If I am home alone, why should I bother using my hearing aids?

September 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

Full-time use provides your brain with consistent sound, which will contribute to your understanding of speech in a variety of listening situations.

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Do my hearing aids need special care during the summer months?

August 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

We recommend a professional cleaning in our office every 6-12 months. If you have any questions about hearing aid care, call us.

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I enjoy watching television with closed captioning. Is there anything like that for the telephone?

July 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

New technology offers options for better results on the telephone. A captioned telephone can be substituted for your landline phone.  Even if you don’t have a landline phone, if you have high speed internet access, you may use a special amplified phone called Caption Call. The Caption Call phone prints the words on a display screen, […]

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Are two hearing aids better than one?

June 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

You should discuss your hearing needs with your audiologist, to determine your best treatment plan. Generally, an individual with hearing loss in both ears will get the most benefit from using devices in both ears. Our brains depend on signals from both ears to tell the direction from which sound is coming, to understand in […]

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I use hands-free Bluetooth technology in my car to talk on the cell phone. Is that technology available in hearing aids?

May 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

Bluetooth connectivity to hearing aids has been available for several years, but you needed a body-worn device called a Streamer to relay the sound from a cell phone or other audio device to the hearing aids. Now, hearing instruments have built-in wireless Bluetooth technology, so you may stream sound from your mobile phone or other […]

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Does health insurance cover hearing aids?

April 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

Some health insurance plans reimburse for all or a portion of the cost of medically-necessary hearing aids and services, with certain restrictions. Medicare does not cover any costs related to hearing aids. Some MassHealth plans pay for the devices, batteries and related professional services. You should call the telephone number on the back of your […]

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My dog ate my hearing aid. What should I do?

March 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

Unfortunately, dogs love to eat hearing aids! If, despite your efforts to keep your devices stored securely, your dog got a hold of one, collect all the pieces and notify your audiologist… and your veterinarian! Hearing aid manufacturers are sometimes able to repair devices that appear to be totally destroyed. If the aid is damaged […]

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When I open the battery door on my hearing aid and the battery is exposed but not removed from the aid, is it still draining power from the battery?

February 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

You are wise to open the battery door on your hearing aids when the aids are not in use.  This will extend the life of the battery. However, the battery will, in fact, continue to drain, even when the hearing aid is not in your ear. The battery begins to discharge as soon as the […]

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How do I know if my hearing is “bad enough” to do something?

January 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

If you, or someone in your life, suspects you might have a hearing loss, it’s a good idea to have a hearing evaluation. Hearing loss often comes on gradually over several years, so the only way to know for sure is to measure your hearing. If it turns out that your hearing is within normal […]

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What is the best type of hearing aid?

December 1, 2016 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

Today’s hearing instruments are sophisticated miniature computers that are available in a variety of styles and levels of technology. The shape and size that are best for you depend on many factors, including: your hearing profile, typical listening situations, manual dexterity, visual acuity, shape and size of your ears (which is unique to you), personal […]

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