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Free seminar on advancements in pediatric hearing
La Grange – Families of children with hearing loss and interested health professionals are invited to attend a free informational seminar highlighting the benefits of bilateral hearing and the latest advancements in the medical management of pediatric hearing impairment.

The free event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18 at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, Dixon Auditorium, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange.

The discussion will emphasize bilateral rehabilitation in conjunction with developments in hearing aid technology and cochlear implant technology. There will also be an opportunity to speak with professionals, manufacturers’ representatives and parents of children with hearing loss.

Dawn Wolcott Maniskas, pediatric audiologist and coordinator of the pediatric audiology and cochlear implant program for Adventist Paulsen Pediatric Rehabilitation Center and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, urges people to make reservations soon.

“Last year we had such an overwhelming response that we ran out of seating,” Maniskas said.

In addition to Maniskas, the seminar features five more speakers: Dr. Robert A. Battista, practicing otologist at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Center for Hearing Restoration and Ear Research, specializing in cochlear implants; Deborah Edwards, audiologist with Phonak, specializing in pediatric hearing instrument fittings and FM systems; Kerry Roesch, pediatric audiologist and North Central Regional Manager with Advanced Bionics; Sarah Novodoff, audiologist and principal clinical specialist with Advanced Bionics; and Jennifer Gusentine, senior speech-language pathologist, specializing in aural habilitation for the Pediatric Audiology and Cochlear Implant Program at the Adventist Paulsen Rehabilitation Center in Hinsdale.

“Worldwide, there are more than 60,000 people who now use cochlear implants to restore functioning hearing,” Battista said. “Those who are under the age of 18 now represent the largest growing percentage of those receiving cochlear implants.”

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Center for Hearing Restoration and Ear Research offers patients and their families a comprehensive range of diagnostic services and surgical treatments for conditions such as profound deafness, perforations of the ear drum, otosclerosis, acoustic tumors, balance disorders and facial nerve problems. Battista and the center's other nationally recognized physicians provide local patients an opportunity to receive expert services close to home. The center also participates in national clinical trials, bringing the latest in cutting-edge medicine to its patients.

Register for this free event in one of two ways. Visit or Or contact Linda Luallen at (800) 678-2575 ext. 1467.

If you’re unable to attend the event, but would like information on hearing with cochlear implants, please contact the Bionic Ear Association (BEA) at,, (866) 844-HEAR (4327) or (800) 678-3575 TTY.