing as possible. Do I still have to wear hearing protection?

Hearing aids with earmolds can offer a small degree of protection as the earmold can also be used in a similar way to an earplug. Your experience and what you choose to do will depend on the level of your hearing loss and if you wear hearing aids or not. The main message is always to remember to pro...

Noise-induced hearing loss affects about 15 percent of Americans.
06/13/2018
Who is at risk from noise-induced hearing loss?

Noise-induced hearing loss affects about 15 percent of Americans.

Some people may get noise-induced hearing loss from one very loud noise, such as an explosion, and others from prolonged exposure to loud noise over time.

Prolonged exposure to overly loud noise or brief exposure to an extremely loud noise may damage the inner ear, resulting...
06/08/2018
5 Loud Noises That Could Damage Your Hearing

Prolonged exposure to overly loud noise or brief exposure to an extremely loud noise may damage the inner ear, resulting in hearing loss – and the loss may be permanent.

In today’s modern world, noise seems to be everywhere, from washing machines to fireworks, and motorbikes to airplanes. But what happens when sounds are too loud or if we are exposed to them for too long?

The World Health Assembly vowed to ‘intensify action to prevent deafness and hearing loss," by pushing government to imp...
05/31/2018
WHO adopts resolution on prevention of hearing loss

The World Health Assembly vowed to ‘intensify action to prevent deafness and hearing loss," by pushing government to impose safety and accessibility measures.

To reduce the prevalence of hearing loss from preventable causes, some specific measures must be put in place, they agreed. Especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Here's a Better Hearing & Speech Month healthy hearing tip: “Relationships are built around successful communication. Do...
05/29/2018

Here's a Better Hearing & Speech Month healthy hearing tip: “Relationships are built around successful communication. Does someone in your family have hearing loss? Get your family member’s attention before you start speaking with him or her. Also, make sure he/she can see your face when you are communicating to make understanding easier.” —Lori Rakita, Au.D., Phonak Senior Manager of Clinical Research

Here’s a Better Hearing & Speech Month healthy hearing tip. “Hearing loss can have a pervasive impact on your communicat...
05/25/2018

Here’s a Better Hearing & Speech Month healthy hearing tip. “Hearing loss can have a pervasive impact on your communication, quality of life and overall wellness. Almost 50 million Americans have hearing loss that can be treated. Ensure that you have healthy hearing by having it tested every 1-3 years.” —Christine Jones, Au.D., Phonak Vice President of Audiologist

How common are noise induced hearing loss in adults?
05/23/2018
Study: 1 in 4 adults in U.S. may have hearing loss

How common are noise induced hearing loss in adults?

If you live in the US and are aged between 20 and 69, and struggle to understand speech in noisy environments, such as bars, cafés and restaurants, then it’s possible that you are one of the 25 percent of US citizens affected by noise-induced hearing loss.

Here’s a Better Hearing & Speech Month healthy hearing tip. “Summertime fun can get loud: sporting events, concerts, fir...
05/21/2018

Here’s a Better Hearing & Speech Month healthy hearing tip. “Summertime fun can get loud: sporting events, concerts, fireworks, etc. Ear defenders are available in adult and pediatric sizes, and they are an easy and affordable way to protect your family’s hearing.” —Elizabeth Stewart, Au.D., Ph.D., Phonak Research Audiologist

Here’s a Better Hearing & Speech Month healthy hearing tip. “Bring earplugs to the movie theater! While Occupational Saf...
05/18/2018

Here’s a Better Hearing & Speech Month healthy hearing tip. “Bring earplugs to the movie theater! While Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires hearing protection in work environments of 85 dBA (about the level of a vacuum or lawn mower), there are no such regulations for movie theaters. Some movies can measure well above 85 dBA. Being exposed to those higher levels — even just for a couple of hours — could potentially impact hearing.” —Lisa Standaert, Au.D., Phonak Research Audiologist

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. Here's a healthy hearing tip: “If you can’t hear the world around you when you’re ...
05/15/2018

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. Here's a healthy hearing tip: “If you can’t hear the world around you when you’re listening to earbuds/music, you may be listening too loud” — Nicole Klutz, Au.D., Phonak Audiology Manager

You may not realize it, but there are a lot of sounds that go with the smells of a kitchen.
04/20/2018
4 Tips for cooking with hearing loss

You may not realize it, but there are a lot of sounds that go with the smells of a kitchen.

