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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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By, Emily Steffel, AuD A: There can be many reasons a patient may opt to upgrade their current hearing aids. Like everything else in our modern world hearing aid technology continues to evolve. The manufacturers are constantly funding research into better ways to analyze speech, process out background noise, use less battery power, and many other aspects of amplification function

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Emily Steffel, AuD, CCC-A A:  There are so many exciting new things in hearing aid technology!  Some hearing aids are now completely rechargeable.  These hearing aids plug into a charger each night, just like your phone, and you won’t have to mess with those tiny hearing aid batteries.  There are also hearing aids that will send your phone call or

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By: Laura Mergen, Au.D., CCC-A The only sure way to know if you have a hearing loss is to have a diagnostic hearing evaluation. This battery of tests will determine how soft are the softest sounds you can hear at different pitches and how well you are able to recognize spoken words. However, there are some signs and symptoms that

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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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