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Hearing Health Blog

Q.  Our 11, 8, and 7 year-old grandchildren are becoming more and more frustrated with my wife when she has trouble hearing them.  She says they talk too fast, mumble, and look away when they talk.  I feel caught in the middle. Can we all join my wife at a hearing test?A.   Hearing loss is not a solitary condition.  The

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Today’s hearing loss patient has many types of hearing aids to choose from.  Along with variation in style, hearing aids differ in many factors, such as technology, cost, size, placement and special features. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know how to make the right decision. While a hearing healthcare professional will likely provide

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Q.  My frustration at church and Sunday School has been growing.  Noises are more annoying and people mumble more.  How would hearing aids make any difference? A.   Once your hearing loss reaches a certain point, voices sound mumbled and indistinct.  Hearing aids can make voices more distinct and clear after they are programmed by your hearing professional to fill in

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Treating hearing loss, similar to treating any other condition, is a complex journey. This is especially true for people who are encountering hearing loss for the very first time in their lives. There are several treatment options, a plethora of professionals to choose from, and, of course, a multitude of advice from friends and acquaintances. With so many options, the

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Q.  My wife needs to use closed captions when we watch TV.  The captions distract and annoy me.  Are there new hearing aids that can reduce the need for closed captions? A.   There at least three ways hearing aids should help your wife reduced her need for closed captions.     First, when the hearing aids pick up the sound from

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Q.  When I got my hearing aids 3 years ago, a battery would last one week.  Now I have to change the batteries every day!  Are they broken or wearing out?  A.   Before you call your hearing center, check the expiration date on the battery package.  Hearing aid batteries have a 4-year expiration.  However, they begin to weaken right away. 

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Did you know that hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition in the United States? According to research reported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, hearing loss is more prevalent in America than ever before. While many people believe they can self-diagnose hearing loss by some telltale symptoms (Anyone ever say the television

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Q.  I teach at St. Edwards.  I also sing in my church’s choir.  Voices in both of these situations are becoming harder and harder to understand.  How can a hearing aid help me in such wildly different environment?  A.   Today’s most sophisticated and robust hearing aids are able to improve speech clarity in vastly different situations because of the highly

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A hearing instrument specialist (HIS) in the most general of terms is someone who tests adults hearing and dispenses or sells hearing aids to those with hearing loss. Of course this a very general overview of what an HIS does, but it gives the general idea of what an HIS does and why someone would seek out the help and

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Q.  My arthritis is almost as bad as my hearing.  Now that I have decided to get hearing aids, will some styles be easier for me to use with my arthritis?  A.   When arthritis and/or the lack of feeling in your fingertips gets bad enough, handling hearing aids can become a challenge.  You will want a hearing center to help

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