Ask the Audiologists

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How can I protect my hearing?

Noise-induced hearing loss is a gradual, painless process that can be avoided. Whether the noise is “work” or “play” noise, a loud enough level plus a long enough duration can result in permanent hearing loss. Noise is potentially dangerous if: you must shout over the noise to hear someone at arm’s length, the noise makes […]

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How can I hear better on the telephone?

There are several options to improve communication on the phone. Amplified telephones not only make speech louder, but some have tone adjustments to improve clarity. Massachusetts residents who have hearing loss can get specialized telephones through the Massachusetts Equipment Distribution Program (MassEDP). Many people who use hearing aids benefit from a special feature in their […]

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What are some signs of hearing loss?

Because hearing loss often happens gradually over a long period of time, many people are unaware that their hearing has changed. Common signs of hearing loss include: You think everyone is mumbling. You have trouble understanding women’s and children’s voices. You hear well in quiet, but struggle to understand in background noise. You misunderstand words. […]

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Why do you need an audiologist?

An audiologist is a university-trained professional who specializes in prevention, identification and treatment of hearing loss. While audiologists are not medical doctors, they have earned a Doctorate degree (Au.D. or Ph.D.) or a Master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) in Audiology, and they must be licensed by the state in which they practice. If you are having problems hearing and understanding […]

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Ask the Audiologists… We Want to Know!

Attention Hampden Hearing Center patients and patients-to-be… You’ll soon see this ad appear in the Springfield Republican and your town Reminder. As part of our on-going mission to provide the best hearing care available, we want to hear from you! If you or a loved one has hearing aids, or is experiencing any amount of […]