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Q: When I wear my hearing aids, why do I still sometimes need to ask my wife and children to repeat what they said? They get upset and harshly ask me, “Don’t you have your hearing aids on?”

A: You will certainly hear better when 1) your ears are clean and healthy and 2) you use good hearing aids that are properly fit and adjusted for you. But you will never hear perfectly. Just like good glasses will not make you a speed reader or help you understand a college economics text book, but they will help you read the words better!

Even people with no hearing loss still miss the occasional word and phrase. Many factors could hinder you from hearing a word or two at times. The next time your wife or one of your children asks for something to be repeated, point it out to them. They need to appreciate that their own hearing is never perfect, so they should not expect yours to be perfect, either. If they continue to ask if you have your hearing aids on, simply remind them you are hearing better, just not perfectly.

Hearing aids are great for all people with hearing loss, enabling them to hear sound better. Hearing aids can assist a person in their life in so many ways, helping with communication as well as self-confidence. What’s more, hearing aids can help people stay active and engaged with the world around them. Hearing aids are an important and integral part

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Having hearing loss means that you might be running from one office to another, seeing a variety of different hearing care professionals. Even though the entire journey of treating the hearing impairment can be a tiny bit tiring, there are a lot of things you learn as you go. For example, you learn how each hearing professional is different from

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Q.  Our 11, 8, and 7 year-old grandchildren are becoming more and more frustrated with my wife when she has trouble hearing them.  She says they talk too fast, mumble, and look away when they talk.  I feel caught in the middle. Can we all join my wife at a hearing test?A.   Hearing loss is not a solitary condition.  The

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Today’s hearing loss patient has many types of hearing aids to choose from.  Along with variation in style, hearing aids differ in many factors, such as technology, cost, size, placement and special features. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know how to make the right decision. While a hearing healthcare professional will likely provide

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Q.  My frustration at church and Sunday School has been growing.  Noises are more annoying and people mumble more.  How would hearing aids make any difference? A.   Once your hearing loss reaches a certain point, voices sound mumbled and indistinct.  Hearing aids can make voices more distinct and clear after they are programmed by your hearing professional to fill in

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Treating hearing loss, similar to treating any other condition, is a complex journey. This is especially true for people who are encountering hearing loss for the very first time in their lives. There are several treatment options, a plethora of professionals to choose from, and, of course, a multitude of advice from friends and acquaintances. With so many options, the

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Q.  My wife needs to use closed captions when we watch TV.  The captions distract and annoy me.  Are there new hearing aids that can reduce the need for closed captions? A.   There at least three ways hearing aids should help your wife reduced her need for closed captions.     First, when the hearing aids pick up the sound from

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Q.  When I got my hearing aids 3 years ago, a battery would last one week.  Now I have to change the batteries every day!  Are they broken or wearing out?  A.   Before you call your hearing center, check the expiration date on the battery package.  Hearing aid batteries have a 4-year expiration.  However, they begin to weaken right away. 

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Did you know that hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition in the United States? According to research reported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, hearing loss is more prevalent in America than ever before. While many people believe they can self-diagnose hearing loss by some telltale symptoms (Anyone ever say the television

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Q.  I teach at St. Edwards.  I also sing in my church’s choir.  Voices in both of these situations are becoming harder and harder to understand.  How can a hearing aid help me in such wildly different environment?  A.   Today’s most sophisticated and robust hearing aids are able to improve speech clarity in vastly different situations because of the highly

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