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Hearing Health Blog

Q.  I know I need to get some hearing aids.  My wife probably does, too.  Are there better hearing aids for couples to get together?   A.  The short answer is no. There are not any hearing aids that are made with couples in mind.  Overall, you will each hear better with better hearing aids.  Find a hearing center that

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Q.  My two year old hearing aids have always felt like they were about to fall off.  The wire going over my ear dangles out of my ear and the speaker doesn’t stay in my canal.  Should they fit better than this?   A.  Yes.  Your hearing aids should fit much more securely.      Every ear and ear canal has

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Q.  I have a combination of arthritis and neuropathy that makes the tips of my fingers very difficult to use for fine tasks, like changing hearing aid batteries.  Are rechargeable hearing aids available?   A.  Yes. Every major hearing aid manufacturer has a variety of rechargeable models.  The better of these models only take 3 hours to fully charge and

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Q.  I am worried people will treat me strangely or think of me differently if I get hearing aids.  How do people usually act when they see someone with hearing aids?   A.  I encourage you not to allow how others act and feel to keep you from hearing better.     In my experience, most people do not act any

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Q.  Even with my new hearing aids, I still miss some words and phrases.  Should I get them adjusted?   A.  Today’s hearing aids can be fine-tuned, refined, adjusted, re-set, and re-fit to best match a person’s hearing needs.  That said, there is no such thing as perfect hearing.     Your hearing center can certainly make modifications to your hearing

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Q.  I think I would do just fine using only one hearing aid.  Isn’t one hearing aid better than no hearing aid at all?   A.  You are half right.  Using one hearing aid is better than not using any hearing aids.  However, if you have a distinct hearing loss in both ears, then you would do much better with

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Q.  My Mom has a moderate level of dementia.  She asks us to repeat ourselves a great deal.  It is hard to know if this happens because of her dementia or because of her hearing.  Can hearing aids help someone when they also have dementia?   A.  If your Mom does indeed have hearing loss, hearing aids will most likely

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Q.  My Dad says he hears plenty and hears what he wants to.  Meanwhile, our family is growing more frustrated and short-tempered with him.  Other than simply ‘hearing more’ what are some benefits of using hearing aids?   A.  Yes, hearing aids help a person ‘hear more’ of what they normally miss.  The key technical function of a hearing aid

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Q.  People mumble.  It’s plain and simple.  Younger people talk too fast while they mumble.  Then my family mumbles at me when they are in other rooms.  It is all very frustrating.  And it is getting worse.  Won’t hearing aids just make the mumbling louder?   A.  If you have hearing loss, the mumbling will be transformed into clear and

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Q.  My father only occasionally wears his hearing aids because he says he does not want to wear them out.  That kind of makes sense – but we repeat ourselves constantly when we visit him.  Is he making a sensible choice?   A.  Not really.  Hearing aids are made to be worn and used.  They provide information to our brains

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