Ellen Nathan, MA - Hearing Healthcare Provider in Glendale
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Ellen Nathan, MA

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Glendale

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Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner

Expert Answers

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What is sensorineural hearing loss?

There are Four types of hearing loss.  Sensorineural hearing loss means that there is nerve damage in the cochlea. This is where the hair cells slowly die off, and can no... Read more

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I have had ringing in my right ear for about 2 weeks. My ear feels plugged up with partial hearin...

You should see an ENT immediately!  Sudden hearing loss is often due to a virus in the cochela.  It could be anything, but you MUST see an ENT IMMEDIATELY!  On the lighter... Read more

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Why doesn't the hearing aid push button change the sound when I press it?

It could be several reasons.  1. The button is malfunctioning2. Depending on how the button is set in the fitting software, it could be set for Volume, or Programs.  Programs... Read more

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What can cause a hearing aid, such as the Phonak Virto v90, to raise and lower volume randomly wh...

Phonak has an automated system for managing noise.  It sounds like the hearing aid is picking up the sounds from the television and mistaking it for noise...  the noise memory... Read more

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I get a lot of moisture in my ears from my hearing aids and I get a bad smell and have to use ear...

A cholesteatoma causes a chronic but scanty offensive smelling ear discharge. In the early stages, the condition is often painless and apart from the discharge, only an... Read more

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I have a 60% hearing loss in my left ear and no hearing in my right ear. What kind of hearing ai...

You will need a Bicross hearing aid.  There are 4 manufacturers that make them, Phonak, Widex, Starkey, Siemens.  If you have a more signifigant loss in the better ear, be sure... Read more

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Is it true that some hearing aids are locked? I am considering purchasing hearing aids at Costco,...

YES!  They cannot be programmed outside Costco.  The Phonak aids were originally unlocked, but I tried programming a patient's aid last week, and my software wouldn't detect... Read more

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Does Oticon Opn allow me to stream calls directly from an iPhone like the Linx or Halo aid?

Yes it does.  The app is just OK, it doesn't give you the level of control that the Halo2 and Linx2 does.  The OPN only comes in one level of technology now, which is top of... Read more

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What types of hearing aids does the VA offer?

Typically they give you top of the line!  If you want a specific brand or type you have to ask for it.  Otherwise, they will dispense what the Audiologist is comfortable with...

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I am looking for a BiCros hearing aid. Currently on trial with Audibel A4i Platinum and trying ...

Audibel is Starkey, and it is a great aid.  The other great one is Widex, but I believe that the Starkey sound is better (I currently own a hearing aid business and I wear them... Read more

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What is the quality of Blamey Saunders hearing aids?

It appears that it is a small company.  I only fit the major manufacturers because they can be fit anywhere in the world.  Just keep in mind that if you purchase an off brand... Read more

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What is ReSound Cala?

It appears to be a future release of a Resound Hearing Aid.  Currently there is no model with this name

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Does Starkey plan to market a TV streamer for Halo 2

Nothing at this time, however you can use the Tunity App in the Appstore for the same thing.

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Does the Resound LiNX2 have a hands-free capability of talking on iPhone without bringing the iPh...

Only if you use the Bluetooth Clip.  They use the microphone in the cellular phone, so you need to have the phone somewhere near your mouth when you talk.  I have a pair of... Read more

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What hearing aids are easiest to use for an elderly person?

The type of hearing aid depends on dexterity of fingers, and type of hearing loss.  From my experience, custom aids are usually easiest for patients to use.  With custom aids,... Read more

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Which hearing aids can stream music from an android phone?

They all can, but you will need another device to act as an intermediary.  Starkey, Unitron, and Resound have a phone clip, Phonak, Oticon, Siemens, and most other... Read more

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Which company makes the best rechargeable hearing aids?

You have a few options when it comes to rechargeables...Siemens has a hearing aid that uses rechargeable batteries and regular batteries.  The battery lasts about a year, but... Read more

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What are the best hearing aids for musicians?

