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About Us

Learn about Morris Audiology and our mission

Brenene Brady M.S., CCC-A obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University. During her undergraduate studies, she had the intention of being a Speech Pathologist. However, she got to discover her true call when she started taking the required classes in audiology. And so she went further to earn her Master of Science Degree in Audiology from Portland State University and a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Brenene is licensed to practice audiology by the state of Illinois and is also a proud member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) with several years of experience under her belt.

In July of 2005, Brenene launched Morris Audiology at Morris, IL, where she administers testing as well as fits and maintains hearing aids. She has worked relentlessly in several clinical settings and also volunteers her time, expertise, and knowledge in various local nursing homes. Brenene attends to individuals of all ages. From cerumen removal to following up after a cold or virus which is comforting to all ages. She has worked with a lot of people to help them regain control of their lives and prescribed a selection of hearing aids which best suit their needs, lifestyle, and budget.

In addition to successfully running a private practice audiology clinic, Brenene also administers testing for Dr Ritz on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while she takes the rest of the weekdays to fully function at Morris Audiology. She dedicates her leisure period to her other passion which is gardening, as well as her family, friends and God. Brenene works tirelessly because she enjoys helping people. And that is exactly what we do at Morris Audiology. We understand hearing is such an important aspect of life. Hence, we do all in our power to provide you with the best possible audiology service.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

What causes hearing loss?

Hearing loss is caused by a number of factors which includes;

  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Heredity factors
  • Radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
  • Wax buildup
  • Trauma
  • Ear and viral infections

Is it possible to be unaware of a hearing loss?

Not necessarily. Due to the gradual nature of hearing loss, it is possible you do not realize you have it. At times, it may take the intervention of a third party to convince you that you have a hearing problem.

Are there various types of hearing loss?

Yes. We have 3 types; which are conductive, sensorineural and mixed.

Conductive hearing loss comes from the outer or middle ear and at times, both. Sound is prevented from reaching the inner ear, however, the auditory nerve works just fine.

Sensorineural hearing loss stems from the inner ear. This is caused as a result of damage to auditory nerve and/or auditory hair cells.

Mixed hearing loss represents the combination of both conductive and sensorineural factors.

Do hearing aids work?

Yes. With the assistance of an audiologist as well as the latest technology, hearing aids can go a long way to improve your hearing abilities.

Aren’t hearing aids a sign of old age?

Absolutely not. Hearing aids only imply a treatment for hearing loss which can affect any individual regardless of the age.

Are there other devices available to help me other than hearing aids?

Yes. They are called assistive listening devices (ALDs). They are available to help individuals hear better in certain situations. For instance, ALDs can help improve your hearing ability while watching television or for group-listening events such as lectures, religious services and more. Telephone amplifiers are also available to individuals with difficulty understanding speech issued via the telephone.

I suspect I have a hearing loss, what do I do?

Consult with an audiologist right away. An audiologist is trained to carry out a thorough hearing evaluation to identify and determine whether or not a hearing loss requires a medical or non-medical attention and will refer you to a medical professional if necessary. It is the job of an audiologist to identify, diagnose as well as treat and manage your hearing loss.

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