Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mom no longer has to lip-read when kids talk to her

Lesa Merlo finds it easier to help her kids with their homework since she had her hearing implant operation.

Lesa Merlo was diagnosed in her 20s with a genetic condition that led to increasing hearing loss. Mrs. Merlo came to Loyola University Medical Center and had a consultation with Dr. Sam Marzo, medical director of the Ear, Nose and Throat department at Loyola.

He told her she was a good candidate for a new implantable hearing device. After the surgery, her family could see the immediate impact it had on her. Lesa can now do things about the house AND hear her children when they ask homework questions from across the room. Before they would have to stand directly in front of her so that she could read their lips.

To make an appointment or for more information, please call 888-LUHS-888, (888-584-7888).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.