Chicago, Ill. (Aug. 28, 2017) — Chicago Hearing Society will host its annual benefit, “Raise Your Paddle for CHS!,” on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. The benefit will be held at SPiN Chicago, 344 N. State St., one of the city’s newest go-to spots.

Early bird tickets are available now for $75 each through Sept. 28; prices increase to $80 as of Sept. 29. Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,000 to $10,000. The evening includes dinner, ping-pong, auction, games and more. Proceeds from the event will support the nonprofit’s services and programs.

For more than 100 years, Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) has been serving the needs—and empowering the lives—of those who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing with a variety of services, ranging from an Audiology Clinic and Hearing Aid Bank to Interpreter Services. CHS also offers a variety of social services, including a unique youth mentoring program that connects deaf adults with deaf and hard-of-hearing students and a program that helps survivors of domestic violence and their families.

Through the decades, CHS has supported people of all ages, from newborns through seniors. Patients come from all walks of life, but the majority of those served have limited financial resources. For more than a century, CHS’s doors have been open to all.

To purchase tickets for the Oct. 26 benefit or to find out more about Chicago Hearing Society, go to

Q&A with Teresa Garate, president & CEO of the Anixter Center
TUE, 12/20/2016 - 3:40PM 
By: Daily Whale Staff

06.23.15 AnixterCEO 7554 Edit 2 0Teresa Garate considers herself a “fixer” when it comes to her professional career. She has worked to implement organizational reforms while working at Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Specialized Services, the Illinois Department of Public Health and in her current role as the president & CEO of Anixter Center.

Garate stepped into her current role at the Anixter Center in June 2015. The center is one of Chicago’s largest nonprofit organizations, serving nearly 8,000 children, teens and adults with disabilities. With a broad background in education, disability, and social services, Garate joined the organization ready to implement change.

“I think my skillset is that I’ve learned how to use data to inform change and come up with best practices,” Garate told the Daily Whale in a recent interview.

Read Full Article at Daily Whale

By RYAN ORI | Crain's Chicago Business


After pulling the plug on a deal to sell one of its two Clybourn Corridor buildings to a real estate developer, the nonprofit Anixter Center is now considering selling both of them and moving to new locations.

Anixter has hired Jones Lang LaSalle to find a buyer for its four-story, 27,000-square-foot building at 2001 N. Clybourn Ave., said Teresa Garate, president and CEO of the organization that provides services to people with disabilities.

Meanwhile, JLL is advising Anixter on its options for a larger building it owns across the street at 2032 N. Clybourn, including a potential sale, Garate said.

Ivanhoe's Medical Breakthroughs recently covered our "Hear The Cheers" co-captain, Eliza Peters. Fifteen-year-old Eliza Peters lost most of her hearing by the time she was five, but she never lost heart. On the basketball court or the dance floor, Eliza was able to hear the cheers with the help of her hearing aids and she's helping other student athletes do the same.

Click here to learn more about "Hear The Cheers."




PSA showcases recipients of hearing devices 

Cate McLaughlin of Batavia can hear the cheers – and constructive pointers – of her softball coaches, thanks to a charitable organization started by a Geneva student-athlete and Sarah Spain of ESPN.

Hear The Cheers was created three years ago by Eliza Peters, now a freshman at Geneva High School, and her mentor, Spain, an ESPN radio host, espnW columnist and ESPN SportsCenter reporter.

Click here to read the full article from the Kane County Chronicle.

“Introduction to Pro-Tactile”

Presented by Bryen M Yunashko and John Lee Clarke

The presenters will guide through Pro-Tactile introduction and offer Hands On experience

Sunday, February 7, 2016
9am - 5pm.

Get your .7 CEUs early!

CEU's: Offered through Anixter Center Training Institute, approved RID CMP sponsor.

For additional information, contact Lynette Lambert at or 773-248-9121 X316 │ VP 773-904-0154.

Purchase your tickets here.

Eliza Peters Honored by Oticon2015 OTICON FOCUS ON PEOPLE AWARDS HONOR

Eliza Peters, a freshman at Geneva High School, is among the outstanding individuals with hearing loss honored by the 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national competition that celebrates individuals who are helping to eliminate negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss. As the First Place Winner in the Student Category, Eliza was honored at a special awards ceremony at Oticon, Inc. US headquarters in Somerset, New Jersey on October 8.