The sizzling of bacon, the bubbling pops of water boiling, the splash of oil on a hot pan. Those sounds can tell you a lot about food, such as when it’s time to turn down the heat on the stove or add a new ingredient to the dish.

Deafness knows no bounds, and Johanna Lucht, a deaf engineer working at NASA, proves that determination leads to success...
04/11/2018
NASA Engineer: ‘We need more Deaf people in STEM”

Deafness knows no bounds, and Johanna Lucht, a deaf engineer working at NASA, proves that determination leads to success, especially with the right support and a bit of self-advocacy.

Johanna, who has severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss, is the first and only Deaf engineer at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, she says. After landing the job through an internship, she’s found various ways to communicate and thrive in the high-pressure work environment.

When is it appropriate to have someone speak for you?
04/03/2018
Is it okay to speak for my deaf or hard of hearing friend?

When is it appropriate to have someone speak for you?

Living deaf in a hearing world means that we might miss a hearing person talking to us from a distance or not understand what someone is saying. Hearing friends might try to step in to let others know that I am deaf. When does it cross the line?

If you’re looking for a power rechargeable solution - Naída™ B-R RIC is the answ
03/31/2018
New power hearing aid from Phonak: Naída™ B

If you’re looking for a power rechargeable solution - Naída™ B-R RIC is the answ

What are the benefits of the world’s most trusted power hearing aids, Phonak Naída™ B?

When we think of using our hearing aids, we tend to think of clarity, loudness and sensitivity.
03/29/2018
Can hearing loss make you less empathic?

When we think of using our hearing aids, we tend to think of clarity, loudness and sensitivity.

A recent study reports on an important question for those who experience hearing loss: is it enough just to hear words, or do we need to also understand the emotional intent behind them?

The reactions of those around me told me that I was heading for trouble.
02/26/2018
How my Hearing Loss Affected my Relationships and What I Learned

The reactions of those around me told me that I was heading for trouble.

A few years ago, I was stunned and overwhelmed by a sudden major hearing loss. It totally upset my life. Then, I noticed that my social connections began to change in many ways. Hearing loss affected my relationships!

When looking into services for deaf people on bank’s websites, accessibility isn’t always easy to spot. Here are some ti...
02/23/2018
How to choose a deaf-friendly bank

When looking into services for deaf people on bank’s websites, accessibility isn’t always easy to spot. Here are some tips on what to look for.

When you are deaf, deciding on a bank is more than what financial services the bank has to offer. It is also about accessibility. It’s not always easy to know which bank will meet our individual needs, especially in regards to customer services and communication methods.

Long distance relationships are not easy, and being in a long distance relationship with a deaf person can be even more ...
02/18/2018
Deaf and Dating? 8 Tips for a Successful Long Distance Relationship

Long distance relationships are not easy, and being in a long distance relationship with a deaf person can be even more challenging.

Good communication is key in a successful relationship. When I’m with my long-distance boyfriend, it’s like a perfect little holiday. All our worries float away when we’re together creating memories! But time always flies when you’re having fun and when the day comes where you say your goodb...

The “Reaction Lights System,” approved recently by the NCAA, will give visual cues to athletes with a series of lights, ...
02/16/2018
Facebook video sparks bright change for deaf college swimmers

The “Reaction Lights System,” approved recently by the NCAA, will give visual cues to athletes with a series of lights, allowing deaf and hard-of-hearing swimmers to know when a race begins.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing college swimmers will soon have the chance to compete with the same advantages of their peers, thanks to a new system inspired by one swimmer’s Facebook video.

"I would remove my hearing aid before meeting someone new and give people a chance to know me before they know I’m deaf....
02/15/2018
Guest Post: ‘Embrace your hearing aids’

"I would remove my hearing aid before meeting someone new and give people a chance to know me before they know I’m deaf."

A wise man once said “If you wear your hearing aids, embrace them. Be appreciative for them and thankful for the gift of hearing that they give you, but don’t let them define you.”

How can you continue to have good relationships, despite your hearing loss?
02/14/2018
8 Communication Tips to Strengthen Relationships

How can you continue to have good relationships, despite your hearing loss?

I’ve adjusted to my hearing loss in many ways and have asked those I love – friends, colleagues and acquaintances – to adjust to me as well. But with some 35 years with hearing loss behind me, I’ve been thinking it’s time to refresh my relationships.

