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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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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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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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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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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?

I think everyone has made great points about differences in required training, education, and scope of practice.  Before visiting any hearing care...

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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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