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    Subject Programmable VS Digital From JW I am getting hearing aids for the first time Programmable hearing aids will cost 3000 digital will cost 5600 Is there a 2600 difference in quality Will I have to replace the aids in a few years I m 47 years old Will the price on digital aids drop as computers have or will the technology improve so that upgrading will be important It is a difficult decision My loss in both ears is a straight decrease from mild in the lower tones to moderate in the high tones I can still cope without aids but it is difficult to understand my students when they answer questions in the classroom I d appreciate any advice you can give Dear JW I think you will see both scenarios unfold price drop for basic products and increasing capability of upgrade Quite frankly I think the price difference at this point truly does reflect improvement Programmable hearing aids DO allow greater flexibility and with multiple memories considerably greater options in difficult listening environments BUT the digital hearing aids go at the process in significantly different ways For example some DSP hearing aids scan for recurring sounds noise and reduce those bands allowing for a greater signal to noise ratio Digital hearing aids also do not contend with the heat products of analog hearing aids creating a greater predicted life span of component parts Undoubtedly now that the power consumption of digital hearing aids appears under control the manufacturers will make more creative use of the processing capability of the chips and we will see continuing improvement in the sound quality delivered One thing to keep in mind is that regardless of the sophistication of the technology the signal must still be carried by a defective auditory mechanism

    Original URL path: http://www.hearingcenter.com/httpdocs/Questions/Q_progVSdig.html (2016-02-01)
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    even his developing speech stopped we took him to our doctor and was told there was nothing wrong He then had an ear infection at the same time as his 2 elder brothers and it was treated and it cleared up We were still concerned 2 weeks later as his hearing had still not returned and went to our health visitor about it she said that it was not his hearing that had gone but that he was lazy and slow at learning and she decided that he needed speech therapy so she arranged it We took him for the first session and the clinic gave him a check over and asked if we had any concerns about our son and we told them that he appeared to have a hearing problem and that his speech had stopped because of it the doctor at the clinic asked us if our son had passed his 18 month hearing check which he had done just before he had chicken pox and we told the doc that he had and we were told that there was nothing they could do about it Now 6 months down the line a new doctor for our children and a new health visitor and after finally having a hearing test performed he has to have hearing aids fitted if they had listened to us 6 months ago is there a chance he could now have normal hearing I would appreciate your opinion on this as we feel our son has possibly been robbed of a normal hearing life yours sincerely Mrs A B Thank you for your time Dear Mrs AB I am so sorry to hear about your son I can imagine your frustration during your search for an answer and your dismay when that answer

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    Widex DIVA Widex Senso Q A Subject Sudden Hearing Loss From M Chile Please I have a sudden hearing loss in my left ear I was treated with esteroids but it did not work I just want to know about cases of this sickness Do cases like this ever have a happy ending I have had 2 years with this sickness Can I improve myself Thanks Many questions First we do not always know what causes these sudden hearing losses Sometimes it is an infection in the inner ear caused by a virus Sometimes it is a break in the inner ear capsule where the loss of fluids damages the delicate nerve endings Sometimes it is a small blood clot in the ear which interrupts the blood flow sort of like a stroke in the ear Your doctor s use of steroids was an excellent therapy to try Unfortunately it is not always successful and the longer the condition continues the less likely that hearing will improve Now after two years I expect that you have already achieved whatever improvement you can expect You have not said how much hearing loss you have If there is usable hearing in the

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    PJ My father 91 is virtually deaf He can no longer hear through a hearing aid and we recently got him a pocket talker This works but he is already at the upper limit of volume Soon we will need an even more powerful device Can you suggest the next step up in power Obviously cosmetics is not a factor In the periods when he has not had any hearing he has become depressed and withdrawn So trying to keep him hearing a bit at least is a worthy effort Thank you in advance for any counsel Those Pocket Talkers are truly wonderful both for their power and their ease of operation They present sound through ear buds or earphones and that does limit usable power Ask you dispenser if a snap receiver can be obtained If so then have custom earmolds made for your Dad With a custom mold and a snap receiver all the sound will be delivered directly into the ear canal significantly closer to the eardrum That can give greater usable power from the same instrument Another possibility is a personal FM system Quite nice systems are produced by Williams Sound as in Pocket Talker and

    Original URL path: http://www.hearingcenter.com/httpdocs/Questions/Q_ALDs.html (2016-02-01)
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    From JZ I would like to ask you about how the features of the digital hearing aids that are currently available in the market I am planning to replace my pair of Argosy Eclipse with the new technology I was reading your Director Corner and I found some information on the equipment that you have mentioned but the decision of which equipment is the best is still unanswered How I can compare the features of such digital hearing aids Is there an independent company like Consumer Reports that can develop different test in order to determine the best one Regards JZ This web site is close to being the latest information that you ll find anywhere New digital hearing aids are being announced every day but quite a few of them are just relabeled versions of ones that are already on the market Some are totally automatic no user adjustments needed Some have remote controls for adjusting the program and volume Some have volume controls on the aid itself a push button There is no best hearing aid They have different features and some may be more important than others to you The best way to get honest independent advice

    Original URL path: http://www.hearingcenter.com/httpdocs/Questions/Q_Best_Digital.html (2016-02-01)
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    Digital HA History Older Hearing Aids Adapto Axent Claro Canta7 Digital 5000 Songbird Trano Widex DIVA Widex Senso Q A Q My dog ate my hearing aid Has this happened to anyone else A It happens all the time Dogs seem to like the waxy taste of hearing aids and delight in chewing on them We have had patients who have had cats play with the hearing aids batting them

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    Professionals Director s Corner Hearing Aid Repairs One Clinic s History Sudden Loss Article Travel Suggestions Miss America Spot TV News Outreach About this site Ask the Audiologist Industry News Hearing Groups AHAA AAA ASHA BHI SHHH Industry People Archives Hearing Aid Technology Digital HA History Older Hearing Aids Adapto Axent Claro Canta7 Digital 5000 Songbird Trano Widex DIVA Widex Senso Q A Q My hearing aid whistles Is this normal A No Most hearing aids will whistle if you cover them up with your hand but they should not whistle during normal use Whistling is caused by sound from the loudspeaker part of the hearing aid getting around the aid and back into the microphone This feedback of the sound causes the whistling noise If the hearing aid fits properly the output sound should not be able to feed back into the microphone Several things can cause a hearing aid to develop a tendency to whistle such as a loose fit a poor fitting a crack in the aid case or changing ear size Just as your glasses can dent the skin on you nose your hearing aid can compress the tissue in your ear allowing the hearing aid

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    best hearing aid for a particular person You might be able to guess this from the fact that audiologists may routinely schedule an hour and a half to make this decision with the patient and that s after a thorough hearing evaluation Of course you need to know about the person s hearing loss to chose the right circuits and amplification but you also need to know about his lifestyle and other senses If he can t see or feel small objects he probably won t be able to handle the smaller hearing aids He may not be able to put the batteries in right side up or perhaps not at all The small canal aids are great for some people because of their better directionality But if he can t pick them up or put batteries in them that s beside the point Some people really appreciate the power that remote controls give them with their ability to change circuit types and volume for different listening situations But others can t keep track of the remote or don t want to bother with having to make changes all the time Economics plays a role in many cases It may not matter that they really could use a Ferrari type of hearing aid They can t afford one A lessor hearing aid that still improves their hearing and helps them to function may be a very good choice for that individual During the hour and a half hearing aid evaluation we talk about these things with the patient and his relatives The patient is educated about the various styles of hearing aids He is allowed to try on different brands and types of hearing aids and listen to them in various background sounds such as restaurant babble and automobile or

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