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Myth Busther: Hearing Loss Isn’t Measured In Percentages

There are more myths surrounding hearing loss and hearing aids than most professionals can even keep track of. If you aren't careful where you get your information, you could end up confused or even causing more damage to your hearing. That's why it's important to find a hearing professional you trust. In the meantime, here is one common hearing loss myth we want to set the record straight about. Myth: It’s accurate to describe your hearing loss in a percentage. Maybe you have heard a friend say something like this: "My doctor told me I have a 30% hearing loss in my [...]

Recognize Common Signs Of Hearing Loss

It seems like your significant other or close friend just isn’t behaving normally. They are withdrawing. They don’t seem to be interested in conversation. They just don’t seem to want to take part in activities that used to interest them.  They often don’t respond appropriately to questions or while engaging in conversation.  For awhile you have suspected they have a hearing loss, but you just aren’t sure what to do. It isn’t abnormal for someone with a hearing loss to isolate themselves.  The best way to show you care is to accompany them to a professional hearing consultation, where a [...]

Better Hearing Institute Warns Consumers On Do-It-Yourself Hearing Care

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is warning consumers of the inherent risks associated with purchasing over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all hearing aids instead of consulting a hearing healthcare professional. Hearing loss is sometimes the symptom of a serious underlying medical problem. All 50 states require that consumers use a credentialed hearing care professional to purchase hearing aids. BHI also points out that hearing devices that are purchased over-the-counter or Internet without the consultation of a hearing healthcare professional may result in the devices not being accurately customized to the specific hearing needs of the individual. "Today’s state-of-the-art hearing aids should be programmed to [...]

Free Amplified Phones Available To Texans With Hearing Loss

Did you know there is a program in Texas that provides specialized amplified phones – for free – to Texans who have a hearing loss?  It’s called the Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program, or STAP.  The program is part of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. A paragraph from their website explains what it is: “The Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) is a statewide program that provides financial assistance for the purchase of specialized assistive equipment or services for Texans having a disability that interferes with their ability to access the telephone network.” Here is what it means:  If you are [...]

TSA Offers Advice For Flyers With Hearing Aids

The check list of things to do when flying seems to be constantly changing. Travelers are often warned about what they can or can’t bring in their checked luggage. Most travelers also know you may pass through an X-ray, metal detector or be manually checked by airport security officials. The process, at times, seems daunting, especially if you have trouble hearing. The Transportation Security Administration travel guidelines assure travelers that bringing your hearing aids shouldn’t be a problem. Here is the most up-to-date information regarding hearing aids from TSA. You can find more information at, www.tsa.gov. It is not necessary [...]

State Benefit Helps Texans Get Free Amplified Phones

Texans listen up: if you have a hearing loss, free help is available. First, if you do have a certain level of hearing loss, we can help you get a free  amplified  telephone through the state’s STAP (Special Telecommunications  Assistance Program) so you don’t have to strain to hear  those important conversations. STAP is part of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and is funded by taxes assessed on people’s telephone service. A portion of these taxes is used to fund the STAP program and pays for the amplified telephones. The program pays for one telephone per household every [...]

Panasonic Releases Unique New Hearing Aid

Do you have a hearing loss, but aren’t ready to wear hearing aids all the time to improve your hearing in both ears? Panasonic has released a new product that may be just right for you.  Panasonic’s JZ is a new type of hearing aid that is stylish, comfortable and easy to use. Designed to look like a small music player, it allows you to hear better from both ears using only one device. It’s like getting two hearing aids for the price of one. Panasonic’s JZ will help you hear the sounds from your everyday life, including your friends [...]

The Audiologists of Hearing Aid Express

In Texas, there are three groups of people who are legally allowed to dispense hearing aids: Audiologists, Licensed Dispensers and Medical Doctors. While all Licensed Dispensers (including Board Certified Dispensers) fit hearing aids, not all Audiologists do. Some of them practice audiology in other ways, such as aural rehabilitation, balance treatments or screening newborn children. Audiologists and Doctors of Audiology have to be licensed in Texas to dispense hearing aids. In addition to their schooling they also take continuing education classes to help keep their skills fresh. Audiology has traditionally been a Master’s Degree program. In the past few years [...]

Even Celebrities Lose Their Hearing

United States presidents, famous actors and actresses, Miss America and athletes have all suffered from hearing loss. It isn’t a condition that many of us plan for. In many instances it happens gradually and over time. You may wake up one day and realize that your hearing just isn’t as good as it used to be. It happens to millions of Americans, more than 35 million to be exact. That number happens to include, former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan; actors Sally Fields, Burt Reynolds and Robin Wright. It is also a condition that has impacted the lives of [...]

2 Hearing Aids Are Often Better Than 1

Imagine this scenario:  you’ve just finished getting an eye exam. As you suspect your doctor tells you that you will need a pair of contacts or eyeglasses to correct your vision. You know you need to see well, and you realize your ability to see impacts nearly everything: your freedom, your safety and your day-to-day living. “Can I get just one contact lens,” you blurt out to your physician, wondering if it would just be less expensive. After all, you reason, isn’t one corrected lens good enough? As absurd as this question is it’s the same scenario that is playing [...]