The Now Hear This! Fund is a managed by the University of Illinois Foundation on behalf of the Department of Otolaryngology and Division of Audiology, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. Faculty advocates and representatives of the Fund include:
Dr. M. Redleaf
Professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Division of Otology/Neurotology,
Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. M. Redleaf recently joined the UIC faculty
on a full-time basis as chief of Otology/ Neurotology/ Skull Base Surgery services. She is a board-certified otologist/ neurotologist with 20+ years of experience. A graduate of the University of Chicago School of Medicine, she has also worked at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Her areas of expertise include:
David A. Klodd, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Otolaryngology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Klodd is
the immediate past chairperson of the Committee on
Admissions and is a member of the Mark Lepper Society of
Distinguished Teachers of Rush Medical College.
He has practiced as an audiologist for over 30
years with interest in otoneuro-diagnostic audiology
and, more recently, cochlear and auditory brainstem
Dr. Klodd also
teaches in the University of Florida Au.D. distance
learning program and has maintained a private practice
for 29 years.
He serves on an advisory board of the Chicago
Hearing Society, an advisory board of the Department of
Biomedical and Chemical Engineering of Syracuse
Most recently, he was elected to the Board of Directors
of the American Hearing Research Foundation and he
serves on the Research Committee for that organization.
Dr. Klodd received his BSE in Speech Pathology and
Audiology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
He graduated with an MS in Audiology from the
University of Wisconsin -Stevens Point and received his
Ph.D. in Audiology from Bowling Green State University.
Otology/Neurotology/Skull Base Surgery
The Otology/Neurotology/Skull Base Surgery Center provides comprehensive
evaluation and state-of-the-art treatment for patients
with disorders of hearing and balance. Our
expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of diseases,
including chronic infections of the ear, hearing loss
from infancy through adulthood, disorders of dizziness
and balance, and tumors of the cranial nerves and
complex structures of the cranial base.
The field of clinical Audiology emerged after WWII, when
many veterans were returning with noise-induced hearing
loss from constant exposure to artillery guns. The
Audiology program at the University of Illinois Medical
Center was developed in the late 1940s and as the
clinical field began to grow, so did the program.
Audiology became the specialty designated to identify
and treat hearing loss in all ages. In 1983, the
Division of Audiology was established at the University
of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.
The UIC Audiology Division identifies and provides
treatment for individuals with hearing loss and those
considered at risk. The ability to hear significantly
affects quality of life, regardless of age. The clinical
goal is to not just improve hearing, but to enhance the
communication skills of hearing-impaired individuals,
their family members and their friends through
comprehensive service offerings.
The commitment of the hearing program at UIC is
to focus on treating the problem, not only the symptoms
of those suffering hearing problems.
The current services are
comprehensive in nature, and our staff has significant
experience in working with clinically and
demographically diverse patients.
Our service line has no known holes in its
breadth of services:
Quantitative and qualitative audiological
diagnostics and assessment (Audiometry, tympanometry,
OAE (oto acoustic emissions), ABR (Auditory brain
Auditory implant program:
diagnostics, monitoring, processor fitting,
Hearing aid dispensing &
Custom ear mold fitting and
dispersement (for ear phones, ear plugs)
Assisted listening device
recommendation and sale (TV ears, FM communication
Neonatal hearing assessment
Counseling on communication