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Which Hearing Aid Features and Options are Best for me?
Medical Hearing Systems

Choosing the right hearing aid is like choosing the right car: there are so many on the market that will work, but it’s hard to tell which one is best. They all have pros and cons, and many will work just fine—but you want to have all the facts in order to make an informed decision about your treatment. So how can you tell which… Read More

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How do I care for my hearing aids?
Medical Hearing Systems

Your audiologist will show you how to use your aid properly and how to care for it. This may take several visits during the trial period. Stay in touch with your audiologist and discuss any problems. Be sure to ask questions if you need more information. Daily Cleaning Follow the instructions for regular cleaning provided by the manufacturer of your hearing aid. Wipe the aid… Read More

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What is an Audiologist?
Medical Hearing Systems

An audiologist is a person who has a masters or doctoral degree in audiology. Most Audiologists today have a clinical doctorate. This has been the entry level degree for the past 5 years. Doctors of Audiology (Au.D.) have extensive training academically and clinically. Audiology is the science of hearing. In addition, the audiologist must be licensed or registered by their state to practice audiology, after… Read More

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What Causes Tinnitus?
Medical Hearing Systems

Tinnitus may originate from various lesions and from different sites. The auditory system involves highly complicated inner ear structures, many afferent and efferent nerve pathways and a great amount of nuclei that form a complex meshwork. Cause of Tinnitus Tinnitus is the term for the perception of sound when no external sound is present. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” although… Read More

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Who can benefit from the use of ALDs?
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People with all degrees and types of hearing loss — even people with normal hearing can benefit from assistive listening devices.   Candidates for ALDs Are ALDs Only for People Using Hearing Aids? No. People with all degrees and types of hearing loss — even people with normal hearing can benefit from assistive listening devices. Some assistive listening devices are used with hearing aids; some… Read More

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What are Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)?
Medical Hearing Systems

ALDs can increase the loudness of desired sounds, such as a radio, television, or a public speaker, without increasing the loudness of the background noises. Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) People with all types and degrees of hearing loss, even people with normal hearing, may benefit from an assistive listening device (ALD). Typically, a hearing aid makes all sounds in the environment louder. ALDs can increase… Read More

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What is Digital Technology?
Medical Hearing Systems

The term digital is used for most of today’s current technology, from televisions to cell phones. Hearing aids today are digital, which means incoming sound is converted into a series of numbers which are then processed using mathematical equations. Digital processing enables very complex manipulation of sound, for example, to separate speech from noise.   A few digital instruments are capable of 1.8 million calculations per… Read More

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What do I need to know about my hearing aid batteries?
Medical Hearing Systems

All batteries are toxic and dangerous if swallowed. Keep all batteries (and hearing aids) away from children and pets. If anyone swallows a battery it is a medical emergency and the individual needs to see a physician immediately.  If a battery is swallowed, immediately call the 24-hour National Battery Ingestion Hotline at 202-625-3333 (call collect if necessary) or call your poison center at 1-800-222-1222. The… Read More

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Type and Degree of Hearing Loss
Medical Hearing Systems

Results of the audiometric evaluation are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Loudness is plotted from top to bottom. Frequency, from low to high, is plotted from left to right.

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How do I know if I have Hearing Loss?
Medical Hearing Systems

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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