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Under normal circumstances, wax and dead skin is naturally removed from ear canals through everyday movement of the head and jaw and through the growth of the skin lining the ear canal. Unfortunately, wearing hearing aids can disrupt how the ear cleans itself, leading to occluding and impacted wax. Occluding and impacted wax can affect hearing and hearing aid function.

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This is a very fair question. If you’re considering spending the money for hearing aids, why can’t the hearing test be thrown in at no charge? Some clinics do provide this service at no cost. However, things are not always what they seem; the price of the hearing test is likely bundled into the cost of the hearing aids you

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Prepare: The very first step is to schedule a hearing test to determine whether or not you need hearing aids. This test will also help determine which hearing aids will work best for you. The most successful hearing aid users wear their hearing aids during all waking hours (with some exceptions for water and loud noise). Commit to consistent, daily

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If you have concerns about your hearing or the hearing of a family member, a hearing evaluation is recommended. Just as there are different kinds of hearing loss, there are also different kinds of hearing tests. You may see Hearing Screenings being done at health fairs and the like. These are a simple way to see if you have normal

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There are many medications that can affect your hearing.  In fact, there are around 200 ototoxic drugs.  Ototoxicity is when medications cause damage to the inner ear, which may include both the balance and hearing portions.  These areas contain very sensitive cells that are susceptible to certain medications and when affected, can cause ringing in the ears, hearing loss, and/or

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Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) People with all types and degrees of hearing loss can benefit from an assistive listening device (ALD). Since the microphone of a typical hearing aid is worn on or behind your ear, its ability to enhance the talker-to-background noise ratio is limited. However, ALDs are designed to increase the loudness of a desired voice, such as

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The short answer to the question is, yes, hearing aids can be purchased from the Internet.   Is it in the best interest of the potential user?  Definitely not.   It seems anything can be purchased from the Internet these days.  There are websites that sell cars, homes, electronics, mortgages and yes, medical equipment.  Most websites that sell over the internet are

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All batteries are toxic and dangerous if swallowed. Keep all batteries (and hearing aids) away from children and pets. If anyone swallows a battery it is a medical emergency and the individual needs to see a physician immediately.   If a battery is swallowed, immediately call the 24-hour National Battery Ingestion Hotline at 202-625-3333 (call collect if necessary) or call your

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Two common reasons for hearing loss in adults are age-related changes and noise-induced hearing damage.  While we have not found the “fountain of youth” for your ears there are some things that you can do to have the healthiest hearing possible.  First let’s talk about noise.  Our world is certainly a noisy place!  The loudness of a sound is measured in decibels (or

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How do I know if I have Hearing Loss? Hearing loss can be due to the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (at birth) or genetic factors, diseases, as well as a number of other causes. Recent data suggests there are over 34 million Americans with some degree of hearing loss. Hearing

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