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Q.  I lost the hearing in my right ear 20 years ago when I was in high school.  Hearing better and keeping my current job has become even more important given the economic impact by the virus.  Is there a way a hearing aid might help my right ear?   A.  I would recommend two steps for you.  Set up

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Q.  My parents are using the corona virus as the latest reason not to address their hearing loss.  With the news on all the time at their house, they get into even more disagreements because they mishear a lot of the news.  How can I get them to finally get some hearing aids?   A.  Though you have noticed your

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Q.  My dog chewed up one of my hearing aids this week.  My hearing center is fully closed during the lockdown.  I have seen TV commercials for hearing aids, and my Mom’s Reader’s Digest has an insert ad in it for hearing aids.  Will these types of hearing aids be okay to use?   A.  Hearing aids require hands-on customization

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Q.  I wear a face mask when I am at work and out running necessary errands like grocery shopping.  Are there better ways to wear a face mask with my hearing aids so the masks’ elastic bands around my ears do not pull off my hearing aids.   A.  As we wear masks more frequently, they pose potential issues more

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Q.  While doing my job from home these past few Covid-19 weeks, my colleagues and I conduct more conference calls and video calls than we ever did before.  The hearing problems I had in live meetings are much, much worse in virtual meetings.  Is there a hearing aid that can help me in video and conference calls?   A.  Working

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Q.  My family and I have been staying at home for the past three weeks and my husband’s hearing loss is more and more evident.  He vacillates between irritation and isolation because of his trouble hearing us well.  Plus he needs the TV and radio to be much louder than the rest of us, which annoys us a great deal. 

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Q.  Now that we’re spending more time at home due to the virus, it has become undeniably apparent my wife needs the TV volume up much louder than any of the rest of our family.  If she could turn it up to 110, she would.  How would hearing aids help her?   A.  Hearing aids boost the sounds a person

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Q.  My mother’s nursing home in Austin has stopped allowing visitors.  How can I ensure her hearing aids are being cleaned and maintained properly over the next few weeks?   A.  Your mother’s nursing home will likely allow you to drop off hearing aid batteries for your Mom.  The staff should be able to check and change the batteries for

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Q.  The hearing loss in my right is twice as bad as the loss in my left ear.  My hearing center suggested I use two hearing aids.  Is a hearing aid for my left ear really necessary?   A.  If you have a 25% loss in your left ear, and your right ear has twice as much loss (50%), your

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Q.  My 6-year old hearing aids have been ‘tuned up’ a few times over the years.  It has helped some, but I get more feedback.  My hearing center says they can only make my aids louder, but not clearer.  Why is that?   A.  Since your hearing aids have been adjusted a few times over the past 6 years to

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