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How do I know if I have Hearing Loss?
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Hearing loss can be due to the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (at birth) or genetic factors, diseases, as well as a number of other causes. Recent data suggests there are over 34 million Americans with some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss often occurs gradually throughout a lifetime. People with hearing loss compensate often without… Read More

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What if my doctor recommends a hearing aid that is ugly or unflattering?
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Many people with hearing loss have gone to the doctor and been told that they need a hearing aid. However, you may have listened to the diagnosis while visions of clunky beige ear devices swam in front of your eyes—and you haven’t been back since. Let Form and Function Rule Your Hearing Aid Shopping Just because you’re buying a device to correct a medical condition… Read More

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Can hearing loss cause other health problems?
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Yes. While hearing problems themselves do not necessarily cause other health issues, untreated hearing loss can place more strain on both the body and the brain, leading to potentially fatal conditions. Patients who have been suffering from hearing loss for a year or longer could be at risk of other serious medical problems, such as: Falls. Humans rely on sound cues and motion perception in their inner… Read More

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Do I have conductive or sensorineural hearing loss?
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Most patients with hearing loss will be diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, which is commonly caused by natural aging of the structures in the ear. However, some patients suffer from conductive hearing loss, which occurs due to damage or an obstruction in the middle ear that prevents sounds from being transmitted to the inner ear. How Can I Tell If I Have Conductive Hearing Loss? Conductive hearing loss… Read More

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Are there any hearing aids or accessories for people who play sports?
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Yes! Just because you have a hearing condition doesn’t mean you have to stay on the sidelines while your friends enjoy the warm weather. There are many different sports-centric hearing aids and accessories that allow you to hear crisp sound without risking damage to your device due to: Sweat. Moisture can prove fatal for many hearing aids. Even if an individual leads a sedentary lifestyle, sweat can… Read More

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Should my relative with hearing loss stop driving?
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While many people worry about the safety of their loved ones with hearing conditions, many people can continue to drive safely despite their hearing loss. Studies suggest that distractions and lack of experience are far more dangerous than an inability to hear—that is, as long as the hearing-impaired driver takes proper precautions. Tips for Hearing-Impaired Drivers Hearing may not be as vital to driving as… Read More

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Why do I need a hearing aid fitting?
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No individual is required to have a hearing aid fitting, but there are many benefits to having a hearing healthcare professional advise you when it comes to choosing the right device. Before you send away for a hearing aid, consider how a hearing aid fitting can be invaluable to patients by: Examining your hearing test results. Your hearing care provider will perform a short hearing test to… Read More

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Why did my hearing aid stop working?
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There could be a number of reasons why your hearing aid stopped working or isn’t working as good as it used to. Dead batteries, blocked filters, and changes in your hearing needs are all common reasons for compromised sound quality. Before taking your device to a professional for repair and maintenance, patients can try the following at home to restore clear sound:   Turn it… Read More

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Will insurance cover my hearing aids?
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Since your hearing loss is considered a medical condition, you may have assumed that the hearing aids you need to correct the condition would be covered, at least in part, by your medical insurance. In most cases, you would be wrong. Most insurance companies do not offer benefits for hearing aids for adults…and those that do only cover part of the cost. Why Don’t Insurance… Read More

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Will it damage my hearing aid if I get it wet?
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Many patients soon become so used to wearing their hearing devices that they forget to take them out. While more and more hearing aids are designed to be water resistant, only a select few devices are considered waterproof—and prolonged exposure to moisture can permanently damage your device. What Can I Do If My Hearing Aid Gets Wet? You should always remove your hearing aids before… Read More

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