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Q.  I am a complete klutz when it comes to technology.  Most hearing aid ads highlight a lot of technical features.  They sound neat and amazing, but how can I overcome being scared of technology? A.  We are often frightened by things we don’t understand or have never seen.  One of the best ways to reduce your fear of technology,

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Q.  I’m not sure which is worse; the problems I have hearing people or the ringing I hear in both ears.  Will a hearing aid reduce the constant ringing I hear in my ears? A.  For most people who hear a constant ringing in their ears (tinnitus), there is not way to make the ringing go completely away.  However, since

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Q.  I listen to music at work through ear buds.  And I spend about 2-3 hours on work-related calls every day with colleagues and clients.  I understand the newest hearing aids can wirelessly relay calls and music.  How would that work in my situation?   A.  Some of the most recently released hearing aids are able to help you stay

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Q.  Are there performance advantages for hearing aids that use rechargeable batteries versus throw-away batteries? A.  Overall, when either a rechargeable or a throw-away battery works up to their peak performance, a hearing aid should perform equally well with either battery.  That said, there are some differences in handling and reliability between the two battery choices.     The typical rechargeable

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Q.  Not hearing well over the past 4-5 years has made me feel increasingly less confident and more confused. I am also uncomfortable by how frustrated and irritated I have become when trying to talk with my family and friends.  How much of this can hearing aids help with? A.  The mental and psychological issues and symptoms you describe are

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                                                                                                         Q.  My parents spent a couple of weeks

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Q.  A friend at church was telling me about how she uses her smart phone to control her new hearing aids.  What kind of ‘control’ does a smart phone provide for hearing aids? A.  It sounds as if your friend has a new pair of smart hearing aids.   The newest generation of advanced hearing aids are Bluetooth enabled.  This means

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Q.  My husband has promised me that his main resolution in 2018 is to reduce his selective hearing when I’m trying to talk with him.  Could his ‘selective hearing’ be caused by hearing loss? A.  Yes.  Your husband’s ‘selective hearing’ could have its roots in natural hearing loss.  However, he might also be tuning out what you say.      The

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Q.  My company is changing our insurance for 2018.  Does new insurance cover hearing aids? A.  Many medical insurers provide partial coverage for hearing aids.  And many others provide no coverage at all.  Medicare does not cover hearing aids.  Though, some Medicare supplemental plans provide partial hearing aid coverage.  Very, very, very few private insurers completely cover the cost for

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Q.  My parents, aunts, and uncles have a lot of trouble having conversations when we gather during the holidays.  Aside from hearing aids, what can we all do to hear each other better? A.  Being in a noisy environment or in a talkative crowd puts a damper on how clearly everyone understands.  Here are three specific ‘Golden Rules’ to keep

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