Ask the Audiologists

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Where can I get more information about hearing loss?

There are many useful resources about hearing and hearing loss.  Start your research with the following websites: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:  www.asha.org/buds American Tinnitus Association:  www.ata.org Better Hearing Institute:  www.betterhearing.org Healthy Hearing:  www.healthyhearing.com Hearing Like Me:  www.hearinglikeme.com Hearing Loss Association of America:  www.hearingloss.org National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders:  www.nidcd.nih.gov National Institute for Occupational […]

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Should I use one or two hearing aids?

Most people should use hearing aids in both ears. Why? Your ears send information to your brain, where the sound is actually processed. The brain needs information from both sides to determine where the sound is coming from, to understand speech in background noise and to receive the most natural sound quality. Today’s hearing devices […]

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How can I keep my hearing aids dry?

Although today’s hearing instruments are water-resistant, they should be kept as dry as possible. Always remove them when bathing or swimming and when getting your hair cut. You may wear them in inclement weather, but keep your head covered, if possible.  A hat, hood or umbrella should do the trick. It’s a good idea to […]

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I feel left out of conversations. Could it be my hearing?

Numerous research articles have shown a link between hearing loss and depression, isolation, poor self-esteem and anxiety. Untreated hearing loss reduces your quality of life. Untreated hearing loss has also been linked with potentially earlier onset of dementia. A 2015 research paper reported results from a long-term study of people with hearing loss and their […]

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How long should my hearing aid batteries last?

The expected life for hearing aid batteries depends on several factors, including the battery size, style of hearing device, settings programmed into the hearing aid (which depends on your hearing needs) and number of hours of use. Battery life could range from 3-20 days. Ask your audiologist for an estimate of the battery life for […]

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I hear great with my hearing aids, but sometimes I still have trouble with television and on the telephone. Is there anything I can do?

Even the most sophisticated hearing aids can’t provide perfect understanding in all listening situations. Today’s wireless digital hearing instruments offer seamless connectivity with smartphones, landlines, computers, televisions and portable music players. An easy-to-use hands-free accessory turns your hearing aids into earphones and serves as a remote control for your hearing aids. It also acts as […]

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I have tinnitus, ringing in my ears, and I have had it for many years and have been told nothing can be done. It has gotten much louder lately. Is there anything that can be done?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound with no external sound present. According to the American Tinnitus Association, 45 million Americans experience some type of tinnitus. Reactions can range from mild annoyance to debilitation. Many people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. Any time there is a change in hearing or tinnitus, we recommend a complete […]

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Why should I use my hearing aids full-time?

Since hearing loss often happens gradually over time, many people don’t realize how much they are missing. Adjusting to new hearing aids takes time, as your brain gets used to hearing sounds around you that you haven’t heard in a while. It seems easier to “Save them for a special occasion.” But, the people who […]

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Is there a connection between my hearing and my health?

Research has shown a connection between hearing loss and numerous medical conditions, including: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and dementia. Hearing loss has also been linked with depression, isolation, poor self- esteem and anxiety. Untreated hearing loss reduces your quality of life. Take your hearing health seriously. Make a resolution to: Schedule a hearing […]