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Q: What’s new in hearing aid technology? There are three main “new things” in the world of hearing aids. First, there are hearing aids that utilize rechargeable batteries rather than the traditional disposable batteries.  The use of rechargeable batteries can be very beneficial for patients if: they have reduced vision, making seeing the battery or battery door difficult; if they

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At first thought, this seems like it would be an easy answer… you need hearing aids when you have trouble hearing. In reality, this is a question many people ponder.  For most individuals, hearing loss occurs very gradually, over the course of many years.  Because of the slow nature of these changes, hearing difficulties can creep up on a person. 

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With the passing of the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, the FDA will be creating a category for Over the Counter (OTC) hearing aids by 2020.  This means that within several years, some form of hearing aid will be available over the counter.  The intent of this class of hearing device is it will be suited for

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Q: Am I at risk for hearing loss? What can I do to lower my risk? A: Everyone is at risk for hearing loss. Hearing loss can be caused by many factors; genetics, birth defects, diseases, medication effects, physical trauma, and noise exposure trauma.  Some of these factors you really cannot change, plan for, or prevent. For example no one

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Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease. Approximately 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss. While age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss, you may be surprised to know that over half of Americans with hearing loss are under the age of 65.   In response to this significant public health

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Ellen Verlo, MA, CCC-A Audiologist A:  There are literally thousands of devices available to help someone who is having hearing difficulties.  If you have hearing loss, hearing aids are going to be on the top of the list.  For many reasons, you may not be ready to purchase or think you need hearing aids.  Where are you having difficulties?  Are

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By: Margaret Christiansen, Au.D. Tinnitus is described as a ringing or buzzing sound heard in one’s ears or head.  It is a common auditory condition affecting about 50 million Americans and can occur for many different reasons.  There are a wide range of causes for tinnitus ranging from something simple like wax in the ears to something more complex like

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A:  Hearing aids can help with hearing in noisy places.  However no hearing aid can make noise go away completely.  Noisy places are difficult to hear in for everyone, whether they have hearing loss or not.  Speech is made up of mostly high frequency sounds and noise is made up of mostly low frequency noise.  Low frequencies travel further than

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Q: My mother has Alzheimer’s and hearing loss. Would it be a good idea for her to get hearing aids? A: Anyone with hearing loss should consider hearing aids. If a member of your family has Alzheimer’s or any other type of dementia (Lewy Body, Parkinson’s, etc.) there is research that indicates hearing aids can promote continued social engagement which

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By, Heather Sandy, MA, CCC-A A: One of the most common conditions affecting older adults is age-related hearing loss.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss.  Age-related hearing loss often occurs slowly over time and may be difficult to notice at

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