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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 up on a person. 

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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 be suited for

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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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Yes.  Virtually anyone with hearing loss has the potential to benefit from hearing aids.  Hearing aids provide the peripheral auditory system assistance with hearing and understanding sounds and 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 suggested that hearing

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This is one instance where it’s really handy to wear hearing aids!  The vast majority of today’s hearing aids can use wireless technology and have the ability to wirelessly connect to your cell phone.  This essentially turns the hearing aids already in your ears into a Bluetooth headset.  The conversation from your phone can be streamed to both of your

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First, check your insurance. More insurances than ever offer some coverage for hearing aids. Unfortunately, Medicare does not currently have hearing aid coverage, and most supplemental insurances don’t, either. However, it’s always worth a phone call to be sure. Hearing aids come in a range of pricing. While your budget shouldn’t be the only consideration when you’re choosing hearing aids,

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