Why not buy one of those hearing devices from the drugstore rather than a more costly hearing aid?

Question: Why not buy one of those hearing devices from the drugstore rather than a more costly hearing aid? Answer: The devices in the drug stores are not hearing aids. They are not set for the frequencies or pitches needed for your hearing loss in order to bring in only the sounds that are needed. […]

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My hearing aids are really helping, but sometimes I still struggle in noisy places. Is there anything I can do to help?

Question: My hearing aids are really helping, but sometimes I still struggle in noisy places. Is there anything I can do to help? Answer: It is the ear that hears, but it is the brain that understands. The brain can be compared to a muscle that needs to be trained and exercised in complex situations […]

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What should I expect from the testing procedure?

Question: What should I expect from the testing procedure? Answer: Initially, the interview process allows the doctor of audiology to gather medical history and make connections to present hearing involvement. Ear-related symptoms are reviewed and family history is studied. Specific listening environments are discussed to establish areas of hearing difficulty. The everyday lifestyle of the […]

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Why shouldn’t I get a cheap hearing aid online or at a warehouse retailer?

Question: Why shouldn’t I get a cheap hearing aid online or at a warehouse retailer? Answer: Discount hearing aids for purchase online or in large retail warehouses might look attractive to some patients, but these discounts can be costly in the long run. Getting an accurate, expert fitting and precise programming is often the difference […]

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How can hearing aids connect to a cell phone for improved hearing?

Question: How can hearing aids connect to a cell phone for improved hearing? Answer: Smartphones can serve as a Bluetooth® transmitter through hearing aids. The sound is modified for your degree of hearing loss and then streamed to both ears for improved understanding. Two ears always hear better than one ear, and this can easily […]

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I am looking for the right hearing aid for me. What should I be looking for?

Question: I am looking for the right hearing aid for me. What should I be looking for? Answer: First and most importantly, find the right professional. A doctor of audiology can diagnose and treat many conditions, including tinnitus and balance and auditory-processing disorders. Find a professional who will consider hearing aids from different manufacturers and […]

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With all the advertisements for hearing aids we receive in the mail, how do we know what to believe and where to go?

Question: With all the advertisements for hearing aids we receive in the mail, how do we know what to believe and where to go? Answer: At Thigpen Hearing Center, we are asked this often. You will not see our name on direct mail postcards or large ads in the paper related to hearing aids. Our […]

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I’ve heard of others getting hearing aids and then not using them. How can I be sure I’ll like them and continue to use them?

Question: I’ve heard of others getting hearing aids and then not using them. How can I be sure I’ll like them and continue to use them? Answer: We have worked with the top-of-the-line hearing aid manufacturers to secure a 75-day trial period for all of our hearing aids. After wearing them for that amount of […]

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What Kinds of Batteries are Recommended for Hearing Aids?

Ask An Expert Question: What kinds of batteries are recommended for hearing aids, and what is the typical battery life? Answer: Most hearing aids require zinc-air batteries, which can last from three days to three weeks, depending on their size and usage. Each battery is packaged with an adhesive tab that must be peeled off […]

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