How to Help Your Patients Hear Even When the Noise Level is High

When I’m talking with my patients, I like to compare eyeglasses and hearing aids. They are familiar with bifocals and understand how they work for different viewing situations: the upper lens is for distance, the lower lens for close-up work. Similarly, hearing aids have multiple programs that are adjusted for specific listening situations. The first…

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Do the Hearing Aids You Fit Sound Clear?

Every year, hearing aids become more complicated, as the number of bands and automatic features increases. Despite that, these new and improved instruments are “easy to program” and “reports on them from early sales are astonishing” – or so we are told by the sales staff for the manufacturers. In fact, when we order a…

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Successful Hearing Aid Use, Part 12: What is a “Special Listening Program”?

A few months ago on this blog, I discussed using a “special listening program” to reduce unwanted noise. Such programs help you hear better in various situations, including when you’re in a crowd or on the telephone. Not all hearing aids come with multiple listening programs, so if you think you would benefit from this…

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