More than 100 hearing care professionals from across the US attended the event to celebrate Eliza’s achievements. As part of her award, Eliza has designated Hear the Cheers fund at the Chicago Hearing Society as her choice for a $1,000 donation from Oticon, Inc. She also generously donated her own award of a pair of advanced technology Oticon hearing instruments to the Hear the Cheer fund. More than 10,000 votes were cast by people from across the country to help determine who among the 12 finalists would be the 2015 first, second and third place winners in the Adult, Student, Practitioner and Advocacy categories.

Fourteen-year-old Eliza was diagnosed at age five with a hearing impairment. She has always been happy to stand up in class and talk about her hearing loss and her hearing devices. No one was surprised when she put that same passion into action to advocate for others with hearing loss. While in sixth grade, Eliza teamed up with ESPN’s Sarah Spain and the Chicago Hearing Society to develop the Hear the Cheers fund for student athletes who can’t afford hearing devices. Since the fund started in 2013, Eliza has helped to raise almost $81,000 in donations and donated equipment so that many other children can also “Hear the Cheers”!

“Individuals like Eliza are inspiring role models for people living with hearing loss,” states Oticon President Peer Lauritsen. “The remarkable people who are honored in this year’s Oticon Focus on People Awards program have taken their unique circumstances and transformed their lives with a positive outlook that has enabled them to overcome challenges and accomplish goals well beyond what many thought possible.”

The Oticon Focus on People Awards program was created in 1997 by Oticon, Inc., one of the world’s oldest and most respected hearing instrument manufacturers. By celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of individuals with hearing loss, Oticon, Inc. aims to call attention to common misconceptions about hearing loss and motivate people with hearing loss to take advantage of the help that is available to them. The company’s goal is to reach out to the 80 percent of an estimated 28 million Americans who could benefit from hearing solutions, but who fail to seek professional help.  

Read the inspirational stories of all 12 winners of the Oticon Focus on People Awards at

Learn more about Hear the Cheers.

Vote Online at now through September 18!

Oticon, Inc. has narrowed this year's finalists down to 9 outstanding people with hearing loss who are helping to change negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss.

Each is unique, remarkable and inspiring. And we are pleased to announce that Eliza Peters has been chosen as a finalist in the Student category!

While in sixth grade, this determined 14-year-old freshman at Geneva High School teamed up with ESPN's Sarah Spain and the Chicago Hearing Society to develop the Hear The Cheers fund for student athletes who can't afford hearing devices. Since 2013, Eliza has helped to raise nearly $81,000 in donations.

Please help us recognize Eliza as one of the top finalists by casting your vote at

Today kick starts the American Diabetes Association's four-week awareness campaign. Complications of diabetes such as heart disease, kidney disease, neuropathy and vision loss or blindness are common knowledge. What most people are not aware of is that diabetics are about twice as likely to have hearing loss. Some experts believe that hearing loss is an under-recognized complication of diabetes. Untreated hearing loss is known to cause stress, anxiety, isolation, depression, frustration, cognitive decline, and disrupt relations whether with family, friends or in the workplace, and reduced income potential.

Chicago Hearing Society supports the Better Hearing Institute's 5 Habits for Healthier Hearing for People with Diabetes. You can take action to help protect your hearing by:

  1. Getting a thorough hearing exam every year and watching for signs of hearing loss: If you notice increased difficulty hearing get hearing checked sooner. Be sure to keep your primary care physician and endocrinologist apprised of your hearing health.
  2. Using hearing aids, if recommended: Hearing aids not only improve communication amongst family, friends and co-workers, they can help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline and improve overall quality of life. Successful management of diabetes will depend upon effective communication between physician and patient; hearing aids are currently the best solution to improve communication for most people with hearing loss.
  3. Keeping your blood sugar under control: Your hearing health may depend upon controlling blood sugar. Similarly, the heart, eyes and nerve health are affected by blood sugar levels.
  4. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle: Studies show that smoking and obesity may increase the risk of hearing loss whereas regular physical activity appears to help protect against hearing loss. Therefore, exercising, healthy eating and not smoking benefits hearing health.
  5. Using ear protection: Everyone, including those with hearing loss, is at risk of noise-induced hearing loss. The simplest and best way to preserve hearing is by using ear protection. Disposable earplugs are inexpensive and readily available. Use them to protect hearing in loud work or other noisy environments. Keep the volume down when using smart phones or other electronics and minimize use of ear buds and headphones.

