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Q.  My husband and I and some friends walked through our neighborhood with all of our children on Halloween.  It was frightening how poorly I heard.  Since then I have noticed how often I have to guess, figure out, or make up what someone is saying.  I’m only 34!  Do I have to get hearing aids to hear better? A.  

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Q.  My wife has had a little trouble hearing for a couple of years.  In August, she was diagnosed with vascular dementia.  Our neurologist suggested she begin wearing hearing aids to push back the advance of the dementia.  How does that work? A.   Let me first say that dementia, which has many forms and versions, cannot be stopped.  There are

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  Q.  Our friends and family are becoming more and more bothered with my husband when he has trouble hearing them.  He’s frustrated, too, and says we talk too fast, mumble, and look away.  I feel caught in the middle.  Can one or more of us join my husband at his hearing test? A.   Hearing loss is not a solitary

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Q:  Over the past 2-3 years, it has become harder for me to hear violins, harpsichords and some other instruments in classical music.  My wife says they are all still there.  Do I need to get some hearing aids?    A:  First, you need a hearing test.  After that, you will want to listen to some classical music with some

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Q.  I can hear the music that my right hearing aid plays when I turn it on.  Then, nothing.  It sounds like the hearing aid is dead.  But the start-up music plays just fine.  What’s happening? A.  It sounds like either the amplifier or the microphones in your right hearing aid have gone out.      The start-up music that your

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Q.  It took years.  Earlier this summer our family finally encouraged my Mom to get hearing aids.  Now she is scared to use them.  She is unsure how to put them and is confused about their features.  And she is afraid to lose them.  How can we encourage her to use her hearing aids? A.  Encouraging someone to use their

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Q. I’ve been putting this off for years and I need to get hearing aids.  How can I compare them? A.  Comparing hearing aids involves the hearing aids and prices, the manufacturers, and the hearing centers.  Some Austin-area hearing centers provide two to four week hearing aid trial periods.  Contact some of the well-reviewed and better-rated hearing centers to inquire

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Have you been suffering from hearing loss for an extended period of time, but aren’t sure how to go about getting help? Or, maybe you’re not even sure if you need help with your hearing. Either way, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist (HIS) in your area. What is a hearing instrument specialist?

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Q.  Last week I celebrated my 60 th -plus birthday with my family in a very noisy restaurant along South 1 st Street.  The noise overwhelmed me and my hearing aids.  When it’s so noisy, can my hearing aids be adjusted to help me more?   A.  Your hearing aids can be adjusted for a specific ‘Noisy Places’ setting if

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Hearing tests can be very important for obtaining information about the quality of your hearing capabilities. However, despite the importance of hearing tests, many people do not know important information about them. Here is some important information about hearing tests. How long do hearing tests last? Hearing tests typically last from about 15-60 minutes. Simpler tests are on the shorter

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