Hearing Health Blog

Poor Hearing = Holiday Frustration

Q.  When our large family gathers in East Austin during the holidays and most Sundays, we all experience a lot of frustration because my parents cannot hear us well at all.  Should they get hearing aids to hear us better? A.  When you were growing up, your parents probably had days when they felt like […]

“Ho-Ho-What?”

Q.  Our grandchildren in Austin love it when we give them their ‘Santa and Mrs. Claus’ presents.   In the past 2-3 years, 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? […]

Hearing At the Holidays

Q.  My parents, aunts, and uncles have a lot of trouble having conversations when we gather during the holidays.  Aside from them hearing aids, what can we do to hear each other better? A.  Being in a noisy environment or in a talkative crowd puts a damper on how clearly everyone hears and understands.  Here […]

Eyes and Attention Help Hearing

Q.  Either my husband’s selective hearing has been getting worse, or his hearing has, or both.  What are some simple steps I can take to get him to hear me better? A.  To a degree, we all have selective hearing because environmental and situational circumstances will influence how well we hear.  Here are three simple […]

Shopping Austin for Hearing Aids

Q.  I plan to update my 5-year old hearing aids that I bought in central Austin.  There are so many hearing centers in town now.  Is it worth shopping around to find out more about the hearing aids that are available? A.  If you want to get up-to-date hearing aids that will last you another […]

One Deaf Ear, One Hearing Aid? Part 2 of 2

Q.  As a teenager, my left ear was exposed to a very close shotgun blast.  I am in my early 40’s and don’t think I hear anything out of that ear anymore.  Can a hearing aid help my left ear? A.  Last week I suggested you get a hearing test from a hearing center that […]

One Deaf Ear, One Hearing Aid? Part 1 of 2

Q.  As a teenager, my left ear was exposed to a very close shotgun blast.  I am in my early 40’s and don’t think I hear anything out of that ear anymore.  Can a hearing aid help my left ear? A.  Exposure to a single profound noise can damage your hearing.  And more damage can […]

Hearing Aid Supply Chain

Q.  I need to hear better before the holidays.  My new glasses are delayed 3-4 additional weeks because of the global supply chain issues with my lenses.  How long does it take to get new hearing aids? A.  This year there have been almost no delays for receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids, which are the most common […]

South Austin Hearing Aids

Q.  My parents need hearing aids and live in South Austin.  Can you recommend some easy to understand resources to help them learn more about hearing loss and hearing aids? A.  If you are unfamiliar with hearing aids and hearing centers, good, and easy to understand information can be hard to find.  I recommend three […]

Moisture and Hearing Aids

Q.  I walk with friends in my Leander neighborhood.  They wear their aids all the time.  But I am concerned mine will get damp or wet when I perspire.  Is it okay for me to wear my hearing aids during our walks? A.  Different hearing aids can be affected differently by moisture.  Most TV, magazine […]