Diabetic or pre-diabetic? Contact Chicago Hearing Society and schedule your hearing test today. Call: 773-248-9121 ext. 322

If you're one of the nearly 40 million Americans who suffer with hearing loss, maybe it's time to consider investing in your hearing health.

Research shows that the rewards can be substantial. In fact, identifying and addressing hearing loss has been shown to positively influence virtually every aspect of an individual's life, helping people personally, professionally and even financially.

New technological advances have revolutionized hearing aids in recent years. Today's hearing aids can automatically adjust to all kinds of sound environments and filter out noise. Many are virtually invisible, sitting discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal. Some are even waterproof, and others are rechargeable. Best of all, many are wireless, so you can stream sound from smartphones, home entertainment systems and other electronics directly into your hearing aid(s) at volumes just right for you.

When it comes to the purchase of personal items that enhance your life, there's more than one way to measure value. Here are six ways that investing in professionally fitted hearing aids—if recommended by a hearing care professional following a comprehensive hearing evaluation—could bring you a greater return on your investment than you ever imagined.

Unleash your earning potential. Using hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90-100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65-77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss, according to a Better Hearing Institute (BHI) study. People with untreated hearing loss lost as much as $30,000 in income annually, the study showed.

Maintain your cognitive function. Research shows a link between hearing loss and dementia, leading experts to believe that interventions, like hearing aids, could potentially delay or prevent dementia. Research is ongoing.

Keep you on your feet. A Johns Hopkins study showed that people in middle age (40-69) with even just mild hearing loss were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling. The intensive listening effort demanded by unaddressed hearing loss may take cognitive resources away from what is needed for balance and gait, experts have suggested.

Relieve stress and lift your mood. When people with hearing loss use hearing aids, many feel more in control of their lives and less self-critical, BHI research shows. One study found that the majority of people with mild and severe hearing loss felt better about themselves and life overall as a result of using hearing aids.

Tame that ringing in your ears. Hearing aids can help reduce the prominence of tinnitus by amplifying background sound. Just taking the focus off the tinnitus can provide relief for many people. Hearing aids also reduce the stress associated with intensive listening, which alone can help relieve tinnitus symptoms.

Strengthen your relationships. Research shows that using hearing aids can help improve interpersonal relationships. In one BHI study of people with hearing loss, more than half of the respondents said using hearing aids improved their relationships at home, their social lives and their ability to join in groups. Many even saw improvements in their romantic lives.

Addressing hearing loss really is a smart buying decision.

Make the investment today. Start by taking a free, quick and confidential online hearing check to determine if you need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing health care professional.

This article is republished with permission from

Did you know that hearing loss may be an early sign of cardiovascular disease in otherwise healthy middle aged people? The link between cardiovascular disease and hearing loss has to do with the blood flow in the inner ear. The inner ear is more sensitive to blood flow than other parts of the body lending itself to early detection of abnormalities in the cardiovascular system.

Recent research has also shown that hearing loss is much more common in individuals in their forties than previously realized. *

Take the February hearing/heart challenge:

Check your hearing!

CHS is offering free hearing screenings until the end of February.

Call: 773-248-9121 ext 322 or click here for a Quick Hearing Check PDF.


Meet the children you are helping through Hear The Cheers with this new video from Eliza Peters and Sarah Spain.



In 2016, "Hear The Cheers" Co-Captains Sarah Spain of espnW and ESPN Radio and her mentee, 10th grader Eliza Peters of Geneva, IL, raised over $27,000 for the "Hear The Cheers" fund in partnership with Chicago Hearing Society (CHS). Since its inception, more than than $100,000 for hearing aids and equipment has been raised.

Now "Hear The Cheers" is gearing up for this year's campaign, with the goal of raising at least $20,000.

