Bridging the Gap Between What Patients “Need” and What They “Want”

How many times have you told a patient what hearing aid they need, only to be told, “Well, that’s fine, but I want the other one.” At times there is a substantial difference between the hearing aid system that would work best for patients and the system that they want. Some hearing aids have the…

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After 70 years, turning hearing aids off at night is still a hassle

With all the modern inventions that surround us and with all the new ideas that come onto the market everyday, wouldn’t you think that the “Hearing Aid Industry” would have invented some simple way to turn hearing aids on and off at night? Well, no such luck. We still use the 70-year-old idea of opening…

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When hearing aid patients take written notes, it saves time and headaches

Patients and their families want to know how they can improve the quality of hearing aid fittings. Our topic for today, “Patient Notes,” is one way we can markedly improve all aspects of the experience our patients have with the hearing aids we give them. Written notes help ensure that we do not miss or…

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How many hours a day should I wear my hearing aids?

I love this question, and I hear it from my patients all the time. It is similar to other questions that people ask the experts: How many hours a day do I need to exercise to be fit? How many hours a day should I practice the piano to become proficient? Now, before I answer…

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Helpful Tools, Helpful Suggestions

Let me ask you a question.  As a hearing health care professional, when you send a new CIC (completely-in-the-canal) hearing aid to the factory for repair, do you check it when it comes back? And if you find that it’s ‘dead’, what do you do?  Be careful how you answer; you may be surprised. This…

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Successful Hearing Aid Use, Part 13: A safe and easy guide to earwax removal

Important note: The information in this article is for patients who have been checked by a medical doctor and told that it is all right for them to clean their ears. If you have any ear pain, drainage from your ear, a hole (perforation) in your eardrum, or any other type of ear problem, do…

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