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Hearing loss is a gradual process and many people don’t realize the extent to which their hearing has deteriorated until others point it out. Often, changes in their activities reflect their diminished ability to hear (such as turning up the volume on the TV or asking people to speak louder). As hearing worsens, people tend [...]

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Yes! Putting off the inevitable can cause further damage. As your hearing declines, nerve atrophy and brain reorganization also occur. As the saying goes, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” Just like muscles, the hearing part of the brain will forget its function if it doesn’t receive constant input. That’s why it is [...]

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Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, is more common than you might think. It may be a sign of hearing loss or fluid buildup, a side effect from medication, or a result of loud noise exposure. Although it is usually nothing to worry about, tinnitus sometimes points to a more serious problem. It is a [...]

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Hearing aids will help enhance what hearing you do have, but will not cure hearing loss. Hearing aids can make sounds audible based on your specific hearing loss. Your brain is responsible for making sense of the sounds. It is not realistic to expect the hearing aids to restore speech understanding as soon as you put them in your [...]

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What about buying hearing aids online? Online hearing aid sales have been growing in popularity despite the fact that 48 states outlaw online sales of hearing aids. This does not prevent consumers from purchasing aids from the 2 states that do allow it.  However, it is risky to buy such a specialized device without any [...]

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Have you grabbed your copy of the August Wacoan? In her Expert Advice segment, Lauren Butler, AuD, CCC-A answers the common question “Is it necessary to wear two hearing aids?” For answers to other questions, check out our Ask the Expert section.

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Your hearing aids should be fit by an audiologist, a person who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing and treating people with hearing loss and balance disorders. The audiologist will make sure your hearing aids are properly adjusted for your hearing loss and are not too loud or too soft. Once you have the right fit, you [...]

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Be sure to pick up your copy of the June Wacoan for the Expert Advice. Lauren gives tips on how to protect yourself from loud noises and long-term damage to your hearing health. See our “Ask the Expert” section for answers to other questions.

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