All money donated goes directly to providing hearing aids and related audiology services to children all across Chicago and the Chicagoland suburbs because every child deserves the chance to "Hear The Cheers!"

Thanks to everyone who has donated in the past. Your support has been amazing! We are counting on you again this year. With your support, even more children will "Hear The Cheers!"

Donations can be made online and are tax deductible. Just click the button below and select "Hear The Cheers" for your donation.

Donate to hear the cheersSecure donations through Network for Good



Eliza's recent interview with BATV


Thank you "Hear The Cheers" Partners:

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Registration is now open!
Early Bird Special $65.00 until Jan. 16, 2015
$80.00 After Jan 16th │ $100.00 At the Door │ $35.00 Student with School ID

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“Falling into the DeafBlind World”

Presented by Bryen M Yunashko and Karen Janssen
“What You Know and Don’t Know about Culture, Techniques and Interpreting Methods
Including Pro-Tactile”

Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Get your .8 CEUs early!

Register Online here.

Location: Chicago Hearing Society, 2001 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
4th Floor Workshop Room

CEU’s: Offered through Anixter Center Training Institute, approved RID CMP sponsor

Hello Everyone,

The winter holiday season is here!!! We hope everyone is able to celebrate the holidays safely.

However, we know there are people who are struggling. Some may have a substance use problem. What is substance use? Having a problem with alcohol and/or other drugs.

If you or someone you know, that is deaf or hard of hearing, is struggling with alcohol or drugs, contact ARD (Addiction Recovery of the Deaf) at Anixter Center. We can help. Call us at 773-904-0105 (VP) or fax us at 773-549-0351.

Sylvia Orozco , BA, CADC Anixter Center

2001 N. Clybourn Ave.
Suite 402
Chicago, IL 60614

Have a safe holiday season!!!

 Understanding My Insurance:
Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable
Care Act
Please join us for a free presentation on:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
4:00-7:00 pm
Presented by Chicago Hearing Society

Anixter Center,
Polk Conference Room,
3rd Floor
2032 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614

This presentation will be done using Sign Language and a CDI. Please RSVP
by 11/3/14 to Kim Eischen at 773-904-0143 VP or
Reservations are required. Free parking in the lot behind Anixter Center.

Light dinner will be provided.




Eval LopezEva Lopez is a 4th year audiology extern at Chicago Hearing Society, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before graduate school, Eva received her bachelors in science from Penn State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She became interested in audiology because she enjoys playing musical instruments and is interested in learning how we hear and process sounds and language. Audiology is a field that combines the study of acoustics, psychology, and hearing science which greatly interests her. Her time at CHS has been a rewarding learning experience as she gets to work with patients from all types of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. In the future, Eva would like to continue providing audiological services to patients and also provide community outreach services by helping educate populations with hearing loss and help them find resources to meet their audiological needs.

In honor of National Audiology Awareness Month and Protect Your Hearing Month, Chicago Hearing Society has assembled FAQs about hearing loss prevention.

What is an Audiologist? Audiologists are health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.

Who experiences hearing loss? Over 36 million Americans have hearing loss – more than half are UNDER the age of 65.

Is noise-induced hearing loss easy to notice? Because noise-induced hearing loss usually happens gradually, most people do not realize it is happening.

Is noise-induced hearing loss preventable? Approximately 12% of all children ages 6 – 19 have noise induced hearing loss which is permanent and almost always preventable. Be aware of hazardous noise in your life and take appropriate steps such as turning the volume down on MP3 players, walking away from noise, wearing ear protection at concerts and scheduling a hearing evaluation by an audiologist if you suspect hearing loss has already begun.

How loud is too loud? Sounds above 85 decibels will damage hearing; the louder the noise, the faster the damage occurs. Protect your hearing by knowing which noises are loud enough to cause harm. These include ambulance sirens, lawn mowers, motorcycles, chainsaws, powerboats and personal listening devices such as MP3 players and cell phones.

For more information on hearing loss protection, visit and

Celebrating 100 Years


Celebrating 100 Years
Thank you to all our donors, sponsors, underwriters, attendees and supporters! Our 100thanniversary celebration on Aug. 19 was a wonderful evening, thanks to all of you! It was an inspiring evening that looked back at 100 great years and, even more important, previewed the next 100 years. We are grateful that you are part of our past and our future!


