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Q.  As my hearing loss has worsened over the past 4-5 years, my colleagues and family say my speech has become somewhat mumbly and slurred.  Will using hearing aids help me improve my diction and speak more distinctly?   A.  When you get hearing aids, it is likely your diction and speaking will improve and become more distinct.  This happens

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Q.  I have seen adverts for Bluetooth ear buds that ‘can act like hearing aids’.  How are hearing aids any different than these ear buds?   A.  Bluetooth ear buds can play audio right into your ears from devices like smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.  Some even have apps that allow you to choose your preferred listening setting from among available

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Q.  I need to get a pair of hearing aids.  Once I have them, will I be able to make adjustments to them?   A.  The short answer is, “Yes.”.  Most hearing aids allow the wearer to make adjustments to the volume level (louder and softer) and to the situation settings (voices in noise, music, soft voices, etc.).  There are

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Q.  My family and I first noticed my hearing loss about 10 years ago when I was 32.  I have a hard time justifying using hearing aids at my age.  What do I risk by waiting longer before I get hearing aids?   A.  The good news is that if you wait longer before you get hearing aids, your hearing

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Q.  I know I need to get some hearing aids.  My wife probably does, too.  Are there better hearing aids for couples to get together?   A.  The short answer is no. There are not any hearing aids that are made with couples in mind.  Overall, you will each hear better with better hearing aids.  Find a hearing center that

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Q.  My two year old hearing aids have always felt like they were about to fall off.  The wire going over my ear dangles out of my ear and the speaker doesn’t stay in my canal.  Should they fit better than this?   A.  Yes.  Your hearing aids should fit much more securely.      Every ear and ear canal has

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Q.  I have a combination of arthritis and neuropathy that makes the tips of my fingers very difficult to use for fine tasks, like changing hearing aid batteries.  Are rechargeable hearing aids available?   A.  Yes. Every major hearing aid manufacturer has a variety of rechargeable models.  The better of these models only take 3 hours to fully charge and

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Q.  I am worried people will treat me strangely or think of me differently if I get hearing aids.  How do people usually act when they see someone with hearing aids?   A.  I encourage you not to allow how others act and feel to keep you from hearing better.     In my experience, most people do not act any

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Q.  Even with my new hearing aids, I still miss some words and phrases.  Should I get them adjusted?   A.  Today’s hearing aids can be fine-tuned, refined, adjusted, re-set, and re-fit to best match a person’s hearing needs.  That said, there is no such thing as perfect hearing.     Your hearing center can certainly make modifications to your hearing

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Q.  I think I would do just fine using only one hearing aid.  Isn’t one hearing aid better than no hearing aid at all?   A.  You are half right.  Using one hearing aid is better than not using any hearing aids.  However, if you have a distinct hearing loss in both ears, then you would do much better with

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