Dr. David Powell - Audiologist

"I want everyone to hear as well as they want to hear. I enjoy taking time to understand your situations and come up with a solution that works for you."

Educational Background: Salus University, Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Jon Russell - Low Vision Optometrist

"I have been the Low Vision Optometrist at the Center for Sight & Hearing since 1994. After joining the Center, I realized that working in this particular area of optometry is a definite passion of mine. I also operate the satellite low vision clinics in Crystal Lake, Dixon, Freeport, and Sycamore to better serve individuals with vision loss."

Educational Background: Illinois College of Optometry, Doctor of Optometry

Dr. Sarah Filer - Audiologist
"I enjoy working with individuals at the Center for Sight & Hearing to help improve their quality of life by educating them about their hearing and the solutions available to help them."

Educational Background: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Doctor of Audiology

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The Center for Sight & Hearing recently hosted the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest fundraising event at Prairie Street Brewhouse on September 29th. The room was abuzz as over 100 people socialized, enjoyed the food & drink, and participated in various activities including a 40-item silent auction. Tom Lasley, the Business Development Director, commented, "it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and I hope they all come back next year."

Read more: Oktoberfest 2016

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Hina Altaf has been the resident assistive technology specialist at the Center for Sight & Hearing since 2010 and constantly polishes and refines her vast technological knowledge. She recently applied and was selected to embark on a trip to Baltimore where she was able to hone her skills at a conference hosted by the National Federation of the Blind at the Jernigan Institute. There, Altaf and 25 other blind or low-vision trainers from various agencies were chosen to participate in a rigorous 3-day training course. The training focused on the Google Suite (docs, drive, sheets, calendar, Gmail, etc...), Android and Chromebook accessibility features, as well as mobile versions of Google Apps.

"It was an awesome experience!" Altaf said, "because of the group activities and focused one-on-one training, I feel better equipped with all of the tools and necessary skills in order to teach [blind and low vision] individuals so that they can be prepared to venture out in the professional world."

Read more: Assistive Technology Expert

We all know that moment when a child's face lights up with amazement. Thanks to the Kiwanis Charity and their wonderful donation, I get to see this on a daily basis. Nearly half of the hearing tests we perform are on children, so there is ample opportunity to showcase the new video animation system. In addition to children, parents and caregivers have all been amazed.

Read more: Alpine Kiwanis Charities Grant