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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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I can’t understand people very well on the telephone; they are too soft or they sound like they are mumbling.  Is there something to help me? You have several potential options allowing easier and clearer hearing on the telephone as well.  As always, the first thing to do is make sure that your hearing has been tested recently.  Like ‘Loud

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I have difficulty hearing my television; my family complains it is too loud, but when it is softer I can’t understand what the people are saying.  What can I do? There are several options that can help make television watching easier and clearer.  The first thing to do is make sure that your hearing has been tested recently.  You may

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The specific steps to getting hearing aids can vary slightly from person to person but they follow the same general pattern. First- You will need to have your hearing officially tested to determine how much hearing loss you have and if the hearing loss is permanent (sensorineural) or temporary (conductive).  Depending upon what your test results are you may need to

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Your sense of balance comes from three different systems working together: your inner ear, your vision, and your perception of where your body is in space. When one or more of these three systems isn’t working properly, you may experience dizziness. There are many ways to feel dizzy. Vertigo is the feeling that you are spinning or that the room

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Hearing aids work very well when they are fit and adjusted appropriately to the user’s prescription. Most people do not know that there is an adjustment period for your ears and your brain to reconfigure to incorporate hearing aids (or new hearing aids) into your life. In the beginning this will sound different. Nonetheless, they should be comfortable with respect

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A very common statement I hear from hearing aid users is that even though they have hearing aids, they still don’t hear well in background noise. This is probably the biggest difficulty with hearing loss and hearing aids. What I mean by background noise is usually chatter in places like restaurants and parties, fan noise, TV noise, music, or any

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What Types of ALDs Exist? There are many assistive listening devices available today, from sophisticated systems used in theaters and auditoriums to small personal systems. Various kinds of assistive listening devices are listed below: Personal Listening Systems:  There are several types of personal listening systems available. All are designed to carry sound from the speaker (or other source) directly to the

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