Dr. Alison Kaye is the founder and Director of the Hearing Wellness Centers, headquartered in Highland Park, IL. She is a clinical Audiologist, having received her Doctorate in Audiology in 2000 from Nova Southeastern University and her Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Louisville, School of Medicine, in 1994. Dr. Kaye maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A), and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (FAAA). She is licensed by the State of Illinois.
Dr. Kaye has been a practicing Audiologist since 1994. Her experience includes work in private practice as well as with major hospitals, including Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Northshore University Health System; and as an associate professor with Nova Southeastern University. She also directed clinical research trials for GN Resound, one of the world’s largest hearing aid technology companies. In that role, Dr. Kaye helped develop and test many of the most sophisticated hearing devices currently being marketed. In particular, Dr. Kaye was instrumental in the testing of wireless communication within hearing aids, allowing hearing aids to sync with televisions, external microphones, and cell phones. Dr. Kaye was also an integral member of the fitting software development team where the newest technology was developed, tested and brought to market.
While Dr. Kaye has wide-ranging experience in the diagnosis and intervention of hearing loss in adults, she has developed an expertise in childhood auditory disorders and intervention methodologies. She has also been a leader in advancing the state of auditory processing disorder testing and the diagnosis of vestibular (balance) disorders. Dr. Kaye is one of only few audiologists in the Chicago area who can test and interpret results for childhood auditory processing disorders.
Hearing Wellness Centers was organized to provide highly-personalized diagnosis and intervention strategies to meet the unique needs of each patient. Dr. Kaye and her team do not practice “cookie cutter” audiology, which usually focuses on the sale of hearing aid devices as the end result. Instead, Hearing Wellness Centers looks holistically at the patient, his or her lifestyle practices and needs as they intersect with auditory difficulties and potential corrective strategies. The objective for every patient is to devise a wellness program designed to mitigate the progression of hearing loss where possible and improve the patient’s overall quality of life through interventions.