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Hearing Health Blog

Q:  Should I be concerned if I don’t correct my hearing?   A:  Hearing better is in fact healthier for you!  The National Council on Aging conducted a recent study with over 2,300 hearing impaired adults.  By far, the study found that those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report a variety of serious issues such as depression,

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Q:  What can I do with my Mom’s hearing aids?   A:  Please bring them in.  My practice has a number of ways we can use your Mother’s hearing aids to help others hear better.  First, if we originally fit your mother with her hearing aids, we will program them for another family member.  Second, we have a hearing aid

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Q:  When is someone too old to hear better?   A:  Age does not matter at all.  The oldest patient I have worked with is 108 years old.  And she counts on her hearing aids to work well and help her hear better every day.  I recall a vivid appointment with a couple in their 80’s.  When first wearing a

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Q:  Is it alright to order hearing aids from mail order catalogs or internet sites?   A:  Our patients often ask this question.  My reply is always, “Buyer beware.”  With a hearing aid, if you cannot test it out before you buy it, chances are your time and money will be misspent. Some catalogs and online hearing aid sites ask

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  Q: What is on the leading edge in hearing aid technology?   A: Leading-edge technology in hearing aids involves three main components: 1) wireless communication, 2) two ears processing as one; and 3) up-to-date care. The newest hearing aids are really hearing systems. Each aid receives a constant flow of information from the other aid. Key benefits are hearing

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Q:  How do I know if I need hearing aids?   A: To re-phrase your question, “How will you know if hearing aids can help you?”  To know for certain, you need to wear them.    Before you wear them, you need to have your ears checked for injury or a blockage from wax.  Once your ears are healthy and

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  Q:  How do you recommend removing wax from one’s ears?   A: A cotton swab used in a delicate, gentle manner is a healthy way for most people to clean their ears. After a bath or shower, a swab can help remove suds, dead skin and ear wax from around the outer ear and the outer opening of the

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Q: What recent developments have been made in hearing aid technology?   A: Today’s hearing aids are really high-tech “systems.” They use a multitude of performance platforms to enhance a person’s hearing experience. High-speed processors use sophisticated acoustic software that can be wirelessly adjusted during a fitting appointment. In the most advanced systems, the right and left aids simultaneously co-process

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Q:  I have heard a low-level ringing in my ears for years.  What is it and why is it getting louder?   A:  The ringing you hear is called tinnitus.  If you have heard the ringing for years, it is most likely caused by an errant signal to your brain from your ear’s cochlea – the organ in your inner

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  Q:  My parents seemed practically deaf by the time I graduated college a few years ago. Will this happen to me? A:  First, I hope your parents have a good hearing center helping them with their hearing needs.  Since both of your parents had deep hearing loss at a relatively young age, it was likely caused by situational and

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