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    connected to the world and for keeping their youthful quickness intact others are fearful of taking any action For those of you who welcome hearing aids and know about the recent advances in hearing aids this web site will help your awareness of the latest technology and of the improvements in performance you can expect If you are one of those who is wary of hearing aids or some industry sales techniques this site should arm you with the knowledge to help you proceed toward better hearing The people who worry me the most are those who once tried hearing aids years ago and had a disappointing experience Too often they vow to never try them again Hearing aids have improved dramatically but some available even today are only slightly better than those available 30 years ago and some hearing aid dispensers are still poorly trained Price by the way does not seem to not be a good predictor of how well hearing aids will work for a given individual If you are having trouble understanding you owe it to yourself to do something about your hearing Let me offer you some of my favorite rules of thumb Two hearing aids are better than one if your ears are reasonably similar This is true even if the total cost of both hearing aids is less than the super fancy single unit you might be considering Beware of anyone who promises to make you hear as well as you did when you were young Getting you ears tested in a test booth or quiet office situation is much better than a home visit test The presence of background noise tends to distract the listener and obscure softer test tones so the results may overestimate the amount of loss This results in

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    the exception of consumable parts such as batteries tone hooks and earmolds In some instances the manufacturers require that the aid always be returned to them for warranty work Other manufacturers will send replacement parts such as battery doors to your audiologist so that warranty work can be completed at her office Circuit Changes Changes in hearing difficulty in specific listening situations and the desire for the addition of some of the more sophisticated circuits sometimes require the complete redesign of the hearing aid Many times the manufacturers will accommodate such requests at no fee but in other instances additional costs may be imposed Your audiologist will be happy to contact the manufacturer for a cost estimate to assist you in deciding on a plan of action Some digital signal processing aids can be reprogrammed in the audiologist s office to act like completely different hearing aids Extended Warranties The initial comprehensive policy provided with new hearing aids may often be extended from one to four additional years Again manufacturers policies vary some require decisions on extended warranties by the end of the initial trial period while other manufacturers permit year by year extensions Each year of extended warranty typically costs from 100 to 200 per hearing aid per year Such a policy allows the user to budget maintenance costs Please note not all manufacturers include coverage for loss in their extended warranty or even in their initial warranty Please be sure you know the policies regarding your own hearing aid Separate policies offering limited loss and damage coverage are available While they are relatively inexpensive their coverage is limited and may not cover all costs involved in replacement Sometimes your homeowner s insurance policy will cover loss of hearing aids Out of Warranty Repairs Hearing aids submitted for repair

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    communication problems In 1984 I joined with an ENT in opening the Hearing Center Inc in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC I became sole owner of the Hearing Center Inc in 1988 and eventually owned four hearing centers in three different cities in Maryland In 2002 I was diagnosed with cancer and was unable to continue at the pace required for such a dynamic practice so I sold my practice to an international hearing aid sales organization Sonus that focused on providing the best of care from a network of offices all over the country They also offer a variety of brands of hearing aids and thus can honestly provide hearing aids to match just about any type of loss At the time of the sale we had five audiologists and two licensed hearing instrument specialists on our staff as well as front and back office people and usually an audiology graduate student or two We had two large sound suites in our main office one with double walls for very quiet testing and one sound suite in each of our other offices plus Assistive Listening Device Demo setups hearing aid programming rooms cerumen ear wax management stations and labs for repairing hearing aids We had specialized computers for hearing aid programming Otoacoustic Emissions OAE testing and for verifying hearing aid performance in the ear real ear One of our most useful pieces of equipment was an ultraviolet curing system for making major repairs to hearing aid cases Of course we also had the traditional audiology equipment such as otoscopes audiometers and tympanometers One gadget that our patients liked was our video otoscopes that allows patients to see inside their own ears The new owners of my offices added more equipment and specialized training for the staff and should

