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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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Types of Hearing Aids Styles of Hearing Aids Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles. Thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components, hearing aids are smaller than ever. Many of today's hearing aids are considered sleek, compact, and innovative - offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers. When selecting

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Hearing Loss is a significant public health issue that is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease.  There are many potential causes of hearing loss.  A diagnostic hearing test and review of ear and hearing symptoms can help to determine the type and possible the cause of hearing loss.  The following are just some of the

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Can a little hearing loss really be that bad? Studies are showing that the affects of hearing loss can be more far-reaching than just difficulty hearing. In 1999, the National Council on Aging found those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to experience sadness, depression, paranoia, anxiety, reduced social activity and emotional turmoil compared to those who have treated hearing loss. 1  Hearing

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People will often ask me if there is any new advancement in surgical procedures or implantable devices that could help them hear better rather than wearing hearing aids.  Well like most answers, it depends.  Technically yes, there are, but whether you are a candidate for those devices is the variable.  Most people are not good candidates but it’s a good

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Over recent years we’ve seen an explosion of wireless technology being used with hearing aids.  This allows hearing aids to wirelessly connect to electronic devices such as cellphones and televisions and the use of remote microphones to help hear specific voices in a crowded room.  These wireless functions have been made possible through the use of a remote control device

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A FM system is a special wireless device that helps people hear better in noisy listening situations.  FM stands for frequency modulation and uses radio waves to transmit audio signals to the listener.  The device is typically used in conjunction with hearing aids but can also be used alone in cases of normal hearing. The FM system can be used to

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Simply put, aural rehabilitation is the process of learning how to hear again. You might also see the term aural habilitation, which is the process of learning to hear. When a child is diagnosed with hearing loss at birth, there has been no exposure to sound and therefore do not know how to hear. Some parents will choose to have

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