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Which in-the-ear hearing aids are best for moderate-to-profound hearing loss? I'm a 45 year-old long-time HA user who must hear well in board meetings and on the phone. Price is not an issue.

The hearing aid manufacturer is not nearly as important as the professional you choose. Of the many brands of hearing devices available, many can...

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What are real ear measurements? Is it worth spending an extra $1000 for?

Real ear measurement is important because it verifies the gain provided by the hearing aids (how much volume they add) based on the pitch and...

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What types of hearing aids does the VA offer?

The Veteran’s Administration has contracts in place with six major hearing aid manufacturers - GN ReSound, Oticon, Phonak, Siemens (Signia),...

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I have profound hearing loss both ears. I wear Beltone Boost Plus 1795. Is there a better brand for one-on-one conversation? Any other suggestions for better speech understanding?

There are not a lot of differences between hearing aids when it comes to understanding speech better in a one-on-one situation.  Particularly in a...

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How do hearing aids help tinnitus?

First and foremost it's important that you work with an audiologist to have a comprehensive hearing evaluation performed if you are experiencing...

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Is it possible to upgrade my current hearing aid without purchasing a new device? I wear Phonak.

Currently, the only company offering technology that can be upgraded is Unitron, a sister company to Phonak (both are owned by Sonova) which has...

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Are some telecoils better than others? The telecoil mode on my new Starkey Muse hearing aids isn't working as well as my previous hearing aids.

To benefit from a telecoil in a hearing loop it needs to be a vertically oriented as worn on the ear – something that can be handled for use on...

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Is the Oticon Opn hearing aid available with a telecoil option?

Oticon just announced two new upcoming (June 2017) form factors with telecoil support: miniRITE-T and BTE13 PP. Here's a breakdown of what to...

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How much do professionally-fitted hearing aids cost?

This is a common question with a very complex answer. Depends if you're paying just for hearing aids or if you're also paying for your care....

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What's the difference between an audiologist and a hearing instrument specialist?

The primary differences between an audiologist and a hearing instrument specialist (or "dispensers") is their level of training and scope of...

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