Photos by Charles Simone

If you have experienced a captioning problem while watching television, you can easily report the issue to the FCC.

Some professions are misunderstood and one of them is sign language interpreting. Just because you know sign language doesn't mean you can qualify as an interpreter.

Dear Friends of Chicago Hearing Society:

After 19 years of dedicated service, Jill Sahakian will retire in early April from her position as Director of CHS, a division of Anixter Center. While it was a difficult decision for Jill to make, she wants to spend more time with her elderly parents and be available to do as much as possible for them.

I want to thank Jill for her many years of devoted service and the passion she brought to the position every day. Jill has been a wonderful champion for CHS, faithfully guiding the organization through some challenging times. In two years, CHS will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Thanks to Jill's leadership, CHS is well positioned to continue its success into its next century of service.

For the past 19 years, Jill has been dedicated to serving CHS and the Deaf community. While we will miss her, we thank her for all she has accomplished and wish her many enjoyable years of retirement.

A search has begun for a new Director for CHS. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to or fax the documents to 773-973-5268.

Kevin Limbeck
President & CEO
Anixter Center

Sarah Spain of espnW and ESPN Radio and her mentee, 7th grader Eliza Peters of Geneva, IL, are proud to announce that the 2014 edition of Eliza’s Hear the Cheers Fund in partnership with Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) raised over $13,000.

Morning Win: The Seahawks’ deaf fullback will inspire you to root for Seattle.

Chicago Hearing Society and Illinois Licensed Deaf Interpreters proudly co-host the

  Mary Mulcrone Winter Conference 2014

Chicago Hearing Society is very pleased to announce that CHS received the award for Best Interpreting Service.

If you want to enjoy the sounds of summer for years to come, take precautions now.

When the current season of “Project Runway” debuted on July 18th, it featured the show’s first deaf contestant, Justin LeBlanc.

Syracuse, NY (June 17th, 2013) – Brian McCaskey and Mark Scoggins are used to interacting with championship athletes, but they recently meet three very different kinds of champions.

CHS Hearing Aid BankBy donating your old hearing aids to Chicago Hearing Society's Hearing Aid Bank, you can help ensure everyone has the opportunity to improve their quality of life through better hearing. Chicago Hearing Society accepts donations of new and used hearing aids, which are reconditioned and reprogrammed for qualified individuals through our Hearing Aid Bank.

When people do not qualify for Medicaid or other public benefits they can apply for our Hearing Aid Bank, which charges on a sliding fee basis. Thanks to contributions from foundations and individual supporters, qualified individuals are offered a hearing evaluation, hearing aid consultation, hearing aid fitting and follow-up care after the hearing aids are dispensed. The Hearing Aid Bank is at the heart of Chicago Hearing Society's Hearing Health Clinic. The program has been going strong for more than 50 years, but your help is needed to keep it going.

If you are interested in supporting the Hearing Aid Bank, please contact CHS at 773-248-9121 (voice) or 773-248-9174 (TTY) or for more information.

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Tickets on Sale Now for Chicago Hearing Society’s Fall Benefit on Oct. 26

Chicago, Ill. (Aug. 28, 2017) — Chicago Hearing Society will host its annual benefit, “Raise Your Paddle for CHS!,” on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. The benefit will be held at SPiN Chicago, 344 N. State St., one of the city’s newest go-to spots. Early bird tickets are available now for $75 each... Read more

Daily Whale Q&A with Tere Garate

Q&A with Teresa Garate, president & CEO of the Anixter CenterTUE, 12/20/2016 - 3:40PM By: Daily Whale Staff Teresa Garate considers herself a “fixer” when it comes to her professional career. She has worked to implement organizational reforms while working at Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Specialized Services, the Illinois Department of... Read more

Dr. Garate’s Interview with Crain’s Chicago Business

By RYAN ORI | Crain's Chicago Business After pulling the plug on a deal to sell one of its two Clybourn Corridor buildings to a real estate developer, the nonprofit Anixter Center is now considering selling both of them and moving to new locations. Anixter has hired Jones Lang LaSalle to find a buyer for... Read more


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