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Ellen Nathan, MA

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Glendale

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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 Resuond 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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