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By: Katie A Oestreich, Au.D., CCC-A When you are diagnosed with a hearing loss, you are bound to have many questions running through your mind. What caused my hearing loss? Will it ever get better? What are my treatment options? This can be very nerve-wracking as you embark on a journey for which you may or may not have been

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What is Telecommunications Access Iowa (TAI)? Telecommunications Access Iowa is a program of the Iowa Utilities Board. It is a voucher program that pays for 95% of the cost of specialized telecommunications equipment for individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or who have speech difficulty. Equipment includes products like amplified telephones, captioned telephones, phone accessories like loud/flashing ringers, and

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When it comes to one's hearing, most people think in terms of whether a person can hear well or not. However, there's much more to the workings of the ears than the issue of hearing loss. One of the hearing conditions that people are not as aware of is tinnitus. While most people don't know much about it, tinnitus is

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We are all aware of the expected increase in the 65+ population as the baby-boomers age and increased life expectancy. While age and hearing loss frequently go hand-in-hand, hearing impairment is not considered a normal process of aging. Instead, hearing loss in the advanced years is likely the result of an accumulation of years of noise exposure, use of ototoxic

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In the vast majority of cases, the short answer is no, hearing loss cannot increase your chances of falling or affect your balance in any way. There are a few occasions when hearing loss and dizziness may happen at the same time. In these cases, there is generally a very sudden drop in hearing in one ear only, and the

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1.)    Hearing aids will make my hearing “normal” again like glasses make vision 20/20.             Vision issues of near- or far-sightedness are caused by an incorrectly formed lens within the eye.  This can be corrected by placing an additional lens in front of the eye (i.e. glasses) so that between the two lenses the eye sees clearly.  Vision can usually

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Q: What is the difference between sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss?  Are there different treatments for each type?  A:  Sensorineural hearing loss is hearing loss that stems from either the hair cells of the cochlea (inner ear), the nerve that runs from the cochlea to the brain, or a combination of both. Sensorineural loss is

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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 first.  For this reason, it is

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This question is asked more than any other.  The answer is NO.  There is no simple explanation.  A quick overview of Medicare and coverage reveals some complicated answers.  Hearing aids are considered to be elective.  They are Class I medical devices, NOT durable medical devices.  They are not medically necessary, prescribed by your physician or regulated by the FDA. Medicare

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You finally did it!  You got a hearing test.  You have permanent hearing loss.  Your family has been nagging you for a while that you don’t hear well.   “Get a hearing aid,” they say.  YOU feel you can hear ok.  If people would just slow down and speak clearly you would hear fine.  People talk to you but look away. 

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