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Recently there has been some commotion surrounding potential FDA approval of a ‘new’ kind of hearing aid: over the counter (OTC) amplification.   It may surprise people but this type of device is actually not new at all.  They have been around for years, just under various names.  You have probably all seen commercials or infomercials for them, seen them sold in the “made

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You’re right! Just like with any electronic device, moisture is bad for your hearing aids if it gets inside. There are two things we can do to avoid problems: prevent moisture from getting into the hearing aids and remove any moisture that makes it inside. Most new hearing aids are treated with a protective coating that helps to prevent moisture

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Answer: In many cases, the cause of a sudden change in hearing is easily found and addressed, such as hearing loss caused by excessive wax or an ear infection. Even allergies or illness can affect your hearing. However, something more serious may be going on. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is an unexplained sudden or rapid decrease in hearing. SSNHL

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The short answer to this question is rarely.  Hearing aids do not cause ringing/buzzing to become louder with a few exceptions.  The ringing/buzzing is tinnitus.  The majority of people who have tinnitus and wear hearing aids experience some relief when using their hearing aids.  The amplified sound can have a masking effect.  Sounds that are not usually heard cause the

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Have no fear, we endeavor to make the process as painless and stress free as possible. If your doctor is recommending a hearing test often he or she will send a referral to us indicating that a hearing test is recommended.  We will then call you to set up the appointment for a date and time that works for you. 

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Proper care of your hearing aids can prevent many common problems.  While we are always happy to help you in our office with the cleaning and care of your hearing aids, there are several things you can do at home to troubleshoot problems.  The following are common symptoms and possible solutions: My hearing aid is “dead” or not loud enough:

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Unfortunately, while using percentages would make understanding hearing loss quite a bit easier, it is not at all an accurate way to describe your hearing loss for a couple of reasons. First, when we test your hearing, we test your ability to hear multiple tones, from low pitch to high pitch. Some people have hearing loss only in the high

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Your primary care provider uses a wealth of knowledge and ample experience to take care of your health and wellness. However, as much as your provider knows about the human body and how to care for it, on some occasions, they will refer you to a specialist who is an expert in a specific field of care. For example, perhaps

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There are several new developments in hearing aids: rechargeability, “made for iPhone” technology, new noise reduction strategies, and a new strategy for helping severe to profound hearing loss. Rechargeabilty has evolved over the years and is available from both Phonak and Signia.   These receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) style hearing aids have a rechargeable battery cell fully enclosed in the hearing aid body. 

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First off there are some similarities between hearing aids and cochlear implants.  They both are powered by batteries.  They both require the user to wear a device on/ in/ behind/ near their ears. They both must be programmed by an audiologist. They both are used to treat hearing loss in both children and adults. Although there are similarities between hearing

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