Hearing Aids Can Help A Range of Hearing Loss

  Many more Americans than you’re probably aware of experience some type of hearing loss. About 15% of adults (37.5 million) over 18 in the U.S. over say they have some trouble hearing. For those between 65 and 75, that increases to approximately one in three people with hearing loss. Once 75 and older, nearly half have difficulty hearing.   Luckily, modern hearing aids can help a wide range of hearing loss and listening needs. When To Think About Hearing Aids Some people with mild high frequency hearing loss feel they are having trouble hearing. They may work in a complex listening environment such…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hearing Aid

Hearing Aid Problems? We Can Help With That!

Contemporary hearing aids are pretty durable devices. However, hearings aids can and do fail. Most hearing aid problems are pretty straightforward. Many are avoided by proper maintenance by the user. But, sometimes, a hearing aid will fail and needs our expert assistance and TLC. Typical Hearing Aid Problems The biggest problem facing hearing aids is earwax. This can clog the opening of the receiver (speaker) in both in-the-ear and over-the-ear devices. Often, even if not visible, microscopic debris can get in the way of sound transmission. The microphone openings can also get clogged with the normal flaking off of dry…
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Hearing Aids Help You Stay Active

  Did you know that about 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss? Many people are affected by their loss of hearing, however there is a solution. If you think hearing loss is slowing you down, don't panic just yet. There is a way to continue doing the things you love while enjoying them at the same time. The Solution  For some people, medical intervention such as ear surgery or cochlear implants is the appropriate treatment. But for the majority of people with hearing loss, professionally fitted hearing aids offer great benefits.  Eight out of…
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Don’t Scrimp On Care When Buying Hearing Aids

  It’s estimated that only 20% of the people with a hearing loss that impacts their communication use hearing aids! Many people are leery of getting hearing aids because they worry they may not like them. It’s not uncommon for someone who has purchased hearing aids to keep them sitting in a drawer. One important thing to remember about hearing aids is that they are customized for you. Where you get your hearing aids is crucial to the success you have when wearing them. Where To Start When you’re considering buying hearing aids, it can be difficult to decide where to…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hearing Aid

Behind-The-Ear V.S. In-The-Canal Hearing Aids

If you’re thinking about purchasing hearing aids, you’ll have several different styles and sizes to choose from. Here is a quick snapshot of the different types and the pros and cons of each. Behind-The-Ear Aid The standard behind-the-ear hearing aid has a large tube connecting a custom ear mold to a hearing aid that sits behind your ear. This tends to be the best choice for power hearing aid users, children and those with wax or moisture problems, because the large tube and custom ear mold is easily cleane In-Ear Aids The receiver in-the-ear style also has a behind-the-ear component, but…
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How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?

How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?   Frequently at our audiology and hearing aid centers in Fairfield County, patients ask us how long their hearing aids will last. Folks want to know when they are going to have to replace their hearing aids and invest in another set. There are many factors that affect the lifespan of hearing aids. The short answer is "in four to ten years." Let's unpack that very wide range of time. Are your Current Hearing Aids Broken? Hearing aids come with one to three years of warranty. During the warranty period, they can be repaired if broken, or replaced if…
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Treat Your Hearing Loss In May For Better Hearing & Speech Month

  May is Better Hearing & Speech Month and the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is urging those who think they have hearing loss to get a hearing test and treat it.  It can open up a whole new way of looking at life. Research has long shown that addressing hearing loss is one of the best things you can do to improve your quality of life. According to new research from BHI, people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to be optimistic, tackle problems actively, have a strong social network, and feel engaged in life. Fortunately,…
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Making Sure Hearing Aids Are Right For You

  Often patients who visit our audiology practice in Fairfield County, CT are leery of getting hearing aids because they wonder what if they get them and don't like them. We have even been told that they have friends who have hearing aids sitting in a drawer.  Can they use their friend’s so they don't waste their money!? There are two important things to remember about hearing aids.  One, they are customized for you.  Two, when you purchase hearing aids you have a trial period. People experience hearing loss in different ways.Hearing aids are digitally programmed to your individual hearing and needs…
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The Hearing Aids of Today, Not Your Grandfather’s Hearing Aids

  In the United States, 1 out every 6 individuals has a hearing loss that impacts or interferes with their ability to communicate. This causes frustration and isolation, not only for these individuals, but for their families, friends, and acquaintances – many who may not know or understand the difficulties that can accompany hearing loss. Luckily, hearing aids can help alleviate some of these communication difficulties, and help people to hear and understand conversation and the world around them. Unfortunately, out of the estimated 30 million people that have a hearing loss that impacts their communication, only 20% of these…
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When Do You Need Hearing Aids?

  The decision to get hearing aids is a personal one, and the journey to better hearing is not the same for every person. Perhaps you have been tested and have learned that you have a hearing loss. Maybe you find that you are having difficulty hearing and want to learn if hearing aids would be helpful. A few signs that you may benefit from a hearing aid include: Difficulty understanding conversation in noisy places, such as a restaurant, party, or meeting Difficulty following conversation in a group of people Asking people to repeat "Missing" parts of a conversation, such…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hearing Aid
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