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Peoria Ear, Nose, & Throat Group

Trust Your Hearing to a Hearing Professional

For the average person, hearing aid advertisements can be very misleading.  A lot of the hearing aid advertising you see or hear is done by retail dispensing locations that do not employ audiologists at the local level.  The main function of these locations is to sell hearing aids, and while they may tout their "services" as free or at no cost to the consumer, the fact is in many cases they are actually prohibited from charging for some of these services by Medicare.

Peoria ENT Group believes a hearing aid is only one piece of the hearing healthcare puzzle.  That's why we employ Doctors of Audiology and Board Certified Otolarynologists that will provide a comprehensive program of diagnosis, hearing evaluation, selection, fitting & dispensing as well as counseling and continuing support.

If a hearing aid is part of the solution you can rest assured you will be provided the most advanced technology, best warranty available and longest trial period offered anywhere and you won't be asked to "test" our solution.  We already know the products we offer are proven to work in real life situations with the highest degree of patient satisfaction.

Audiology Team

Holly J. Demichelis, AuD, FAAA

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Dr. Holly J. Demichelis earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University in Communicative Disorders. She continued her Studies at Northern Illinois, completing a Masters of Arts Degree in Audiology. Dr. Demichelis earned her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) Degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences.

Jill A. Pruvost, AuD, CCC-A

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Dr. Jill Pruvost earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and her Master of Science in Audiology from Illinois State University. Dr. Pruvost completed her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences.

Katie Wyman, AuD, CCC-A

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Dr. Katie Wyman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Illinois State University and her Master of Science degree in Audiology from Rush University and later received her Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree from the University of Florida.

Becky Braun, AuD, CCC-A

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Dr. Becky Braun earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders - Speech and Hearing Science, and her Master of Science in Audiology from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.  Dr. Braun was awarded her Clinical Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Florida.

Common conditions our specialists treat include

Balance disorders (dizziness)     
  •  Dizziness is a word that is often used to describe two different feelings. It is important to know exactly what you mean when you say "I feel dizzy," because it can help you and your doctor narrow down the list of possible problems.
  •  Vertigo is a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement.
Ear infection    
Hearing loss (gradual)

  •  What is hearing loss?  Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. Depending on the cause, it can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
  • Other causes of hearing loss include earwax buildup, an object in the ear, injury to the ear or head, an ear infection, a ruptured eardrum, and other conditions that affect the middle or inner ear.
   
Common symptoms of hearing loss include:
  • Muffled hearing and a feeling that your ear is plugged.
  • Trouble understanding what people are saying, especially when other people are talking or when there is background noise, such as a radio.
  • Listening to the TV or radio at a higher volume than in the past.
  • Other symptoms may include: A ringing, roaring, hissing, or buzzing in the ear, called tinnitus. Ear pain, itching or irritation of the ear, or fluid leaking from the ear. A feeling that you or your surroundings are spinning (vertigo).

How is it treated?    
  • Noise-induced or age-related hearing loss can be treated with hearing devices, such as hearing aids. Other devices can help alert you to sounds around the house like the phone or doorbell. If hearing aids don't work for you, cochlear implants may be an option.
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Swimmer's ear     
  • Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is an inflammation or infection of the ear canal, the passage that leads from the outer ear to the eardrum. This condition is called swimmer's ear, because it commonly occurs in people who have been swimming. But other people can get it too.
  •  You can get swimmer's ear when bacteria or fungus grows in your ear canal. This happens when water, sand, or other small debris irritates the delicate skin in the ear canal. Other things that can irritate the ear canal include hearing aids, lots of ear cleaning, and eczema of the ear canal.
  •  Swimmer's ear can be very painful. The pain can get worse when you touch the earlobe or another part of the outer ear or when you chew. Other symptoms can include itching, a feeling of fullness in the ear, and a yellowish or brownish discharge from the ear. Your ear canal may be swollen. In severe cases, the outer ear can be red and swollen too.
  •  How is it diagnosed?  A doctor can usually tell whether you have swimmer's ear by looking into your ear and asking questions about your symptoms.
How is it treated?  Follow these tips when treating swimmer's ear:
  • If your doctor prescribed eardrops, use them as directed.
  • Talk with your doctor before putting anything in your ear.
  • Avoid getting water in the ear until after the problem clears up.
  • Use a hair dryer to carefully dry the ear after you shower.
  • Before taking any medication consult your doctor.
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Peoria Ear Nose and Throat FAQs

Why Choose Us

Services & Procedures

We offer EAR evaluation and treatment for the following:

Audiology Services

  •  Hearing (Audiometric) Evaluations include a number of specialized tests.  They are used to help assess whether a patient has normal hearing or has experienced hearing loss
  •   Impedance Audiometry is a test that measures the movement and integrity of the eardrum (tympanic membrane). It also can determine the absence or presence of fluid in the middle ear.

Tympanometry

  • This procedure is used together with Impedance Audiometry and is an examination used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) as well as the conduction bones, by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.
  •  Electronystagmography (ENG) is a group of tests that are used to determine the cause of vertigo and/or dizziness.  The tests measure the motion of the eyes with respect to one another.  Additional tests measure how the organs affecting balance are functioning.  Used together with a physical examination and hearing tests, ENG can help to identify the cause of a patient's balance problems

Live Speech Mapping

  •  Live Speech Mapping is a fitting process that incorporates the use of probe microphones with spoken words.
  •  Hearing Aid Evaluation and Dispensing
  •  Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)

Ear Molds

  • For swimmers, those in high noise environments and for those in the music profession, custom ear molds can provide protection from further hearing loss. 

Our Office

Peoria Sinus, Allergy & Hearing

7301 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61614

Phone:(309) 589-5900
Fax:(309) 689-0312

Office Hours

ENT & Audiology
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Allergy Department
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. ? 4:30 p.m.
Closed Friday