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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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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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