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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:

  • Hearing loss from infancy to adulthood

  • Chronic ear infections

  • Cholesteatoma

  • Dizziness and Balance

  • Acoustic Neuroma

  • Tumors of the lower cranial nerves

  • Tumors of the skull-base

  • Facial nerve disorders

  • Otosclerosis

  • Cochlear implants

  • BAHA implants











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 implants. 


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 University.  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.


UIC 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 reflex)

  • Auditory implant program: diagnostics, monitoring, processor fitting, counseling

    • Cochlear Implants

    • BAHA (bone anchored hearing aids)

    • Auditory Brainstem Implants (ABI)

  • Hearing aid dispensing & follow-up

  • Custom ear mold fitting and dispersement (for ear phones, ear plugs)

  • Assisted listening device recommendation and sale (TV ears, FM communication systems, telephones)

  • Neonatal hearing assessment

  • Counseling on communication strategies