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Why is it difficult to understand words with hearing aids?

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Alicia D.D. Spoor, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Highland

21 October 2016 - 5463 Views

Hearing loss is categorized into three types: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed.  A conductive hearing loss means there is an issue in the middle ear space (ear drum and middle ear bones) causing the hearing loss; a sensorineural hearing loss means there is an issue in the inner ear and/or beyond, and a mixed hearing loss is a combination of a conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.  The type of hearing loss can be tested during a hearing evaluation using air- and bone-conduction measures.  When there is a sensorineural hearing loss, people... Read more

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?

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Clifford Olson, AuD

Audiologist in Anthem

05 May 2017 - 709 Views

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 quiet situation.  In-order-to answer this question properly, 3 pieces of information need to be identified.1.       What is your Word Recognition Score?          Your Word Recognition Score is a percentage of correct words that you get when you are tested at an audible level.  If you have a low percentage correct score, then you will likely receive similar results from even the most expensive hearing aid... Read more

I live in a Senior Home. Noise in dining room makes hearing impossible. I have tried Oticon Alta 2 Pro and Costco Rexton RIC. I need help with phone and TV too. What do you suggest?

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Matthew Pearson

Hearing Aid Audiologist in London

12 October 2017 - 376 Views

This, unfortunately, is a common complaint I hear from a lot of patients. Part of the issue is that there are normally a lot of people talking in this kind of environment & although we talk about noise, noise is often other speech. Also, the environment can be echoey & reverberant so the aid effectively amplifies the sound twice. Finally, as people get older their brain's processing ability diminishes meaning if a younger person had the same aid as you & on paper the same hearing ability they will often hear a lot better.As was stated... Read more

I can hear with my hearing aids but sometimes I have trouble understanding what people are saying. Why?


Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko, AuD

Audiologist in Newport News

15 September 2017 - 242 Views

Have you noticed if there is a pattern to the situations in which you have trouble understanding what people are saying?Hearing aids are an excellent solution to help with hearing loss, but they are not a cure. There are many factors that can contribute to speech understanding, including but not limited to the following:Type, configuration, and severity of hearing lossEnvironmental challengesCognitive functionProgramming of hearing aidsOften, people have to use effective communication strategies in combination with their hearing aids. Try... Read more

Does the Phonak Brio address speech intelligibility?