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Q. One reason I have put off getting hearing aids for so long is my sensitivity to some sounds. Things like babies crying, dogs barking, dishes banging, etc. drive me crazy. Won’t hearing aids just make those annoying sounds louder? A. Gosh - how often are you around those types of sounds? Hearing aids take sounds you do not
Q. My husband has had trouble hearing well for some time – years. He says hearing aids will make him look and feel old. Meanwhile, our family is frustrated and curt with him. How can we convince him to get some hearing aids? A. You will not be able to convince him to get hearing aids. He has to
Q. The large staff I oversee in Austin is mostly 15 to 20 years younger than me. They know I wear hearing aids and expect me to have perfect hearing. How can I get across to them that my aids help me tremendously, but not perfectly? A. When people wear glasses, we don’t expect them to see perfectly. When
Q. My new hearing aids came with large ear-bud pieces that hurt my ears after 10 minutes. The office where I got them says I have to use the ear-buds because of the type of hearing loss I have. They are so uncomfortable, I only wear them when absolutely necessary. Are there other options that won’t cause so much pain?
Q. I’m new to Austin and have used hearing aids for 20-plus years. When I bought new hearing aids last month, the office I went to would not make some personalized adjustments to my new hearing aids that I am used to. Are newer hearing aids less adjustable than older ones? A. Actually, no. Newer hearing aids are much
Q. My husband’s hearing loss and his dementia are worsening. When he doesn’t hear us well, he becomes more confused and will get irate at times. Can he learn to how use hearing aids? A. Yes, it is possible for someone with dementia to learn how to use hearing aids. Though it does depend a great deal on the
Q. My hearing aids batteries used to last about 7 days. Lately they have only worked for 1 or 2 days. Are my hearing aids wearing out? A. If your batteries suddenly went from working from 7 days to 2 days, it is probably your batteries. Did you recently begin using a different package of batteries? If so, that
Q. I have been in various ‘for fun’ garage bands in Austin for the past 25 years. Am I going to need hearing aids one day? A. It’s a possibility. Exposure to loud noise is the main reason people develop hearing loss. Some noises are so loud, they cause permanent and noticeable hearing loss immediately. In the case
Q. A very close girl friend for the past 30 years needs help hearing better. She has slowly withdrawn herself from our group’s activities and events and has become more anxious and frustrated when we meet. I try to talk with her about it, but she says she hears fine. How can I convince her to get some help?
Q. My hearing aids play beeps at odd times when I have them on. It might happen once a week, or a few times a day. Why does this happen? A. The beeps you hear could occur because of a rare outside source, or because of something happening inside your hearing aids. It is rare for an external source