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By: Emily Steffel, AuD Q: Are there different types of hearing loss? How can these types of loss be treated? A:  There are three different types of hearing loss. The first is sensorineural hearing loss.  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

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By, Laura Mergen, AuD May is Better Hearing Month! What a great time to think about your hearing health. Here are 6 Good Reasons to Have Your Hearing Tested! You’re having a hard time hearing sometimes. A hearing test will diagnose a hearing loss if you have one. If you do have a hearing loss, a hearing test can tell

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By, Margaret Christiansen, Au.D As technology has advanced in hearing aids, it is becoming increasing common for hearing aids to have the ability to wirelessly connect to smart phones.  Options are available that allow both iPhone and Android users the ability to connect to their hearing aids, often without the need for any additional devices or lanyards.  This allows any

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By, Emily Steffel, AuD Q: - I just bought a set of hearing aids. How long will they last? Can I do anything to help them last? A: - The life span of a hearing aid can vary greatly. On average hearing aids are typically replaced about every 4-5 years, with some being replaced as soon as 2-3 years and

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By, Kevin Kock, AuD For many, purchasing hearing aids might feel overwhelming or even confusing. There seems to be plenty of advertisements online or in the papers and all seem to be providing different information. For some, these conflicting messages add to the confusion. As a licensed audiologist, one of my favorite things to do is to empower patients with

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By, Kevin Kock, AuD The Holiday season is a time for friends, family, and fun. The sweet aroma of cookies and cakes fill the house with joy. Laughter echoes throughout the house as loved ones gather and share precious memories. But for many people with hearing loss, the Holiday season can come with frustration. The punchline of a joke might

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By, Emily Steffel, AuD Yes.  Virtually anyone with hearing loss has the potential to benefit from hearing aids.  Hearing aids provide assistance with hearing and understanding speech, allowing the person to lead a life more connected with the world around them.  In addition to helping a person better understand conversations occurring around them, studies have shown that a connection exists

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By, Emily Steffel, Au.D.  When deciding to purchase hearing aids it can seem overwhelming with so many choices. There is no definitive “right” answer or perfect choice. However, there are a few key things to think about.  First, think about your daily lifestyle. Do you work/hobby doing tasks where the tube or wire of a behind-the-ear hearing aid could get

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By, Margaret Christiansen, Au.D.  Audiologist  The idea of getting hearing aids can be overwhelming! If it’s a new venture for you, it can be a difficult step to make. There are advertisements bombarding you right and left, you worry about the expense, you worry about what if you don’t like your hearing aids, who do you go to, etc. A

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1. You have noticed difficulty hearing, understanding speech, or following the flow of conversation and/or find yourself mentally exhausted at the end of the day. 2.  You no longer enjoy social events, make excuses to avoid going out, feel like you are sometimes looking in on your life from the outside, or feel isolated from others. 3.  You have tinnitus;

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