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Q.  My Dad complains that my Mom mumbles.  My Mom complains that my Dad ignores what she says.  Neither of them thinks it’s a hearing issue. What do you suggest? A.  Run a couple of quick hearing tests with your Dad.  Show him how loud the TV needs to be for him to hear it well compared to you and

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Q.  My Dad tried some hearing aids a couple of years ago.  He complained from Day 1 they didn’t sound right and hid them.  He knows he can’t hear well, but he says hearing aids don’t work for him.  He’s depressed.  We’re going crazy.  What other options does he have? A.  Your Dad might not have taken the proper amount

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Q.  When I was 13 or 14, a bottle rocket went off next to my left ear while playing in Zilker Park.  I heard ringing in that ear for a couple of weeks.  That was 20 years ago and now I feel like my left ear cannot hear as well as my right ear.  Do I need to get a

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Q.  I have a hard time understanding people in noisy restaurants, in big crowds, and whenever there is a lot of background noise around me.  How can I adjust my hearing aids to help me in those situations? A.  Hearing aids are programmed to help you hear sounds you would not hear well with your normal hearing.  Sometimes that includes

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Q.  I have had my 2 nd pair of hearing aids for 5 or 6 years.  I only had my first pair about 3 years.  How can I tell if it’s time to get new hearing aids or not? A.  The main reason to consider new hearing aids is whether or not your current hearing aids help you enough.  Here

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Q.  I know my hearing is pretty bad.  My wife and children badger me every day about it.  I tried some basic hearing aids a couple of years ago and they made things worse. What else can I do?   A.  Their concern (badgering) is sign they care – that’s a good thing.  They want you to communicate with them

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Q.  A good friend tried to explain to me how her new hearing aids have programs for things like whispers, restaurants, music, television, and phone calls.  How does that work?  I want these features when I get hearing aids this summer. A.  When a hearing aid turns on, it starts up in a default listening mode (Program 1) that has

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Q.  I tried to use top-end hearing aids about 10 years ago and they just didn’t work well enough for me.  Are the features and capabilities in the newest hearing aids really any better?   A.  Today’s generation of hearing aids truly work better than the ones ten years ago, or even five years ago for that matter.     Hearing

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Q.  I had my hearing tested in North Austin last month.  They said if I waited much longer to get hearing aids that my brain would not be able to process sounds any better.  Will I lose the window of opportunity to hear better if I don’t get hearing aids now? A.  The notion of ‘Help it, or lose it’

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Q.  My wife was once a very happy, sociable person.  Throat cancer treatments affected her hearing 4-5 years ago.  Since then she has become much more anxious and irritable when we are with family or friends.  She just can’t follow what we’re talking about.  Can hearing aids help a person with this much trouble? A.  You wife’s hearing loss could

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