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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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If you have hearing or balance problems, you may be referred to a specialist for further testing or treatment. Should you see an Audiologist or an ENT Physician? Sometimes the answer is “both”. An Audiologist is a health care professional who can evaluate, diagnose and manage hearing loss and balance disorders. Audiologists have earned a doctoral degree (Au.D.) or master’s

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What a unique gift idea!  There are many different gift ideas in this category ranging from hearing aid necessities to accessories that help a hearing aid user connect with the world around them.  Batteries!  Hearing aid users buy lots of batteries over the course of a year.  Depending on what size battery a hearing aid takes, batteries need to be

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This is a very good question. It may seem as though this question has a very obvious answer, with the answer being that you should have a hearing test if you are having trouble hearing, and yes, this answer is correct. However, there are several other situations that may indicate the need for a hearing test. Some of the most

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