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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 first.  For this reason, it is

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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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You finally did it!  You got a hearing test.  You have permanent hearing loss.  Your family has been nagging you for a while that you don’t hear well.   “Get a hearing aid,” they say.  YOU feel you can hear ok.  If people would just slow down and speak clearly you would hear fine.  People talk to you but look away. 

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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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Purchasing one hearing aid rather than two can be tempting because it saves money, and one hearing aid still offers an improvement over not using a hearing aid at all. However, that second hearing aid is really important and offers several benefits beyond the use of only one hearing aid: Improved localization, or the ability to tell where a sound

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Fire safety with hearing loss is an important topic but one that few people think about.  Most individuals who wear hearing aids feel pretty confident they’d hear their smoke alarm during the day when they have their hearing aids in but what about while they’re sleeping? Since hearing aids aren’t worn while sleeping, waking to a smoke alarm is a

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On average hearing aids are typically replaced about every 5-7 years, with some being replaced as soon as 2-3 years and some replaced after more than 10 years!  There are many reasons a hearing aid may be replaced.  Every hearing aid has a fitting range; a variety of differing degrees of hearing loss can all be well fit within the

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Your hearing aids should be cleaned and checked by your audiologist at least every 4-6 months.  This is in addition to you wiping the hearing aids off every night before you put them in the case and you checking/at-home cleaning your hearing aids every 1-2 weeks.  This helps ensure that the components are being kept as clean as possible to

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