Singing Better with Hearing Aids

Q.  My hearing aid provider recently added a ‘Singing’ program to my hearing aids.  The harsh vibration and scratchiness I used to hear when I sing is not there anymore when I use the ‘Singing’ program.  How is that? A.  First, kudos to your hearing aid provider for creating a unique program that works well […]

The Right Age for Hearing Aids

Q.   I know hearing loss is just one more natural process of getting older.  I’m 63.  At what age will I want to consider getting hearing aids? A.  It may sound clichéd, but hearing aids are ageless.  The question to ask yourself is how much will you benefit when you wear hearing aids.  A person […]

Hearing During Cancer Treatments -Pt. 2

Q.   My hearing fluctuates during the hours and days after my chemotherapy treatments.  Changing my hearing aids’ volume either makes them too soft or too loud.  Is there anything else that can be done so I can hear comfortably as I go through the next two months of my treatments? A.   Chemotherapy can have a […]

Hearing During Cancer Treatments- Pt. 1

Q.   My hearing loss was a problem before I began chemo treatments for my cancer.  The chemo has made my hearing even worse.  Should I wait until after my treatments are over to get hearing aids? A.  If you are hampered by your hearing loss, I would recommend you take steps now to hear better.  […]

Hearing Aid is Squealing

Q.   My mother’s 4-year old right hearing aid began squealing slightly three months ago.  Now it squeals all the time.  Can it be fixed? A.  Believe it or not, your mother’s hearing aid may not be the culprit.  Instead, her right ear canal might need to be cleaned.   You described a scenario that occurs […]

Rechargeable Aids and Power Outages

Q.   I have a new pair of rechargeable hearing aids.  I lost power from Feb 15th through the 18th.  Without power in my home, how can I charge my hearing aids? A.  Your rechargeable hearing aids might allow you to remove the rechargeable battery and replace it with a ‘throw away’ air zinc battery.  Ask […]

Hearing Aid Savings

Q.   Are there ways to save money on hearing aids? A.  The short answer is yes.    First, I do not recommend comparatively inexpensive sound amplifiers because they are not specifically programmed for your loss.  These devices are found in certain retail stores and are sold over the counter without a hearing test, without an […]

To Upgrade or Not To Upgrade

Q.   My hearing aids are 5 years old and seem to work fine.  How do I know if it is time to get new ones? A.  Hearing aids can certainly continue to work for 5 years or more if they are maintained and cared for.  When it comes to how well your hearing aids work […]

Hearing Test….No Studying Needed

Q.   Yes, I ask people to repeat … a lot.  Yes, I often mishear people.  And yes, every day I nod and smile, though I do not understand what was just said.  But the thought of a hearing test scares me.  What can I do? A.  You are experiencing a very common malady I call […]

Hearing, but not understanding

Q. My family and friends and I have noticed that my hearing has been progressively worse over the past few years. Why can I hear voices loudly enough but still not understand them? It is maddening. A. You are noticing one of the most common symptoms of hearing loss, ‘mumbled’ voices. And yes, it gets […]