The field of Audiology is concerned with both hearing and balance issues.  The testing capability available through KSB allows for extensive assessment of both the hearing and balance systems in patients of all ages, from infants to senior citizens.   Help for hearing loss is available through the provision of hearing aids.  The Audiology Department is also part of the multi-specialty Balance Center, and works in close association with physicians in the KSB Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, as well as with specialists in the Physical Therapy Department.

The goal of the Audiology Service is to help identify the presence and cause of hearing and balance difficulties, providing diagnostic results to the referring physician to allow them to treat the patient when possible, or to refer them to sources for more extensive assessment or treatment within or outside of our immediate medical community.

Hearing improvement is available through the provision of hearing aids for patients that have been medically determined to have permanent or untreatable hearing loss.  A full range of advanced digital hearing aids are available.  KSB is committed to helping patients, and will work with a variety of insurances and providers to help with the financial costs for obtaining hearing devices.

The Audiology Services of KSB offers a broad range of testing services including Otoacoustic Emissions testing (OAE), which is used to test infants and older patients who are unable to respond to more traditional test methods. Electrophysiologic testing is also available to test hearing function and the integrity of the Auditory and Vestibular nerve pathways.  Extensive assessment of balance is available using the Videonystagmography (VNG) test, Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP), and the Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) test. 

Patients who have short spells of dizziness that their doctor has identified or suspect may be due to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) can be tested for this and receive treatment to help eliminate that problem, often after only one or two visits.

If you suspect you or a family member has a hearing loss you may wish to take the Five-Minute Hearing Test which can help you and your doctor identify the presence of a concerning hearing loss and the need for a more extensive test to investigate the extent and cause of that loss.  Just click on the form below to take this test.


Locations Offering this Service

Commerce Towers Clinic
215 E. First St.
Dixon, IL 61021
(815) 288-5531

Doctors Specializing in this Service

Lydia Vincent Doty, Au.D.
Lydia Vincent Doty, Au.D.

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