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Hearing Health Blog

Q.  My frustration and anxiety levels have been growing the past 3-4 years.  I’m more and more certain it has to do with not hearing people well at work or my family.  Plus, they get irritated at me.  And I’m becoming more and more sensitive about it.  Can hearing aids really reduce my frustration and anxiety and their irritation?  

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Q.  I made a new year’s resolution to my husband (and the rest of our family) that I would finally get hearing aids this year.  If I’m going to get some, I want to get the newest and the best.  When do new hearing aids come on the market?  And which company makes the best ones?   A.  ‘New’ hearing

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Q.  When we see our troop of grandchildren at Christmas, two of them love to share wishes and secrets with my wife in a whispery voice.  In the past two years she has heard less and less of what they try to share with her.  She is anxious about what she will miss this year.  Can hearing aids help with

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Q.  Our grandchildren in Austin love when my husband and I hand them their ‘Santa’ presents.   Over the past couple of years, my 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? A.  Has your Santa

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Q.  My spouse and I attend at least a handful of Austin gatherings with our friends over the extended holiday period.  She hears fine.  With my hearing aids on, I certainly hear better, but I understand men much better than women, so I often miss out on the conversations with my girlfriends.  Why is that and what can I do

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Q.  I asked my Dad over Thanksgiving if he could hear better with his hearing aids on.  He said, “Actually, no.”  When I listen to them, I can hear them working.  Why can’t he hear better with them?   A.  Does your Dad mean he cannot ‘understand’ people better with his aids on?  People often say “I cannot hear you.”,

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Q.  When I wear my hearing aids I understand voices much better, but some sounds are too sharp and bothersome.  Can hearing aids be adjusted not to hear clinking dishes, flushed toilets and tortilla chip bags so much? A.  Today’s hearing aids are very adjustable.  The best of them have numerous noise reduction features that can be activated at varying

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Q.  My family wants to give my Father a pair of hearing aids for Christmas.  A lot of different websites sell hearing aids on the internet.  Is it as simple as ordering them, wrapping them, and giving them to him for Christmas? A.  The gift of hearing can be terrific, even life altering – if it all works.  To answer

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Q.  When my extended family gathers in East Austin during the holidays to visit my parents, they both have a very hard time following the conversations.  It’s fairly noisy.  But they both have hearing aids.  Why can’t they hear us well?   A.  Noise has a negative impact on everyone’s ability to understand what is being said.  We talk even

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Q.  My Dad’s hearing has been getting worse in recent years.  He admitted to me he is getting nervous about our upcoming family gatherings during the holidays because of how frustrated and disconnected he feels when he can’t follow conversations, especially with his grandkids.  Can hearing aids stop him from feeling that way? A.  Some of the most common symptoms

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