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Question:How can I stop my hearing aids from sounding tinny?

February 10, 2017Author: Ann Thomas

Avatar of Ann ThomasAnswer:I’ve had a pair of hearing aids for almost 6-months. Things like running water and rustling paper seem to have a tinny quality. I notice the output response graphs in the User Guide show the response peaking at 3 KHz. Is this the cause of the tinny phenomenon? Or is it something else? Is there
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Question:Should I get two hearing aids even though one ear is nearly deaf?

February 10, 2017Author: Ann Thomas

Avatar of Ann ThomasAnswer:Right now I wear one BTE aid in my left ear which has a 30% hearing loss. My right ear has an 85-90% loss. My provider said because of that loss, an aid in that ear would not help, so consequently when attending meetings, parties, and sporting events, the hearing noise is unbearable with no
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Question:How can I hear speech better in noisy situations when I wear my hearing aids?

February 10, 2017Author: Ann Thomas

Avatar of Ann ThomasAnswer:I have been wearing 2 hearing aids with 6 channels since July. I am satisfied overall, but continue to be frustrated with speech clarity when in a social situation, such as seated in a restaurant with lots of background sounds. I have tried different channels, but can’t find one that lets me hear speech clearly.
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Question:What is the best hearing aid for kids?

February 2, 2017Author: Roger Angelelli

Avatar of Roger AngelelliAnswer:What is typically the best hearing aid for kids? My son will be 15 years old in March. Answer: Treating hearing loss in children is more complicated than treating it for adults. A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid is recommended for most kids, because it best accommodates their rapid growth. Although children will need new ear
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Question:Are hearing aids with more channels better?

January 6, 2017Author: Donovan Davisson

Avatar of Donovan DavissonAnswer:Are hearing aids with more channels better than hearing aids with fewer channels? Is it worth the extra cost to get a hearing aid with more channels? Answer The difference between a hearing aid with more channels and a hearing aid with fewer channels is fairly simple—more channels allow the provider to adjust the volume
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Question:What’s the best way to deal with sweat when you wear hearing aids?

January 5, 2017Author: Ky Willbanks

Avatar of Ky WillbanksAnswer:I never see perspiration addressed as a problem when wearing hearing aids. Anytime I’m doing something physical and I begin to sweat, my hearing aids begin to alarm and shut down. Is this a common problem and is there a good solution? Answer Perspiration can definitely create problems for hearing aids. Manufacturers have worked hard
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Question:What’s the difference between a hearing screening and a hearing evaluation?

January 5, 2017Author: Heather Dooley

Avatar of Heather DooleyAnswer:What’s the difference between a hearing screening and a hearing evaluation? Answer: A hearing screening is a simple “pass” or “fail” test. Its purpose is to determine if you have normal hearing or not. It usually consists of a series of beeps or tones at the limit of normal range to see if you are
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Question:Are there hypo-allergenic hearing aids for sensitive ears?

January 5, 2017Author: Roger Angelelli

Avatar of Roger AngelelliAnswer:Are there hypo-allergenic hearing aids for sensitive ears? Answer: Yes, some manufacturers use hypo-allergenic material shells for their in-the-ear and in-the-canal styles of hearing aids that seem to work well for many people with sensitive ears. Even people without skin allergies may experience itching or irritation of their ears when they are first fitted with
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Question:Is it safe to wear hearing aids in a noisy environment—such as using a lawnmower, leaf blower or snow blower—or is it better to take them off and use ear plugs or headphones for protection?

December 5, 2016Author: Ky Willbanks

Avatar of Ky WillbanksAnswer:Question: Is it safe to wear hearing aids in a noisy environment—such as using a lawnmower, leaf blower or snow blower—or is it better to take them off and use ear plugs or headphones for protection? Answer: One of the most important things you can do to prevent further hearing loss is to protect your
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Question:Since I started wearing a hearing aid, I get more ear wax buildup. Is there a way to reduce or stop buildup?

December 5, 2016Author: Heather Dooley

Avatar of Heather DooleyAnswer:Question: Since I started wearing a hearing aid, I get more ear wax buildup. Is there a way to reduce or stop buildup? Answer: Wax is a natural lubricant for the ear canal; it has a natural antibacterial quality that is good for the ear. Left alone it will typically work itself out. However, wearing
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