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Taking Care of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are small, electronic devices that operate in conditions that are both warm and damp (your ear). Conditions that most electronics don't like. After making a large investment in being able to hear better, it makes a lot of sense for you to keep them in the best shape possible by cleaning and maintaining them at home.

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Hearing Aids and Ear Wax, The Causes & The Problems

Hearing aids and ear wax buildups go hand in hand, like jelly and ice cream, but not nearly as nice. But why? What causes the ear wax build-up and why is it so much of a problem? Let's talk about hearing aids and ear wax, but first, let's talk about the natural process of ear cleaning.

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Why Do Hearing Aids Whistle? Let's Talk Feedback

So you probably recognise the situation, you are sitting there minding your own business and then someone turns to you and says your hearing aid is whistling. The shock and horror sets in. Or, you lean in to hug someone you love and suddenly there is an ear-splitting squeal.

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Dealing with wind noise when wearing hearing aids

It was about 2003, I was working in Oxford city centre and was walking into town at lunch with a friend. On the way back to the office I was talking away about something or other and, whilst still talking, I turned to my friend and saw he had a really weird look on his face, kind of half embarrassment and half WTF, so I carried on talking anyway. As we walked on I noticed a few other people turning to look at us. I wasn't sure what was going on but it was strange.

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If your hearing aid gets wet, The Seven Steps To Saving It

If your hearing aid gets wet DON’T PANIC! Electronics and water are two things that generally don’t go well together but all is not lost if your aid does get a soaking. I’ve had several that have been waterlogged and have managed to get them working fully again.

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Turn it off and on again – a quick fix for hearing aid problems

If you’ve ever phoned a computer support helpline or asked your company’s I.T. support team for help then you’ve probably heard these immortal words: “Have you tried turning it off and then on again?”. It’s become a bit of a joke but it actually works and solves many computer problems, the same rule applies to hearing aids.

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Helping You Hear Better in Noise

One of the biggest complaints that people with hearing loss have is that they can't hear well in noisy situations. The reason is simple, generally, most people with hearing loss can hear low-frequency sound well while their main issue is in the high frequencies. Noise is nearly all low-frequency sound, so they can hear that very well, the important parts of speech are high-frequency and they don't hear them well at all.

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The Real World Benefits of Direct Streaming to Hearing Aids

Everyone knows hearing aids help people with hearing loss better understand the world around them. But that’s only part of the story. Today’s advanced hearing aids do so much more, giving hearing aid wearers new ways to hear the sounds most important to them. As hearing aid technology advances, features that seemed like a pipe dream just a few years ago have become reality.

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How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?

I am often asked this question both in the clinic and via hearing aid know. Many have read somewhere or have been told that hearing aids need to be replaced every five years. That isn't quite true, your hearing aids could keep doing their thing for ten years or more. However, there is always a, however, there is some validity to the five-year statement. So which is it, every five years or when they fall over?

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Do Hearing Aids Cause Itchy Ears?

I have seen a few people with dry itchy ears lately, sometimes life can be like that. It's like buses, you don't see one for ages and then the next thing you are falling over them. The question arises consistently, are my hearing aids making my ears itchy?

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Three new year resolutions for all hearing aids wearers

It's the 11th January, which means if you are anything like me you've probably given up on your New Year's resolutions about nine days ago. Even so, here's a few New Year's resolutions for hearing aid wearers to help you get the most from your hearing and hearing aids in 2017.

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