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Start the New Year with a Hearing Screening!

Do you remember an elementary school hearing screening? Donning bulky headphones and raising your right or left hand when you heard a beep in the respective ear? Hearing screenings are important for children, especially as they learn language in school. Designer Audiology previously wrote a blog about them (See The Important of Hearing Screenings for…
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Consumer Checklist for Purchasing a Hearing Aid: Part 3/3

The Hearing Loss Association of America has a checklist for consumers purchasing hearing aids. There are three sections: Testing, Dispensing, and Full Disclosure. In this post, we cover the last section: Full Disclosure. Missed one of the first two? Go back and read Part 1 and Part 2. FULL DISCLOSURE   Did you receive a…
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Consumer Checklist for Purchasing a Hearing Aid: Part 2/3

The Hearing Loss Association of America has a checklist for consumers purchasing hearing aids. There are three sections: Testing, Dispensing, and Full Disclosure. The first of these three blogs was posted last month and addressed the “Testing” category. This post discusses how Designer Audiology addresses the “Dispensing” section DISPENSING   Do you know why a particular…
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Consumer Checklist for Purchasing a Hearing Aid: Part 1/3

The Hearing Loss Association of America has a checklist for consumers purchasing hearing aids. There are three sections: Testing, Dispensing, and Full Disclosure. This post discusses how Designer Audiology addresses the Testing section, and next blog posts will cover Dispensing and Full Disclosure. TESTING   Were you given a hearing screening or full hearing exam? In the…
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October is Maryland Audiology Awareness Month

Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, signed a proclamation declaring October, 2016 as Maryland Audiology Awareness month.  The proclamation was requested by the Maryland Academy of Audiology (MAA) and highlights the fact that people tend to neglect their hearing difficulties as the aging process occurs.  It also highlights the current research of comorbidities related to hearing…
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The Importance of Hearing Screenings for Children

It’s that time of year again: the days are getting shorter, the leaves are just starting to fall, and the kids are back in school. Maryland statue (7-404) and regulations (05.05.07) ensures that school-aged children receive a hearing screening the year the child enters school, in first grade, and when he or she enters eighth…
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Trends in Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries

As mentioned in the previous post about batteries, hearing aids have four main components: microphone, amplifier, speaker/receiver, and a battery. Batteries range in size, from #10 (small) to #675 (large), depending on the size of the hearing aid. A new trend in hearing aids is the option of rechargeable batteries. There are two main advantages for users who…
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Tips for Buying Hearing System Batteries

There are four main components to a hearing system, including personal sound amplifier (PSAP), hearing aid, and cochlear implant: microphone, receiver, amplifier, and battery. Without the battery to power the device, the system would not function. As I explain to patients during a PSAP, hearing aid, or cochlear implant orientation, batteries can be purchased in…
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Telecoil Technology Expands the Power of Hearing Technology

Do you have hearing aids and/or a cochlear implant, but still have trouble hearing and understanding speech in large spaces? A telecoil might help! A telecoil, or t-coil, is a wireless receiver made from a small, copper wire that is wrapped around a core that picks up special broadcasted electromagnetic signals. Telecoils are often placed in hearing devices including personal…
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Should you buy from online hearing aid stores?

You’ve probably noticed that you can buy almost anything on the internet today. You can order toilet paper, groceries, cars… even live ladybugs! Unfortunately, the ease of buying things online sometimes ignores the need for professional service. For example, when was the last time you heard someone shopping for a hip replacement online? When you think…
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