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Winning the War Against Hearing Loss, part 6: Mega-power without feedback

So far in this series I’ve discussed Kim, David, and Dr. Judy. Improvements in hearing aid technology and the skill of the audiologist have made it possible for each of these people to continue working despite deteriorating hearing that was pushing them to find another career. Today I introduce Sam, a machinist, who has very…

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Satisfy hard-to-fit patients with your impression-taking and earmold expertise

If you are working with a hard-to-please patient, I suggest that you introduce two concepts at the same time: maximum comfort (what feels good to wear) and maximum hearing (the fitting that will give the patient the “best” hearing). When a new hearing aid user is finicky, you need to win instant approval from the…

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In fitting hearing aids, be very careful when you amplify the low frequencies

If you are new to audiology, be careful when you read this article. Today I want to tackle an advanced concept, so you need to have considerable experience and well-developed intuition when you attempt to employ these ideas. Listed below are hearing thresholds for six patients. For the sake of simplicity I’m showing you their…

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Address “incipient feedback” before it grows into “a monster”

Everyone who works with hearing aids or wears a hearing aid is familiar with feedback. It’s that nasty screech you get when you put your hand up to your ear or when a friend gives you a warm hug. Hearing aid practitioners spend a lot of time dealing with feedback. Today, I want to discuss…

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A quick guide to controlling the feedback “monster”

At times hearing aids make an ear-splitting screech that will drive most people crazy. This horrific noise, called feedback, occurs in all audio systems, including public address systems. In the hearing care profession, we have been fighting the feedback “monster” for many years. Possibly you may have heard that the incredible improvements in digital processing…

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Resolving the feedback dilemma

Feedback is the term used to describe the “whistle” or “screeching” type of noise that hearing aids sometimes make. Feedback occurs with all audio systems, not only hearing aids. You have probably experienced feedback with public address (PA) systems and other audio systems at your school, church, or in a lecture hall. The feedback “screech”…

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