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Q.  I cannot hear the bats when I walk under the Congress Ave Bridge?  My husband hears them just fine.  Is it time for me to get hearing aids? A.  If you are unable to hear the bats, it is certainly time to have your hearing tested.  Take a moment to note specific sounds, along with bats, which you are

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Q.  I have attended live music events in Austin for the past 20-plus years.  In the last couple of years I’ve noticed having a much harder time hearing music clearly and talking to people in general.  Do hearing aids work during live music events?   A.  Hearing aids are programmed to improve what you do not hear well on your

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Q.  For a 74 year old, I’m very active.  I take walks around Lady Bird Lake.  I go to YMCA water aerobics a few times a week, and I enjoy swimming at Barton Springs and Deep Eddy on hot days.  I can’t swim in my 5-year old  hearing aids.  Could I swim in new ones, or take a walk and

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Q.  Last month at the City Wide Garage Sale I had a very hard time understanding the vendors when I asked them a question.  How could hearing aids help me?   A.  The Palmer Events Center can capture a lot of sound during the city wide garage sale.  As it gets busier and busier, there are more voices and the

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Q.  When I wear my sunglasses the volume and programs on my hearing aids will change on their own.  Are my sunglasses somehow interfering with my hearing aids? A.  There are two likely reasons your sunglasses are affecting your hearing aids.  If your sunglasses have metal temple bars, they might be triggering a change in your hearing aids.   First,

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Q.  I was at the Salt Lick with my family last weekend when my batteries went out.  I changed them quickly there, but was distracted by the ribs and cole slaw on my plate. One battery accidentally went in upside down.  Now that hearing aid will not work.  Did I break it?   A.  It is unlikely the upside down

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Q.  My Dad complains that my Mom mumbles.  My Mom complains that my Dad ignores what she says.  Neither of them thinks it’s a hearing issue. What do you suggest? A.  Run a couple of quick hearing tests with your Dad.  Show him how loud the TV needs to be for him to hear it well compared to you and

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Q.  My Dad tried some hearing aids a couple of years ago.  He complained from Day 1 they didn’t sound right and hid them.  He knows he can’t hear well, but he says hearing aids don’t work for him.  He’s depressed.  We’re going crazy.  What other options does he have? A.  Your Dad might not have taken the proper amount

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Q.  When I was 13 or 14, a bottle rocket went off next to my left ear while playing in Zilker Park.  I heard ringing in that ear for a couple of weeks.  That was 20 years ago and now I feel like my left ear cannot hear as well as my right ear.  Do I need to get a

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Q.  I have a hard time understanding people in noisy restaurants, in big crowds, and whenever there is a lot of background noise around me.  How can I adjust my hearing aids to help me in those situations? A.  Hearing aids are programmed to help you hear sounds you would not hear well with your normal hearing.  Sometimes that includes

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