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    loss syndrome is a sudden decrease or loss of hearing in one or both ears It may be accompanied by static or ringing in the ears and or dizziness up to 12 hours before the time the hearing loss occurs There are many possible contributory causes sudden pressure changes in the ear during airplane travel or scuba diving unusual physical exertion or strain previous ear surgery recent upper respiratory infection drugs such as birth control pills and ototoxic antibiotics sudden or prolonged loud noise exposure and smoking In many cases the exact cause is unknown and the underlying pathology is suspected to be due to problems with inner ear circulation The initial assessment of the patient who reports sudden hearing loss will include the following Medical history and ear examination blood tests and audiological evaluation Depending on the outcome of those tests further tests may be recommended such as an auditory brainstem response analysis or a magnetic resonance imaging scan The history may alert the doctor to situations which may have caused the loss such as an upper respiratory infection air travel scuba diving smoking birth control pills ototoxic medications or existing medical disorders The ear examination will show abnormalities such as excessive wax in the outer ear canal infection or fluid in the middle ear or perforation of the eardrum Blood tests may show elevated levels of triglycerides and or cholesterol syphilis infection diabetes thyroid or kidney disorders or auto immune disease An audiological evaluation will determine the degree type and location of the hearing loss whether it is a loss of the middle ear inner ear or auditory nerve In addition testing will determine the ability to understand speech Immittance testing will assess the physical status of the eardrum and middle ear muscle reflexes Special tests such as

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    Widex Senso Travel Tips If you wear hearing aids Get your hearing aid checked and repaired if necessary before you leave town Don t put up with a problem while your are traveling Repairs sometimes can take up to two weeks so don t wait until the last minute to do this Buy extra batteries to take with you You can t always depend on finding your size battery when you are in a foreign country Check your hearing aid warranties especially the loss damage part Most new custom hearing aids are warranted against everything including mysterious disappearance for the first year but after that you must keep the warranty up to date yourself Consider getting a dry aid kit if you are going to a warm climate or anywhere there will be lots of humidity Ask if your tour bus train ship etc has assistive listening devices If they don t maybe a different tour would be better for you If they do consider getting your own assistive listening device receiver to make sure you always have one If you don t have hearing aids Are you sure your hearing is ok If you re not sure you should get a hearing test long before you plan to leave so you have time to do something about it You may have wax in your ears or a treatable medical condition Or you may need hearing aids Don t spend a fortune on a vacation and miss the sounds Waterfalls nights on the beach and wildlife sounds are all part of what you are traveling to see and hear Tour guides dinner conversations the theater why pay for them if you aren t going to hear them However don t buy a new hearing aid just before you leave on

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    commercial starring Heather Whitestone Miss America The networks sponsored the commercial as part of their public service series The commercial stressed the importance of early screening for hearing problems in infants and young children with certain risk indicators Cal Covert Senior Producer at CDR who also filmed the acclaimed C Everett Koop lecture on hearing aids said that Solveig s office was one of his favorite filming locations because it was easy to get into and had lots of parking close to the door It also helped that there was a Radio Shack store nearby As the crew was setting up to take the commercial they discovered that their portable video monitor did not work It had fallen off a cart in Chicago where they had been taping the Miss America part of the commercial Luckily we had a TV which did work and Radio Shack had the necessary connector Cathy Fleschner was the lucky audiologist who got to star in the commercial She spent all morning working with the models the film crew brought with them for the pretend ABR testing She said the most difficult part was in keeping the children s attention focused on the testing and

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    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 Hearing problems featured on news Solveig appeared on WUSA evening news CBS affiliate in Washington DC to talk about hearing problems and what to do about them The American Speech Language and

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    hearing aids or anything else on this web site My opinions are still biased but at least I m not getting paid for them The most important decision you will face in getting the proper hearing aids for yourself is in choosing the professional who will help you with your selection I think you should choose your audiologist based on her experience and knowledge but also on her facility and on the brands of hearing aids she has available For example if the hearing test is not performed correctly nothing else she does really matters So first of all is the test performed in a quiet location Just recently I was in a test location where the noise of a near by bathroom fan could be heard by the patients right inside the test booth and inside their headphones Everyone appeared to have a low frequency hearing loss because they heard the fan and not the test tones Someone fitted with hearing aids based on those test results would say the the hearing aids were too loud at those frequencies Another up front decision is does the audiologist have several brands of hearing aids at her disposal The different brands of hearing aids are not all the same and some of the unique features available may be just the ones you need For example there is a high quality digital hearing aid available that uses a rechargeable battery and it is recharged by just dropping the hearing aid into a charging box every night Another new high tech hearing aid has the ability to shift high frequencies down into lower frequency bands Thus if you have a severe high frequency loss and really can t hear anything in the higher frequencies this hearing aid can move those important high frequency

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