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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 audiometric data provided does not include whether your hearing loss is sensorineural or conductive.  I will presume it's sensorineural (and...

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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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Is it true that some hearing aids are locked? I am considering purchasing hearing aids at Costco, but want to be sure I can have them adjusted elsewhere (in case I move, etc).

Yes.  At Costco, the brand that is has proprietary software is Kirkland, which is made by Resound. Other proprietary brands available elsewhere...

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Is Costco a good place to buy hearing aids?

It depends.  If you can find a Costco with a good provider and you don't mind hearing aids that are mildly de-featured then Costco may be a good...

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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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What are the best hearing aids?

Several factors come into consideration when considering what hearing aids to choose from. It is important to find a knowledgeable and experienced...

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