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Hearing Health Blog

Q.  The hearing loss in my right is twice as bad as the loss in my left ear.  My hearing center suggested I use two hearing aids.  Is a hearing aid for my left ear really necessary?   A.  If you have a 25% loss in your left ear, and your right ear has twice as much loss (50%), your

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Q.  My 6-year old hearing aids have been ‘tuned up’ a few times over the years.  It has helped some, but I get more feedback.  My hearing center says they can only make my aids louder, but not clearer.  Why is that?   A.  Since your hearing aids have been adjusted a few times over the past 6 years to

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Q.  The lecture rooms at St. Edwards can be tricky to hear well in.  I got some new hearing aids last summer and find myself constantly adjusting the volume on campus.  Is this normal, or is there a better setting to use during my classes?   A.  Classrooms can present some tricky challenges to hear well in, much like restaurants,

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Q.  I moved from Houston to Austin late last year and have worn hearing aids for over 10 years.  Can any local hearing center help me with my hearing aids?   A.  Just about any hearing center can inspect and clean your hearing aids.  For programming adjustments and unique in-office repair parts, you will be better served with hearing center

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Q.  I live in South Austin and have needed hearing aids for a few years.  What kind of service and upkeep will they need?   A.  Hearing aids do require some regular service and upkeep – most of which you can do yourself.  The three main items for maintenance are related to power, cleaning, and adjustments.   Hearing aids run

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Q.  We bought my wife some new hearing aids last month.  Her old ones are about 4-5 years old.  Can I use them?   A.  If your wife’s hearing aids were custom made to fit inside her ear canals, you will not be able to use them.    If the hearing aids are worn behind the ear, with a thin

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Q.  My husband is uncomfortable with new technology and still uses a 12-year old flip phone.  He knows he needs hearing aids but is worried he will get confused with their Bluetooth features, bells and whistles.  Are there some new, but basic aids available that will not intimidate him so much?   A.  All new hearing aids have numerous Bluetooth

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Q.  My ears produce an uncommon amount of wax.  Are there some hearing aid models that are more resistant to wax?   A.  All hearing aids are equally susceptible to being blocked by wax.  The good news is there are some basic steps you can easily take to reduce the wax in your ears and to keep your hearing aids

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Q.  About 20 years ago, I began to notice my left ear could not pick up the same subtle details and soft sounds like my right ear could.  Over the years, the hearing in my left ear has continued to become noticeably worse. Is it possible to wear just one hearing aid?   A.  One sided hearing loss is not

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Q.  I am finally ready to do something about my hearing loss, but I am unsure about hearing aids.  They seem to work for some people and not work for others.  How can I avoid throwing money away to find out if they will work for me?   A.  Many hearing aid centers in the greater Austin area allow patients

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