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Hearing Services

NIA provides itinerant services to students with hearing loss (age 3-22) in district programs and/or mainstream education. Hearing service staff members help educational planning teams identify those who qualify for and are in need of hearing service intervention to ensure academic success.


Hearing Itinerant

  • Direct and Consult services
  • Language Development
  • Self advocacy skills
  • Management of hearing loss and impact on language, communication and social interaction
  • Share current resources and information with education team and families

Hearing Supervision

Technical assistance supervision for programs and teachers

  • Review failed hearing screenings and hearing referrals
  • Functional Hearing Assessments and provide recommendations if needed
  • Program and curriculum development
  • Professional Development for educators
  • Links to specialized resources
  • Coordinate site-based hearing clinics and district-specific hearing screening days
  • Coordinate annual needs assessment *Supervise classroom and/or itinerant teachers serving deaf/hard-of hearing students, providing technical assistance on an ongoing regular basis

Who We Are

Our hearing team consists of Licensed Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and ISBE Approved Interpreters. Leadership and support is provided by supervisors who are also licensed in the area of Deaf and Hard of Hearing. On average our hearing team members have 15 of years experience. We access ongoing and continuing education through the Illinois Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Conference as well as other state and local training.

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Hearing Services Contacts

Kathy Reuter
Itinerant Supervisor
Supervisor of Hearing Services
2422 W. Main Street, Ste. 3A
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 402-2011
Email Kathy
Noelle New
Itinerant Supervisor
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Supervisor
4920 East State Street, Unit 6
Rockford, IL 61108
(779) 423-6916
Email Noelle
Julie Lenz
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Supervisor
1600 Big Timber Road
Hampshire, IL 60140
(847) 792-3769
Email Julie

Find us in Northwestern Illinois

4 Office Locations

  • Sycamore
  • Rockford
  • St. Charles
  • Sterling

5 Hearing Clinic Locations

  • Aurora
  • St. Charles
  • South Beloit
  • Rockford
  • Sterling