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I’m Ready For New Hearing Aids

Question: What should I look for when I’m ready for new hearing aids? Answer: Fitting hearing aids is based on the skill and technique of your doctor of audiology. There is not one individual setting on a hearing aid that is right for everyone. The aids must be programmed and modified for your ear canal, type of hearing loss, communication needs, and comfort. Computer programming is critical to success with hearing aids. Fine-tuning the amplification and frequencies is a science which must ... Read more

Self-Fitting Hearing Aids: Key Reasons to Consult a Hearing Care Professional Instead

Have you heard of self-fitting hearing aids (SFHAs)? Can they help if you have a hearing loss? What exactly are they, and how do they differ from traditional hearing devices fitted by a hearing care expert? What’s the best action to take if you need hearing help? With hearing loss posing a serious public-health challenge worldwide — it’s a chronic problem affecting millions of women, men, and children — technology continues evolving to improve sound clarity, expand compatibility with other smart ... Read more

Single Sided Deafness

Question: I have hearing loss in one ear that cannot be helped with a hearing aid and normal hearing in the other ear. I frequently have trouble hearing those at the office on the side of my poor ear. Any suggestions? Answer: You have described a type of hearing loss that usually CAN be helped with hearing aids. Single sided deafness is called unilateral hearing loss and can be helped by using a contralateral routing of signals (CROS). In other words, there is ... Read more

Personal Sound Amplifiers

Question: I’ve seen devices advertised on TV and in magazines called “personal sound amplifiers” and they are a lot less expensive. Are they the same thing as hearing aids? Answer: No, they are not. Personal sound amplifiers are quite different from hearing aids and shouldn’t be used in place of expertly programmed hearing aids fitted by a Doctor of Audiology. The PSA was created to amplify sounds during recreational activities and not to assist with hearing loss. They are not programmed to specific ... Read more

Drug Store Hearing Devices

Question: What are your thoughts on drug store or magazine ordered devices for improving hearing? Answer: These are not hearing aids. These are generic amplifying devices geared to increase volume. Most hearing loss is not a loss of hearing for all sounds equally. They do not have customizable noise management—a feature crucial for hearing aid benefit. Even those brands that suggest that you send them your hearing test, and they’ll program the devices are not beneficial. The size of your ear canal affects ... Read more

Putting Off That Hearing Test? Here’s Another Reason to Hear Your Best!

It’s no surprise that getting hearing help can make communicating and connecting with the world around you so much easier, but did you know that using hearing aids might also have a hand in cutting down emergency-room visits and hospital stays? In a study published earlier this year in the medical journal JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, University of Michigan researchers investigating connections among hearing technology, health care consumption, and spending linked seniors’ self-reported use of hearing aids to changes such ... Read more

Hearing Aid Stigma

Question: Can I get a hearing aid without anyone at my home knowing about it? Answer: Well that will be up to you and whether or not you can keep from shouting praises about them. Your question sounds much like the story of a man who had hearing loss and didn't tell his family he had new hearing aids. He went home, heard their discussion about him and changed his will three times. Seriously, if your concern is the appearance of a hearing ... Read more

Hearing Aids and Telephones

Question: How can I help my Mother understand me on the phone while wearing her hearing aids? Answer: Hearing aids and telephones can sometimes be difficult, especially with hearing aids that fill up the ear canals. The newer technology has made this transition easier. There are choices available depending upon her type of hearing aid, the amount of hearing loss and her ability to use new technology. One option for you both is the closed captioned phone that allows your Mother to see ... Read more

Does High Humidity Affect My Hearing Aids?

One of the great things about starting your better-hearing journey is that your world is more enjoyable when you can hear all those sounds you’ve been missing. That might also mean you’re getting outside more, possibly exposing your hearing devices to humidity. Your hearing aids are tiny computers, and just like with laptops and tablets, moisture can present a challenge. Humidity Let’s discuss humidity first. Simply put, humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor in the air. Hot air can ... Read more

Affordable Hearing Aids

Question: Why shouldn’t I buy the cheapest hearing aids offered? Answer: Are all cars the same? All doctors the same? Are we comparing hearing aids from Doctors of Audiology or hearing devices from warehouse stores and chains? Are ads in the newspapers offering “discount” prices or “trade ins” or “to the first 25 people who respond”? Is it a question of price or the benefit you get for the price? A discount price hearing aid is often the most expensive to maintain ... Read more
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