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By, Margaret Christiansen, Au.D. Getting new hearing aids is exciting but it can come with some surprises if you don’t know what to expect.  When you first get your hearing aids, your world is going to be filled with sounds you have been missing!  Conversations will be easier to hear and understand, television volumes will go down and you’ll be

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Q: Are there different styles or types of hearing aids? A: There are many styles of hearing aids, designed to provide patients ease of use, choice, and comfort.  When we talk about hearing aid styles, we break them up into 2 main style groups: “in-the -ear” and the “behind-the ear”.  From there we further break them down by size or

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By, Emily Steffel, Au.D.  Each style of hearing aid requires slightly different maintenance but there are several things that are common to all hearing aid types. Every day you should wipe the hearing aids off whenever you take them out of your ears. You should use a clean dry lint-free cloth or a clean dry tissue; do not use tissues with

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By, Margaret Christiansen, Au.D 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

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By, Margaret Christiansen, Au.D. 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

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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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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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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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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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