"I got to the point where I can do everything I did before: I’m working, running, swimming, biking, snowboarding, surfin...
02/13/2018
An Olympian’s tale: Extreme sports and hearing loss

"I got to the point where I can do everything I did before: I’m working, running, swimming, biking, snowboarding, surfing, hiking, climbing, etc. The only thing that I have to deal with is my single-sided hearing loss. But you know what? I take it!"

Extreme sports star, Fabienne Reuteler has traveled the world as a professional snowboarder; climbed the Olympic podium; survived a near-death experience after giving birth to her daughter; and is now living with single-sided hearing loss. She tells us about the last 36 years and her determination t...

Molly Hearts Nate ...is that all it takes for someone with hearing loss?
02/10/2018
Dating, Marriage & Hearing Loss

Molly Hearts Nate ...is that all it takes for someone with hearing loss?

When Molly met Nate in college, she saw a young man with a great sense of humor, a kind heart, and a contagious passion for life. His profound hearing loss didn’t even make her pause. Their friendship turned into a college romance and continued to deepen until that inevitable moment when one of th...

"When I got my first hearing aids, I was so devoted to keep my hearing loss a secret from everyone. I never replaced my ...
02/07/2018
I hate changing hearing aid batteries in public

"When I got my first hearing aids, I was so devoted to keep my hearing loss a secret from everyone. I never replaced my hearing aid batteries in front of others."

When your hearing aid batteries die, where do you go? I recently asked this apparently strange question on my blog because I wanted to find out if other people did what I used to do.

Brian McCaskey, who lost his hearing due to complications from Meniere’s Disease, told the Chicago Tribune of his strugg...
02/02/2018
This NFL executive is talking about hearing loss to break down stigmas

Brian McCaskey, who lost his hearing due to complications from Meniere’s Disease, told the Chicago Tribune of his struggle with hearing loss, and how technology “saved him.”

Vice President of the Chicago Bears is speaking out about his hearing loss, in hopes of inspiring others to address their hearing troubles and reduce the stigmas around hearing aids.

“I believe that everyone who experiences hearing loss has a right to be told not simply about the physical implications,...
01/30/2018
New to hearing loss? 3 ways to be an advocate for your hearing loss journey

“I believe that everyone who experiences hearing loss has a right to be told not simply about the physical implications, but also the emotional, mental and societal elements…”

For people new to hearing loss, it can be common that you feel lost after leaving the audiologist or hearing aid dispenser’s office. At first, your new hearing aids may fit well and work properly, but after a while you may have doubts – not just about the technology but also about living with he...

"There is sometimes an expectation from those with good hearing, that once we have hearing aids in our possession, all s...
01/22/2018
I felt isolated with hearing loss, until I did this

"There is sometimes an expectation from those with good hearing, that once we have hearing aids in our possession, all should be right with our world. No, not quite."

If you are new to hearing loss, it can be hard to understand and adjust to at first. It may feel like you are the only one in that situation. The good news is you are not alone and volunteering is a way to pull you out of your isolation through helping others.

"I always say that anything is possible in life, although it would be a perfectly understandable assumption for people t...
01/19/2018
Can my child learn to play a musical instrument with their hearing loss?

"I always say that anything is possible in life, although it would be a perfectly understandable assumption for people to think that some activities could be too difficult for deaf people."

Some might believe that music isn’t the easiest medium for deaf or hard of hearing people to access, but luckily there are many inspirational deaf musicians, such as Mandy Harvey, Sean Forbes and Evelyn Glennie who are fantastic ambassadors and proof that music can be enjoyable to all.

"That was when I became a songwriter. Really that is when I became an artist. Like I found words and texture. Sound is a...
01/09/2018
A Tragic Turn To Music Success: Q&A with musician Sam Baker

"That was when I became a songwriter. Really that is when I became an artist. Like I found words and texture. Sound is a texture. As is canvas.”

Sam Baker is an internationally recognized folk musician and recording artist from Texas who lost his hearing in a tragic, violent and wholly unexpected way.

Deaf people understand and appreciate music? If so, how?
01/03/2018
BBC Documentary: Can deaf people appreciate music?

Deaf people understand and appreciate music? If so, how?

The BBC Radio 4 documentary, ‘The Art of Living: Listening Without Ears’, stars Phonak hEARo and HearingLikeMe.com writer Eloise Garland

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