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One of the most exciting advancements in hearing aids is connectivity. Most hearing aids now come with built in Bluetooth capabilities and are compatible with most iPhone and Android phones. Hearing aids used to limit the wearer’s access to audio devices like cell phones and music players. Previously, to listen to music while jogging, you needed to remove your hearing

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The ear canal has glands that produce a waxy oil called cerumen. Earwax traps dust, dirt and dried shampoo, and can stop bad bacteria from growing in the ear. Earwax looks different for different people. It can be wet or dry, sticky or flaky. For most people who produce a regular amount of earwax, the ears can easily remove the

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The best way to determine if you have a hearing loss is to visit a licensed audiologist for a hearing test. The audiologist at Alexandria Hearing Centers will determine the type and severity of hearing loss you have along with identify appropriate treatment options and recommendations, or referrals to other professionals.  What Tests Will Be Done?  Our doctors of audiology

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Real-ear measures (REM), also called speech mapping, are a gold-standard in hearing aid fitting. This test is a verification method that is used to ensure that your hearing aids are programmed for your individual needs.  During real-ear testing, a small microphone is placed in the ear canal along with the hearing device. The microphone tells the audiologist a precise measurement

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How long do hearing aid batteries typically last?  A standard hearing aid battery lasts anywhere from 5-6 days.  It depends on the battery type and capacity, and the amount of hearing aid use.  Open your battery doors at night to keep the battery lasting longer    When should I change batteries?  If sounds become distorted or you have to turn

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Possible treatments for tinnitus: Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present.  Tinnitus can be described as ringing, buzzing, hissing, humming, swooshing or clicking. Some potential treatment options are listed below: Removing impacted earwax Treating underlying vascular conditions with medication or surgery. Changing your medication A white noise machine or masking devices that produce a

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Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is common inner ear disorder in which changes in the position of the head lead to sudden vertigo – a feeling that the room is spinning. The vertigo sensation can range from mild to severe and usually lasts only seconds to a few minutes. It may be accompanied by other symptoms, including lightheadedness, nausea, and

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A sudden sensorineural (“inner ear”) hearing loss can occur without warning, and result in partial or complete hearing loss. It frequently affects only one ear. Approximately 20 of every 100,000 individuals will experience a sudden hearing loss. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and vertigo (dizziness) often occur with the sudden hearing loss. To diagnose sudden sensorineural hearing loss, we must

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A hearing loss in one ear can lead to increased difficulty in background noise, trouble locating where sounds are coming from, and the inability to perceive sounds on the side with hearing loss. Mild hearing loss can typically be amplified with traditional hearing aids; however, a new system has been created to help individuals with more severe single sided hearing

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