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Q.  My husband’s hearing loss and his dementia are worsening.  When he doesn’t hear us well, he becomes more confused and will get irate at times.  Can he learn to how use hearing aids?   A.  Yes, it is possible for someone with dementia to learn how to use hearing aids.  Though it does depend a great deal on the

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Q.  My hearing aids batteries used to last about 7 days.  Lately they have only worked for 1 or 2 days.  Are my hearing aids wearing out?   A.  If your batteries suddenly went from working from 7 days to 2 days, it is probably your batteries.  Did you recently begin using a different package of batteries?  If so, that

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Q.  I have been in various ‘for fun’ garage bands in Austin for the past 25 years.  Am I going to need hearing aids one day?   A.  It’s a possibility.  Exposure to loud noise is the main reason people develop hearing loss.  Some noises are so loud, they cause permanent and noticeable hearing loss immediately.     In the case

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Q.  A very close girl friend for the past 30 years needs help hearing better.  She has slowly withdrawn herself from our group’s activities and events and has become more anxious and frustrated when we meet.  I try to talk with her about it, but she says she hears fine.  How can I convince her to get some help?  

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Q.  My hearing aids play beeps at odd times when I have them on.  It might happen once a week, or a few times a day.  Why does this happen? A.  The beeps you hear could occur because of a rare outside source, or because of something happening inside your hearing aids.   It is rare for an external source

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Q.  My frustration and anxiety levels have been growing the past 3-4 years.  I’m more and more certain it has to do with not hearing people well at work or my family.  Plus, they get irritated at me.  And I’m becoming more and more sensitive about it.  Can hearing aids really reduce my frustration and anxiety and their irritation?  

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Q.  I made a new year’s resolution to my husband (and the rest of our family) that I would finally get hearing aids this year.  If I’m going to get some, I want to get the newest and the best.  When do new hearing aids come on the market?  And which company makes the best ones?   A.  ‘New’ hearing

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Q.  When we see our troop of grandchildren at Christmas, two of them love to share wishes and secrets with my wife in a whispery voice.  In the past two years she has heard less and less of what they try to share with her.  She is anxious about what she will miss this year.  Can hearing aids help with

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Q.  Our grandchildren in Austin love when my husband and I hand them their ‘Santa’ presents.   Over the past couple of years, my Santa’s hearing has declined noticeably.  He will ‘Ho-Ho-Ho’ year-round when he doesn’t know-know-know what one of the grandkids just said.  Is it time for Mrs. Claus to get some hearing aids for him? A.  Has your Santa

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Q.  My spouse and I attend at least a handful of Austin gatherings with our friends over the extended holiday period.  She hears fine.  With my hearing aids on, I certainly hear better, but I understand men much better than women, so I often miss out on the conversations with my girlfriends.  Why is that and what can I do

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