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Q.  My daughter and granddaughter took me sup boarding on Lady Bird Lake.  It took about half a minute before I fell into the water – while still wearing my hearing aids!  What steps should I take when they get wet like this? A.  Water was once a major nuisance for hearing aids.  When exposed to a small amount of

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Q.  I am fairly sure I hear fine 80% of the time.  It’s the other 20% of the time that I have trouble understanding what’s being said.  Should I wait to get hearing aids until it’s more like 50-50? A.  How much does the 20% of the time impact you and those around you?  How frustrating, annoying, and aggravating are

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Q.  My mail order hearing aids definitely make voices, sounds, and the world in general much louder.  But words are still not clear enough for me to understand them any better.  Why is that? A.  Your mail order hearing aids (and other basic personal amplifiers and low tech hearing aids) are certainly able to make sounds louder.  But they are

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Q.  My parents are exhibiting a growing amount of frustration and antagonism with our family and each other.  At times they can become very angry or just shut down.  It seems mostly to be when they cannot hear well.  If their hearing is involved, could using hearing aids improve their moods? A.  The behaviors you describe can all be components

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Q.  To me, my family mumbles and talks too softly.  I am also more sensitive to noise than I used to be.  How can hearing aids help me hear their voices better without making background noises too loud? A.  Today’s hearing aids are smart enough to help your brain hear voices better and resist the effects of background noises.  Yes,

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Q.  Over the last 3-4 years, it feels like my left ear is not picking up any sound at all.  I struggle more now to talk with my family, work mates, and friends.  Could a hearing aid help my left ear? A.  There are at least two non-surgical options to consider.  For either of them, you should get a thorough

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Q.  The likelihood of me mis-hearing what someone says has jumped dramatically in the past year or two.  This past weekend during a walk, I thought one of my children asked me “Do you see Governor Abbott?”. She had actually said, “Do you see the little rabbit?”  How would hearing aids stop me from mis-hearing this way? A.  When we

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Q.  I have used hearing aids for over 20 years and have had mixed success with four different brands.  What are the big differences between the different hearing aid brands? A.  Hearing aids are available in the U.S. from a multitude of manufacturers.  Some of these companies have been around for 70-80 years.  One company, Oticon, has been researching, designing

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Q.  Our family has watched my 76-year old father completely change over the past 6-7 years.  He used to be self-assured, friendly, and was very family-centered.  He has become highly defensive, prefers to be alone, and has a hair trigger, even with my mother.  He refuses to discuss it, but could his hearing loss be the cause? A.  The symptoms

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Q.  I am a complete klutz when it comes to technology.  Most hearing aid ads highlight a lot of technical features.  They sound neat and amazing, but how can I overcome being scared of technology? A.  We are often frightened by things we don’t understand or have never seen.  One of the best ways to reduce your fear of technology,

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