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Question:Will Hearing Aids Slow Down Hearing Loss in My Ears?

December 6, 2017Author: Jorge Zavala

Avatar of Jorge ZavalaAnswer:I have a slight upper-frequency hearing loss in my right ear. Will wearing a hearing aid slow down hearing loss in this ear? Answer: No, unfortunately wearing hearing aids does not slow down hearing loss. Their function is to reduce the impact that hearing loss has on your ability to hear and comprehend the sounds
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Question:Can Hearing Aids Be Adjusted to Help Me Understand Consonants Better?

December 6, 2017Author: Jorge Zavala

Avatar of Jorge ZavalaAnswer:I have worn hearing aids for 9 years, but lately the understanding—especially consonants—has diminished. The volume, at least according to volume-level on TV, has stayed the same. Can hearing aids be adjusted to help with consonants? Answer: Yes, your hearing aids can usually be adjusted to help with consonants. Most of the sounds in the
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Question:Would a BTE (Behind-the-ear) Model Be Best for Me?

December 6, 2017Author: Jorge Zavala

Avatar of Jorge ZavalaAnswer:I have had hearing loss in my left ear for years due to a shotgun going off close by, and I have hearing loss due to aging in my right ear. Would a behind-the-ear (BTE) model have more power for amplification due to larger battery size? Do in-the-ear (ITE) models have the same amplification power
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Question:How Can I Reduce Feedback from My Hearing Aids?

May 9, 2017Author: Brian Emery

Avatar of Brian EmeryAnswer:I have been getting a lot of feedback (high pitched noise) lately in my right aid. The only way to reduce it is by turning the volume down to almost nothing. Any suggestions? Answer: There are a couple of different possibilities that may be contributing to your problem. First, you may have an increased need
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Question:I Have Difficulty Hearing in Group and Individual Conversations. How Can I Fix This?

May 9, 2017Author: Brian Emery

Avatar of Brian EmeryAnswer:Even with my hearing aids, I have difficulty hearing in both group situations and individual conversations. I hear the sound, but can’t understand the words. How can I fix this? Answer: Everyone’s hearing is unique, so it would be best to ask this question in person to your local provider, who can offer counseling and
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Question:What’s the Best Hearing Aid?

May 9, 2017Author: Brian Emery

Avatar of Brian EmeryAnswer:What’s the best hearing aid? Answer: There are six major manufacturers, and they all make very good equipment. The top manufacturers all offer a lineup of products that includes more basic hearing aids at the lower end of the price scale as well as high-end hearing aids that feature the latest advances in technology. The
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Question:Why Don’t Insurance Companies Cover Hearing Aids?

May 3, 2017Author: Austin Singelton, Au.D.

Avatar of Austin Singelton, Au.D.Answer:Why Don’t Insurance Companies Cover Hearing Aids? Answer: Actually, many of them do! Although hearing aids have not traditionally been covered by most insurance companies, that’s rapidly changing. In fact, just a couple of years ago, only 46% of Medicare enrollees had some type of coverage for hearing aids. In 2018, 73% of Medicare members
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Question:Do low-priced, over-the-counter hearing aids work?

March 10, 2017Author: Michael Schneller

Avatar of Michael SchnellerAnswer:I see ads for low-priced hearing aids developed by an MD with testimonials bragging about great results. Do they really work? Answer: The low-priced hearing aids you’re referring to aren’t a bad option if you just want to experiment with improving your hearing. It’s like going to the store and picking up some cheap reading
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Question:I have a very complicated hearing loss profile. Can hearing aids help me?

March 10, 2017Author: Michael Schneller

Avatar of Michael SchnellerAnswer:My hearing is normal through the first 5 frequencies, but drops dramatically in the last 3 frequencies to profound levels. I’m having a hard time getting it adjusted to accommodate for the differences. It’s just too loud in the lower frequencies, but not loud enough in the higher range. Any thoughts on how to address
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Question:How do I stream audio from my TV to my hearing aids?

March 10, 2017Author: Michael Schneller

Avatar of Michael SchnellerAnswer:I’m interested in getting hearing aids that stream audio from my TV to my hearing aids. How does this work, and do I need special equipment? Answer: Most hearing aid manufacturers offer a TV streaming device. Their websites are a good source for information on how these devices connect to your TV. Although most support
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