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The best hearing aids only work if powered by batteries.  For some hearing aid users, however, handling those small, round batteries can be quite challenging.  Poor manual dexterity, neuropathy in fingers, hand tremors, or poor vision can turn a simple task like changing a battery into a frustrating and sometimes, time-consuming process.  And trying to find a runaway battery that

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As more hearing aids are developed with direct-to-iPhone or iPad Bluetooth connectivity, more hearing aid users are realizing the wonderful benefits of hearing aids that also serve as wireless headsets for music and audio-book streaming, as well as Bluetooth headsets for phone conversations.  Amy and Liz are two patients seen in our Houston office this week.  Both could finally carry

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It’s summertime in Houston! Humidity is up, and that means increased chance of moisture buildup in hearing aids.   You may also notice that your ears are sweatier due to hearing aid use. What are the best summertime do’s and don’ts when it comes to hearing aids? DO : Store your hearing aids and hearing aid batteries in a cool,

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Life happens.  Every year, as summertime water activities ramp up, we experience an increase in calls from panicked patients who accidentally jumped into a pool or the ocean while wearing their hearing aids.  As much as electronics and water typically don't go well together, all is not lost if your hearing aids do get a soaking!   5 tips that

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FACTS ABOUT HEARING LOSS Approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss.   More than half of the people with hearing loss are younger than age 65.   Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being—hearing impairment can decrease your quality of life!  Hearing loss is the third most

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Teenage hearing loss in the U.S, is on the rise, with recent studies indicating 1 in 5 teenagers exhibiting at least a slight hearing loss.  This 30% increase in teenage hearing loss since the early 1990's is due in large part to the ever-present earbuds attached to smartphones and portable music players. Teens are more likely to engage in risky

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Hidden Hearing Loss- what is it and how does it impact your life?  More and more people are discovering that although they hear well in quiet or one-on-one situations, they have increased trouble hearing conversation in background noise.  Routine hearing testing may show normal sensitivity to the different test frequencies!  Hidden hearing loss is the term used to describe this

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If you are a  hearing aid user who depends on your hearing aids, a non-working hearing aid can spell trouble.  This is especially true if your hearing aid stops working or does not sound right just before an important family gathering, business meeting, or important doctor appointment where it is critical for you to hear!  Following are some easy, at-home

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One of the first cultural shifts I experienced when I moved to Houston 18 years ago from NYC was the ubiquitous smile and nod when passing strangers in the street, often followed by a cheerful greeting, and sometimes even by an entire conversation. What a refreshing positive social connection the smile and nod can engender! However, when the smile and

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February is American Heart Awareness Month, and The Center for Audiology staff is committing to taking steps to lower our collective risk of heart disease.  This is also a good time to highlight the ongoing research linking hearing and heart health.   The American Journal of Audiology reported that impaired cardiovascular health has a negative effect on both the peripheral

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