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The Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) is a private non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all children affected by hearing and communication disorders through support, education, and advocacy. Since its founding in 1958, the organization has become an indispensable voice and source of services in the Midwest region for parents and professionals seeking help for children who are suffering and marginalized with hearing and communication disorders.  Early intervention, medical attention, educational and support services are critical needs that FHSR has supported for over 60 years.

Partners Matter:

Seated on the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation’s Board of Directors, are parents of children with hearing loss, adults living with hearing loss and industry professionals committed to our mission. This group strives to assure that all children with hearing loss attain the same levels of education and social integration as their hearing peers. The Board believes in the intrinsic strength of children to change not only the public’s perception of living with hearing loss but to be change agents in their communities through all they accomplish.

The Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation Associate Board is comprised of young adults directly affected by hearing loss, either personally or professionally. We proudly have some of the first generation of cochlear implant recipients sitting on our Associate Board, guiding and giving back. In addition, our dedicated Associate Board members are early intervention experts, teachers of the deaf/ hard of hearing in both private and public schools in Illinois, and professionals with a family connection to hearing loss. Through their mentorship program and community gatherings, the Associate Board works to create connections for kids with hearing loss.

Sound Experience:

Timeline

2020
Mar 12

Expansion of the Music to My Ears Program

In 2020 FHSR expanded the music program to include individual instrument lessons along with classroom and after school music programming in two Chicagoland deaf/hard of hearing schools.

2018
Jan 10

Music To My Ears Scholarship Program

FHSR commemorates the Foundation’s 60th Anniversary by announcing the Music To My Ears Scholarship Program with a series of fundraising events over the next 12 months.

2016
Oct 01

Read Literacy Program Funding

Thanks to funding by FHSR the CHS Read Literacy Program is expanded to support deaf /hard of hearing children in Central and Southern Illinois.

2014
Oct 28

Honoring our long term Board Directors

FHSR A Night of Service honors the dedicated Board Directors with a reception to highlight their years of service.  Honored that night were Pat Livingston, whose parents were founding members of FHSR and Louise Hart who has sat on the Board for over 50 years. In addition, Carey Gelfand who served as Chair for over 10 years and Jim Borovsky who has been a Director for over 25 years.

2012
May 28

Move for the Kids

Lurie Children’s Move for the Kids:  FHSR participates in the inaugural 5K walk celebrating the move from the original location of Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago in Lincoln Park to the new hospital in the Streeterville neighborhood.  In moving to the new facility, FHSR was honored to have 5 of the 7 new state of the art sound testing booths named in its honor.

2011
Mar 01

Cheers for Ears

Cheers for Ears – started the free family concert series to encourage music appreciation for children with hearing loss

2010
Mar 15

Hart Family

Creation of the Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator position

2002
Mar 06

Partnership with the Children’s Memorial Hospital

FHSR Partners with Children’s Memorial Hospital now renamed the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to support Dr. Nancy Young’s Audiology Department and Cochlear Implant clinic.

2000
Aug 17

Change of Focus

A focus on Pediatric hearing loss.

1990
Jul 03

Hearing Screening for Newborns Act

The Illinois Legislation passes the Hearing Screening for Newborns Act requiring all hospitals to conduct hearing screening of all newborn infants. If a child fails the screening they are referred for additional hearing screening.

Feb 22

Supporting Critical Medical Research

FHSR makes the decision to support critical medical research 1990, beginning with support for Dr. Nina Krause through seed funding to establish her laboratory at Northwestern University and her Auditory research. Dr. Krause has since gone on to be one of the top researchers in the world in Auditory related issues.

1989
Jul 12

Northwestern University

Siegel Institute programs are formally established at Northwestern University.

1980
May 21

Changing Times

FHSR adapts to the changing times and strategically steers the organization forward into a new decade. This period also marks the start of a multi-year process to migrate the programs from Michael Reese to Northwestern University.

1970
May 22

David T. Siegel Institute

The Henner Center becomes the David T. Siegel Institute at Michael Reese Hospital and Dr. Henner partners with renowned researcher Lazlo Stein to continue to advance its mission.

1964
Mar 28

Team Approach

1960
Oct 04

New Building

The Siegel family offered to build a building at Michael Reese. Michael Resse Hospital requested that a stand-alone clinic be built to house the Henner Center.

1958
Jan 01

The FHSR is born

The board of friends, family and individuals with hearing loss formally becomes the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation with the mission to serve all individuals with hearing loss and speech issues, both adult and pediatric.

1950
Jan 11

Robert Henner Hearing and Speech Center

Establishment of the Robert Henner Hearing and Speech Center at Michael Reese Hospital of Chicago. The Center answered a great need: the organization developed speech and rehabilitation programs and classes for children and adults, most of which had hearing loss.

Jan 04

The beginning

Dorothy Meyer and Morton Schamberg starting holding lip reading classes in the basement of the Meyer house. Dr. Robert Henner, Otologist, at Michael Reese Hospital had a vision of establishing a clinic to support individuals with hearing loss and speech issues. As a precursor to FHSR, Meyer and Schamberg started a board comprised of their family and friends to start to raise money to see Dr. Henner’s vision become a reality

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Upcoming events

Due to Covid-19 restrictions all FHSR events have been placed on hold.

We look forward to gathering again soon when it is safe for all of us to do so. 
Be safe and please continue to check back for event updates.

Information to follow pending rescheduling

Cheers & Beers for Ears will be back in 2021

The FHSR Associate Board – Cheers & Beers for Ears will be back in 2021
Please help us fundraise to support local Chicago-land loaner Pediatric Hearing Aid Banks. Your support is needed now more then ever!

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In the news

Summertime Tips for Kids with Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants

Summer time is filled with hot days and water fun! Below are some tips and tricks for maintaining cochlear implants and hearing aid equipment for kids with hearing loss throughout the warm months to avoid damage. Hearing Aids Earmold care Develop a routine for rinsing off earmolds to eliminate any sunscreen/bug spray/bubbles that may have accumulated on the molds. Remove the earmold by the tubing connected to tone hook, clean/rinse with dish soap, and let your earmold(s) air dry overnight. To ensure no moisture bubbles are lodged within tubing, use air blower (usually provided by Audiologist!) to remove any moisture …

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What can parents do to help prepare their toddler for a hearing test?

Does your toddler have an upcoming hearing test with an audiologist? Here are some things you can do ahead of time to help prepare them for the experience.      1. Desensitize your child’s ears. During the audiology appointment, there is going to be a lot of attention placed on your child’s ears. If they have never had their ears touched before, the experience could be off-putting.   In the days leading up to the appointment, try playing a game of pretend ear doctor with your child.   Gently tug on the top part of their ear and look inside their ear … Read

Supporting Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children from Identification to Education : Video Recording Now Available

2020 FHSR Speaker Series
The FHSR Speaker Series 2020: Supporting Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children from Identification to Education webinar recording is now available.   Video webinar preview The original FHSR Speaker Series event occurred on February 6, 2020 at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois and featured experts in pediatric hearing loss discussing the current best practices during the journey of DHH children from identification as deaf through treatment and therapy and on to entering formal education.  Additionally, the panel shared information about new technologies/practices/research/therapies used to help deaf/hard of hearing children and their families work together with professionals to help deaf children thrive. Featured panelists included: Nancy … Read

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FHSR Short Historical Documentary

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Miguel’s Story with FHSR and Cheers for Ears!

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