Patients Will Enjoy Helping Design a Listening Program Just for Them

This week, in our continuing series of posts about creating and using listening programs, I would like to talk about helping hearing aid wearers hear better in “fun” places, such as bowling alleys. Many years ago, when remote controls first came onto the market, I had a patient who wanted to hear when she went…

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How to Program Hearing Aids for T-Coil Use

There are many different ways a hard-of-hearing person can use a telephone with their hearing aids. The three most common are: (1) Holding the telephone near the microphone on the hearing aid. (2) Using a telecoil (T-coil), holding the hearing aid against the phone, and (3) Connecting the hearing aid to the telephone by means…

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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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How to Design a “Maximum Hearing” Program

In my last blog post, I introduced the topic of listening programs and how to use them to create fantastic hearing for your hearing aid patients. In this article I want to continue that discussion and work through the specifics. But first, let’s talk about the default listening program.   THE DEFAULT SETTING When we…

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How Listening Programs Can Greatly Improve Your Patients’ Hearing

The greatest joy that our profession brings us is to help people hear well. People come to the office hearing poorly. They leave hearing better. They leave happy. And they leave us with a deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Today I want to add another tool to your toolbox. It a hearing aid feature…

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Fitting Hearing Aids for the Bowling Alley: A Triumph for Trial and Error

Manufacturers build a lot of “help” for us into their hearing aid fitting software. This includes many suggestions for helping our patients hear in a wide variety of listening conditions. But sometimes, you can find a better fitting—a really excellent fitting–by doing a little trial-and-error rather than depending on the manufacturer’s suggestions. Many years ago…

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