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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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All batteries are toxic and dangerous if swallowed. Keep all batteries (and hearing aids) away from children and pets. If anyone swallows a battery it is a medical emergency and the individual needs to see a physician immediately.   If a battery is swallowed, immediately call the 24-hour National Battery Ingestion Hotline at 202-625-3333 (call collect if necessary) or call your

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How do I know if I have Hearing Loss? Hearing loss can be due to the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (at birth) or genetic factors, diseases, as well as a number of other causes. Recent data suggests there are over 34 million Americans with some degree of hearing loss. Hearing

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Simply put, aural rehabilitation is the process of learning how to hear again. You might also see the term aural habilitation, which is the process of learning to hear. When a child is diagnosed with hearing loss at birth, there has been no exposure to sound and therefore do not know how to hear. Some parents will choose to have

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And Conserving What Hearing You Have Left Your hearing is important for both practical and social reasons, and when you begin to lose it, your quality of life suffers. Many people don't realize that they have severe hearing loss until it's too late. While it is normal to lose a small amount of your natural hearing range as you get

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