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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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It may come as a surprise to know hearing loss can have many negative consequences on day to day living.  Research indicates hearing loss can lead to developmental problems, negative social experiences, psychological problems, reduced cognitive abilities and health problems.  The average person takes eight years to seek help for hearing loss.  They may suffer embarrassment, blame the problem on other people “mumbling” or

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On average, hearing aids last between five to seven years. Hearing aids are similar to other electronic devices in that over time technology continually improves. Typically, within five to seven years, hearing aid technology has improved significantly enough to warrant the purchase of new hearing aids. Also, with time and consistent use, the electronic components in hearing aids will wear

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How loud does a sound have to be before it can damage your hearing? Our world is a noisy place. There are loud sounds all around us and some can certainly be loud enough to damage our hearing. The loudness of sound is measured in decibels (or dB). Sounds in the 0-10 dB range are the softest sounds the human

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