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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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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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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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How much do 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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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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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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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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Are there any differences between normal Phonak hearing aids and the Phonak hearing aids sold at Costco, in terms of quality and performance?

The Phoank Brio is the line available at Costco. The new Audeo models (Vs) run on a newer/faster computer chip and therefore give better sound...

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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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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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