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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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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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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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