Singer-Ben VanBuskirk Able to Rock Again
"It is reassuring that Dr.S.Sims is a musician & singer..."
Rock singers – good ones, at least – are known for their ability to alter their voice, to sing high, extra loud, or in a low, throaty, scratchy moan that suggests smoky rooms and hard times. Unfortunately, what often makes rock stars and memorable voices also can lead to vocal problems that shorten or damage singing careers. Lead-singer,BenVanBuskirk knows about vocal problems. The Chicago-based rock singer has sung with a number of bands in recent years and is currently the lead singer for Seven Day Sonnet, an alternative/metal band on its way up. With the support of a well-known music producer, the band released its first album in 2009 and worked on a new recording in 2010. It launched a tour of clubs in the Midwest in early 2011. - read more.
Ann Hubert - "Hearing Again is Good for Business and for the Soul."
"Dr. Saadia- Redleaf is a healer . . ."
Hearing loss, whether it happens gradually over time or at warp speed, can take over a person’s life, affecting every element of it – family, work, even leisure time. For Ann Hubert, hearing loss touched every aspect of her life, but her persistence for the right solution, and a connection with UIC Otolaryngologist Dr. Miriam I. Saadia-Redleaf, made all the difference. Hubert’s odyssey – from experiencing a dramatic falloff in hearing quality to receiving a cochlear implant late in 2010 – took only two calendar years, but encompassed a lifetime of ups and downs. Already a hearing aid user, in late 2009, Hubert noticed that her hearing was worsening. As an executive in a family-owned industrial services company in Chicago’s western suburbs, she noticed that her declining hearing clearly affected her work, cutting into her ability to talk on the phone, a major part of her sales and customer-service responsibilities. - read more
Lewis Trammell- "knows hard times."
"Dr Pytynia spoke to his doggedness and sense of service."
A longtime laryngeal cancer patient first diagnosed a quarter-century ago, he's familiar with life's ups and downs. But above all, he's a longtime survivor devoted to helping others take on their own challenges.
The 66 year-old has been in and out of cancer treatment for most of his adult life, surviving laryngeal cancer far longer than do many with the condition, pushing forward even after he underwent a laryngectomy in 2009 at UI Hospital. While he's struggled at times, he's also taken care of others through his work and volunteer activities. - read more
She Hears Her Own Voice - Thanks to the UI otolaryngology cochlear implant team
According to the Children's Hearing Institute, at least a million children are deaf or have a communication disorder. Many are infants and small children, whose development and language skills can be significantly affected. Early diagnosis and treatment – including cochlear implants, now used by about 19,000 children under 18 – can have profound effects. Just ask Sara Kowalski.
The nine year-old Chicago fourth-grader is a happy cochlear implant recipient. She benefited from the full range of services the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System provides. Diagnosis, surgery/implantation, and audiology/speech pathology treatments - have helped her develop speech-language skills to succeed in a mainstreamed school.- read more