How to Reduce Background Noise and Improve Speech Understanding

In my last couple of blog posts I discussed the use of “listening programs” to improve hearing. Today I want to continue this discussion and cover the difficult topic of “How to enhance word understanding and simultaneously reduce background noise.” When I tackle this problem, hearing when it is noisy, I first ask myself, is…

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Don’t take chances when you’re taking ear impressions

Those of us who have worked in this field for years have taken thousands of ear impressions. And, just like nurses who give injections every day, it is easy for us to become desensitized to the importance and potential risks of this procedure. Taking an ear impression is not a risk-free process. The safety of…

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Embezzlement in the Office: It Can Happen to You

This following story is true, and it happened to me. It has now been more than a year since this sad episode occurred, and I would like to say I have recovered. But if truth be told, this case has changed my life forever. Some wounds go very deep. Sarah and I worked together for…

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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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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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