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Q.  How long does it take to get used to hearing aids?   A.  A generation ago, this question referred to the strange sounds and physical discomfort that often accompanied wearing hearing aids.  Today, this question refers more to handling very small hearing aids and learning how and when to use all their features.   Most of our new patients

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Q.  When our large family gather in South Austin during the holidays and most Sundays, we all experience a lot of frustration because my parents cannot hear us well at all.  Should they get hearing aids to hear us better?   A.  When you were growing up, your parents probably had days when they felt like you did not listen

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Q.  I got some hearing aids through a magazine ad about three or four years ago.  They made sounds louder, but they did not make voices that much clearer.  Have there been noticeable improvements in hearing aids since then?   A.  Improvements are made to hearing aid technology year in and year out.  Rather than ordering hearing aids from a

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Q.  A group of my friends and I call ourselves the Whataburger Coffee Club.  We have met there two or three mornings a week for good coffee and some so-so conversation for at least 20 years.  In the past 2-3 years I have struggled to keep up with what’s being said and find myself not looking forward to going many

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Q.  I tried some hearing aids last month and could hear much better, but I could not figure out how to easily put them on.  In my frustration, I returned them.  Are some hearing aids easier to put on than others?   A.  Broadly, there are two styles of hearing aids.  Some hearing aids are worn behind the ear and

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Q.  I have put off getting a hearing test because I do not feel ready to use hearing aids.  When will I know it is time to get a hearing test and start using hearing aids?   A.  When you get a hearing test, there is no quid pro quo involved.  This means, just because you get a hearing test,

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Q.  I am researching hearing aids for my South Austin parents.  They are both having trouble hearing well.  Can you recommend some easy to understand resources to help me learn more about hearing loss and hearing aids?   A.  If you are unfamiliar with hearing aids and hearing centers, the search for good, easy to understand information can be daunting. 

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Q.  I am testing out a pair of new hearing aids.  The office has tried to adjust them a few times, but the aids do not sound good.  Does this mean hearing aids are not going to be helpful for me?   A.  Do not give up on hearing aids even though your current experience is less than you hoped

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Q.  I have been mis-hearing my friends more and more the past few years.  Last week at lunch I thought a friend wanted to talk about how she flossed her teeth , but she was trying to tell me how she had lost her keys .  Would hearing aids stop this from happening?   A.  If you wore good, properly

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Q.  I have served as an usher at the Long Center and other Austin venues off and on for almost 15 years.  The dialogue during the events has become harder and harder to understand in recent years.  Do I need hearing aids to hear more clearly?   A.  If you wore good, properly programmed hearing aids, the dialogue during the

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