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Welcome to the Ear Institute of Chicago Website

Board Certified Neurotologist and Doctorate Level Audiologists Who Specialize in Hearing Disorders/Cochlear Implants, Facial Nerve, Ear and Lateral Skull Base Surgery

The Ear Institute of Chicago is a medical and surgical practice that devotes itself entirely to the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ear, facial nerve and related structures (otology/neurotology and skull base surgery). The Ear Institute of Chicago is a practice of AMITA Health Medical Group (formerly Adventist Health Partners) and is actively engaged in research and teaching through its affiliation with the Northwestern University Medical School. This website is designed to educate and inform our patients, physicians and other health care professionals.
The patient resources section of our website is designed to help make your visit to our office a pleasurable experience. This section enhances the patient-physician-audiologist relationship by giving you 24-hour access to
new patient forms, postoperative instructions, pre-procedures instructions, tinnitus visit forms and frequently asked questions.
If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to call our office (630-789-3110) during normal business hours: 8-4:30 p.m., CST.

A New Hearing Aid Solution: Earlens

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We are proud to be a provider of Earlens, the world’s first and only hearing solution to directly vibrate the eardrum without surgery. Earlens delivers more complete sound than any traditional, acoustic hearing aid. The more complete sound comes from the Earlens ability to pick up and transmit a broader range of sounds than an acoustic hearing aid. The broader range of sound is associated with a more natural sound quality and better hearing in noise.
In Earlens, a Processor worn behind the ear sends an audio signal through the Ear Tip to a custom Lens that rests directly on the eardrum. When the eardrum receives the signal, it gently vibrates the eardrum to activate the ear’s natural hearing system.
For more information regarding Earlens, click here.
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(Photos courtesy of Earlens Co., Menlo Park, CA)

Professional Staff of the Ear Institute of Chicago

Professional Staff Ear Institute of Chicago

(L to R) K. Highouse, AuD / M. Tedness, AuD, R. Battista, MD / Brigid Townsend, AuD / J. Messina, AuD

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Telehealth Visit Option

Our office is open during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the crisis, the Ear Institute of Chicago is also offering an option for those who wish to receive great care without an in-office visit.
You can now schedule a virtual visit with your doctor or audiologist. These types of virtual visits are best for those with complaints of tinnitus and/or hearing loss and for those who have had a recent hearing evaluation. The hearing evaluation can be faxed or emailed to our office prior to the virtual visit (also known as Telehealth virtual visit).
Most insurers, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, are covering virtual care appointments at this time.
To schedule Virtual Visit (Telehealth Visit), please call our office (630-789-3110) and ask if a virtual visit is an option for your situation.

Robert Battista, MD, gave the following presentations:

Robert Battista, MD, conducted the following webinars on AudiologyOnline:

Robert Battista, MD, presented two posters at the May 2016 Combined Otolaryngology Society Meeting (COSM) in Chicago, IL. The title of the two posters were: "Long-Term Results of the Treatment of Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss" and "Rare Metastatic Lesions of the Internal Auditory Canal".

Robert Battista, MD and Vasilike Rauch, AuD, presented to local ENT physicians, primary care physicians and audiologists in September 2016 regarding "Tinnitus Treatments and the Association of Hearing Loss with Dementia and Cardiovascular Disease". The pdf version of the presentation can be found by clicking here.