Auditory Fatigue: Why HoHs Fade Fast

By Chelle Wyatt   At a recent meeting of my local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Susan Naidu, an audiologist at the University of Utah, spoke about auditory fatigue, also called listener fatigue or cognitive energy fatigue. According to Susan, this “real condition is not discussed or researched enough.” It isn’t…

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Winning the War Against Hearing Loss, part 8: Enabling the Almost Deaf to Hear

The articles in this continuing series are all about miracles. Previously, I told you about Kim, David, Dr. Judy, Sam, and Michael & Ann. Our story today is about Sandy, a design engineer who works for a large manufacturing company. She has no functional hearing in her left ear and a profound hearing loss in…

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If Hearing Aids Are Not Enough, FM Systems May Be the Solution

Sometimes patients come into our office unable to hear or to communicate effectively. What’s more, they are scared. As their hearing has deteriorated over the years, they and their loved ones fear that they are going completely deaf. These patients and family members come to us hoping and praying that we can help them. Working…

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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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