The short answer is none... nothing will reproduce the sound that is pure other than a music monitor which has the dynamic range of the normal ear.  That said, I would advise... Read more

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I have mild to moderate hearing loss and tinnitus, and want a rechargeable hearing aid. What woul...

Siemens, Phonak, Hansaton (exactly the same as Phonak but cheaper), Unitron, and now StarkeyAll of these are great.  Remember the higher end you go the better the noise... Read more

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What analog hearing aids are currently available? I have severe hearing loss and digital aids are...

There are a few manufacturers of analog aids, you can get them from Prairie Labs, both refurbished and new. 

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What are the differences between the Resound Linx2 9 and Costco Cala 8?

Costco hearing aids are special, and have several features missing.  They are also older circuits than the ones sold through clinics.  For example, the tinnitus function is... Read more

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How long do rechargeable hearing aid batteries last? Do they need to be replaced frequently?

There are a few answers to this question:Standard Rechargeable batteries (Power One Brand) last 8-12 months, and hold a charge for about 12-14 hoursNew rechargeables like the... Read more

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I have severe to profound loss. Hearing aid companies are boasting about advances in feedback can...

The short answer is no.  For profound loss, you really need that receiver to stay still in the ear to avoid feedback, angling toward the wall of the canal, etc.  I have not had... Read more

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Can I purchase an extended warranty for my hearing aids (beyond my 3 year warranty)? Is it worth it?

It depends on the Manufacurer, most require you to get extended warranties at time of purchase.  I do know that you can get an extended warranty at/near the end of your... Read more

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How important is having my hearing aids fit in person versus buying over the internet?

I get questions like this all the time.  Yes you can buy online, but odds of the settings/programming being perfect for you are extremely low.1. Feedback processor, you need a... Read more

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I have sloping hearing loss that is moderate to severe at high frequencies. I am 47, male. My low...

It really depends on your ear canals...  I have had mixed success with sloping loss and IIC's.  My suggestion would be to try Starkey's IIC's out and see if it works for... Read more

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I live in a Senior Home. Noise in dining room makes hearing impossible. I have tried Oticon Alta ...

Hearing in a noisy reverberant room is exceptionally hard, however I have had success with MiFi  (Made for iPhone) type hearing aids such as Widex Beyond, Starkey HaloIQ, and... Read more

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I have Rexton BTE aids that are about 5 years old. The original provider left town and the folks ...

That is an out and out LIE!!!  Rexton software is readily available for download from their site, or they will happily send it to the vendor.  Legacy software doesn't... Read more

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Are hearing aids waterproof?

There is no such thing as a waterproof hearing aid.  This is largely due to the way the batteries are manufactured, (they need air, but to be waterproof the compartment has to... Read more

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My first set of hearing aids were Resound. When I lost one, I was told I needed two brand new Res...

It is important to have the same circuit for both sides.  If your old aid cannot be reordered or replaced then you will need two new aids (even if the same manufacturer)  The... Read more

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Can the radiation from wireless hearing aids cause brain damage?

Hearing aids do not emit radiation.

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My hearing aids are apparently "obsolete". Are there any aftermarket hearing aid repair shops?

The short answer is yes.  I use one of two, Prairie Labs or Starkey All Make Repair.  With these options I can repair just about anything or any aid.   I have even repaired 20... Read more

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When will direct audio streaming from Android be available for the LiNX Quattro hearing aids?

Since Android doesn't have a uniform operating system, and each brand of phone has its own capabilities, streaming to all Android phones is nearly impossible.  Unitron has a... Read more

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Are online hearing tests accurate? I am thinking about buying online and not sure whether I can t...

The short answer is no.  Online tests are inaccurate and are useless for programming of hearing aids.  To properly perform an audiogram, you need calibrated equipment.  An... Read more

Find Ellen

Hearing Aid Station
1415 E Colorado Street, Suite 201
Los Angeles
Glendale, California 91205
United States of America

Services Provided

Adult Hearing Evaluations

Adult Hearing Aid Fittings

Musician's Earplugs

Unbundled Hearing Aid Pricing

Hearing Aid Repairs