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Dr. Jessica Dimmick, AuD

Dr. Jessica Dimmick, AuD

Dr. Jessica Rhodes Dimmick is the president and founder of Hearing Doctors of Iowa, Hearing Doctors of Illinois, and Hearing Doctors of Missouri, collectively known as Hearing Doctors of the Heartland. In private practice since 2012, Dr. Dimmick has turned compassionate patient care into advocacy efforts for those experiencing hearing loss and tinnitus. She has accumulated a specific depth of knowledge in the clinical assessment of hearing disorders, including hearing loss and tinnitus, with an emphasis on scenarios contributing to causation and tracking the progression of injury over time. Her specific experience is in the realm of injuries experienced by Veterans. Dr. Dimmick is an experienced and trusted evaluator of hearing loss and tinnitus cases with an emphasis in evaluation of military noise related hearing loss and tinnitus cases. In the pursuit of improved access to care for Veterans, Dr. Dimmick applied for Federal contracts to administer compensation and pension exams in 2016. Nearly 6,000 Veterans have been served by the Hearing Doctors of the Heartland network of practices since 2016.

“Equip yourself with the right professional, the right tools, and the right service and you’re in the right place. At Hearing Doctors of Iowa, I specialize in your customized solution.”Dr. Dimmick

As a doctor of audiology, Dr. Dimmick is an advocate for best practices in audiology and providing patients with quality treatment. Following the thorough assessment of a hearing disorder, establishing the ongoing needs of the patient and making short-term and long-term recommendations for treatment is Dr. Dimmick’s passion.

Dr. Dimmick was recognized in 2018 by Fortune, Entrepreneur, and O by Oprah magazine, as a leading woman in business in the Midwest. She is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor of science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. A doctorate of audiology degree was earned at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A). Dr. Dimmick is a fellow with the American Academy of Audiology (FAAA), as well as a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. She holds a license to practice audiology in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri, as well as a license for Hearing Aid Dispensing in the State of Iowa. Dr. Dimmick avidly seeks continuing education and stays in tune with the latest developments in technology and rehabilitative services for the hearing impaired.

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Dr. Lexi Kirner, AuD

Dr. Lexi Kirner, AuD

Dr. Lexi Kirner was born and raised in Quincy, IL. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Truman State University, she went on to obtain her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of South Alabama. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings including private practice, ENT clinics, children’s rehabilitation centers, and multi-specialty clinics. She holds her certificate of clinical competence in audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Dr. Kirner is licensed in the states of Illinois and Missouri.

Dr. Kirner’s clinical interests include evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss in the adult population. She is passionate about the overall well-being of each patient and strives to meet their individual needs. Her goal is to help her patients stay active and engaged in their daily activities. She is happy to be back in her hometown and enjoys making an impact in her local community. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching her husband’s sporting events, and riding horses.

Dr. Tyler Duraes, AuD

Dr. Tyler Duraes, AuD

Dr. Tyler Duraes received his Bachelor’s Degree in Speech & Hearing Science, followed by his Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Utah. He completed his clinical externship in St. Louis, MO in an ENT clinic where he provided care for patients of all ages with hearing, balance and amplification services. Upon completing his externship, Dr. Duraes moved to Des Moines where he enjoys serving rural and metro communities in Iowa, as well as United States Veterans. Dr. Duraes specializes in the prescription, fitting and follow-up care of hearing aid devices, hearing evaluation, balance disorders, and tinnitus.

Dr. Shelby Berry, AuD

Dr. Shelby Berry, AuD

Dr. Shelby Berry was born and raised in Central Illinois. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and earned her Doctorate of Audiology from Illinois State University. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings including private practice, otolaryngology clinic, pediatrics, and the VA. She holds a certificate of clinical competence in audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Dr. Berry is licensed in the state of Illinois.

Dr. Berry's clinical interests are the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss in the adult population. She strives to be an ally for patients and work to improve quality of life through hearing. She is passionate about helping patients and giving them the tools to succeed and stay engaged in life. She is thrilled to be able to serve patients in Central Illinois at our Galesburg, Kewanee, and Macomb locations.

Dr. Abby Wright, AuD

Dr. Abby Wright, AuD

Dr Abby Wright has been a licensed audiologist for 18 years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Indiana State University in 1999 followed by her Doctor of Audiology degree from Ball State University in 2003. She has practiced in a variety of settings including hospitals, ENT offices, and private practices. Dr. Wright has extensive experience in diagnostic audiological evaluations in adults and pediatrics (including special populations), vestibular evaluations, and the fitting, modifications, and adjustments of hearing aids. Dr. Wright joined Hearing Doctors of Illinois from Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon.

Dr Wright was raised on a farm in Manilla, Indiana and has spent the last 14 years providing quality hearing healthcare to the residents of Central Illinois. She has a passion for providing top-notch hearing healthcare services to rural communities where it is often difficult to receive quality care without traveling long distances. She loves a challenge, especially at work. Outside of work, Dr Wright enjoys spending time with friends and family, music and concerts, traveling, reading, and cooking.

Russ Sweet, Hearing Instrument Specialist

Russ Sweet

Russ Sweet was born and raised in Spencer, Iowa. He has been a practicing Hearing Instrument Specialist since 1996. He was also an owner of his own hearing aid practice for over 20 years located in Storm Lake, Spirit Lake, and Fort Dodge. Russ is licensed to service your hearing needs through the State of Iowa and has been a member of the Iowa Hearing Association for many years. In his 25 years of experience, Russ has an understanding of all the aspects of hearing loss, hearing technology, and patients satisfaction. The desire to improve quality of life for hard of hearing patients motivated Russ to join the Hearing Doctors of Iowa team and return to his patients in Storm Lake. When he is not in the office he enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Jessica LaFountain, Hearing Instrument Specialist

Jessica LaFountain

Jessica LaFountain grew up on a small dairy farm outside of Kewanee, IL. She got an Associates of Liberal Arts degree from Lincoln College at Normal. Jessica continued studies at Buffalo State College but that was pleasantly interrupted by a move back to Central Illinois with her husband and children. She received her education from the International Hearing Society, and continued that foundation with a mentorship here at Hearing Doctors of Illinois. Jessica is licensed in Illinois to help you with your hearing health needs. She is engaged in educating those who walk through the doors of Hearing Doctors so they can get the most out of their hearing aids. She is passionate about serving in rural communities like her own; seeing patients in Galesburg, Kewanee and Quincy.