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Q.  My Mom has a moderate level of dementia.  She asks us to repeat ourselves a great deal.  It is hard to know if this happens because of her dementia or because of her hearing.  Can hearing aids help someone when they also have dementia?   A.  If your Mom does indeed have hearing loss, hearing aids will most likely

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Q.  My Dad says he hears plenty and hears what he wants to.  Meanwhile, our family is growing more frustrated and short-tempered with him.  Other than simply ‘hearing more’ what are some benefits of using hearing aids?   A.  Yes, hearing aids help a person ‘hear more’ of what they normally miss.  The key technical function of a hearing aid

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Q.  People mumble.  It’s plain and simple.  Younger people talk too fast while they mumble.  Then my family mumbles at me when they are in other rooms.  It is all very frustrating.  And it is getting worse.  Won’t hearing aids just make the mumbling louder?   A.  If you have hearing loss, the mumbling will be transformed into clear and

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Q.  My father only occasionally wears his hearing aids because he says he does not want to wear them out.  That kind of makes sense – but we repeat ourselves constantly when we visit him.  Is he making a sensible choice?   A.  Not really.  Hearing aids are made to be worn and used.  They provide information to our brains

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Q.  This time last year I began using some hearing aid. They have felt loose this whole time.  My hearing center has refused to adjust the way they fit on my ears.  They say the aids will hurt if my ears if they are too tight.  Is this right?   A.  There are many degrees between too loose and too

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Q.  One reason I have put off getting hearing aids for so long is my sensitivity to some sounds.  Things like babies crying, dogs barking, dishes banging, etc. drive me crazy.  Won’t hearing aids just make those annoying sounds louder?   A.  Gosh - how often are you around those types of sounds?  Hearing aids take sounds you do not

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Q.  My husband has had trouble hearing well for some time – years.  He says hearing aids will make him look and feel old.  Meanwhile, our family is frustrated and curt with him.  How can we convince him to get some hearing aids?   A.  You will not be able to convince him to get hearing aids.  He has to

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Q.  The large staff I oversee in Austin is mostly 15 to 20 years younger than me.  They know I wear hearing aids and expect me to have perfect hearing.  How can I get across to them that my aids help me tremendously, but not perfectly?   A.  When people wear glasses, we don’t expect them to see perfectly.  When

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Q.  My new hearing aids came with large ear-bud pieces that hurt my ears after 10 minutes.  The office where I got them says I have to use the ear-buds because of the type of hearing loss I have.  They are so uncomfortable, I only wear them when absolutely necessary.  Are there other options that won’t cause so much pain?

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Q.  I’m new to Austin and have used hearing aids for 20-plus years.  When I bought new hearing aids last month, the office I went to would not make some personalized adjustments to my new hearing aids that I am used to.  Are newer hearing aids less adjustable than older ones?   A.  Actually, no.  Newer hearing aids are much

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