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Q.  It’s time for me to get a newer pair of hearing aids.  Is there any trade-in or resale value for my old pair?  They are 4 to 5 years old. A.  Many hearing aid centers will provide a trade-in incentive to new patients when they want to get new hearing aids.  And they often provide existing patients a nice

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Q.  I have volunteered at my granddaughter’s school since she was in kindergarten.  She started 4 th grade, and my hearing loss has caught up with me.  Even the simplest conversation is now a hazard of missed words mixed in with my uncomfortable nods and smiles.  Could hearing aids help me in this type of environment?    A.  Hearing aids

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Q.  My Dad has put off a hearing test and trying hearing aids for at least the past 5 to 7 years.  If he keeps waiting, does he risk not hearing well with hearing aids because his hearing has dropped even more?   A.  When you wait before using hearing aids, you face increased physical and mental decline because hearing

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Q.  Both my husband and I have hearing aids.  When he wears his, he still cannot hear me.  What’s wrong with his hearing aids? A.  It sounds like there are a few factors involved.  Does your husband wear his hearing aids part-time?  If he only wears them a few hours a week for special occasions, his brain is not able

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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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