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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/Siemens.   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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Hearing aids are available at a wide range of costs.  There are a number of factors that go into determining the cost of the hearing aid.  The biggest factors that influence cost are the technology that is inside of the hearing aid, the options the hearing aid offers and the services provided by your audiologist to make sure the hearing

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You are not alone in this complaint.  It is one that we hear frequently and can often be explained by common changes that happen in our hearing, especially as we age.  Speech falls across many different frequencies.  In English, our vowel sounds are in the low frequencies and the majority of consonants are in the high frequencies.  Consonants are the

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Sometimes it seems like people are obsessed with their ear wax: how much they have, what color or consistency it is, and how to clean it out of their ears. When I tell patients that wax serves a purpose and is there for a reason, they tend to be surprised. But it’s true: in most cases, ear wax is beneficial

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