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Hearing Health Blog

Q.  I know my hearing is pretty bad.  My wife and children badger me every day about it.  I tried some basic hearing aids a couple of years ago and they made things worse. What else can I do?   A.  Their concern (badgering) is sign they care – that’s a good thing.  They want you to communicate with them

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Q.  A good friend tried to explain to me how her new hearing aids have programs for things like whispers, restaurants, music, television, and phone calls.  How does that work?  I want these features when I get hearing aids this summer. A.  When a hearing aid turns on, it starts up in a default listening mode (Program 1) that has

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Q.  I tried to use top-end hearing aids about 10 years ago and they just didn’t work well enough for me.  Are the features and capabilities in the newest hearing aids really any better?   A.  Today’s generation of hearing aids truly work better than the ones ten years ago, or even five years ago for that matter.     Hearing

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Q.  I had my hearing tested in North Austin last month.  They said if I waited much longer to get hearing aids that my brain would not be able to process sounds any better.  Will I lose the window of opportunity to hear better if I don’t get hearing aids now? A.  The notion of ‘Help it, or lose it’

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Q.  My wife was once a very happy, sociable person.  Throat cancer treatments affected her hearing 4-5 years ago.  Since then she has become much more anxious and irritable when we are with family or friends.  She just can’t follow what we’re talking about.  Can hearing aids help a person with this much trouble? A.  You wife’s hearing loss could

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Q.  When my wife and I walk in Rosewood Park and on the Boggy Creek trial when it is hot, my head sweats a lot.  But I need to have my hearing aids on to talk with my wife.  What can I do to protect my hearing aids from sweat? A.  Kudos to you for keeping your hearing aids on

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Q.  My daughter and granddaughter took me sup boarding on Lady Bird Lake.  It took about half a minute before I fell into the water – while still wearing my hearing aids!  What steps should I take when they get wet like this? A.  Water was once a major nuisance for hearing aids.  When exposed to a small amount of

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Q.  I am fairly sure I hear fine 80% of the time.  It’s the other 20% of the time that I have trouble understanding what’s being said.  Should I wait to get hearing aids until it’s more like 50-50? A.  How much does the 20% of the time impact you and those around you?  How frustrating, annoying, and aggravating are

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Q.  My mail order hearing aids definitely make voices, sounds, and the world in general much louder.  But words are still not clear enough for me to understand them any better.  Why is that? A.  Your mail order hearing aids (and other basic personal amplifiers and low tech hearing aids) are certainly able to make sounds louder.  But they are

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Q.  My parents are exhibiting a growing amount of frustration and antagonism with our family and each other.  At times they can become very angry or just shut down.  It seems mostly to be when they cannot hear well.  If their hearing is involved, could using hearing aids improve their moods? A.  The behaviors you describe can all be components

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