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Real Ear Measures (REM)

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Gus Neoclis

Real ear measurement (REM) is critical when fitting patients with hearing aids because it verifies the gain (volume) provided by the hearing aids based on the pitch and volume of the sound they pick up. Research consistently indicates that without REM being performed, patients will not achieve the level of amplification that is needed to meet their hearing loss prescription. …

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Adjusting to Your Hearing Aids

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Gus Neoclis

The following tips can help you adjust to your new hearing aids and get the most out of every listening experience. Start Wearing Your Hearing Aids Your hearing care professional will advise you on how long each day to wear your hearing aids during the first few weeks. During this time you will become more comfortable wearing the devices as …

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Connect to the World and Rediscover Hearing

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss by Dr. Gus Neoclis

Choosing the right hearing aids is the beginning of the journey to hearing well again. Now that you own new hearing aids, it is time to maximize your listening experiences and rediscover the sounds you have been missing. Although modern hearing aids are a complete communication system, it still takes first-time wearers time to adjust to their new hearing aids. …

What to Expect During a Hearing Evaluation

In Hearing Loss, Hearing Test by Dr. Gus Neoclis

The following provides a general idea of what to expect during a hearing evaluation. HEALTH AND HEARING HISTORY Your hearing care professional will collect information about your hearing and medical history. OTOSCOPIC EXAMINATION Your hearing care professional will examine your ears for inflammation, earwax, infection or any abnormalities. IMMITTANCE MEASUREMENTS The next step of the hearing evaluation may be to …

Preparing for Your Hearing Evaluation

In Hearing Test by Dr. Gus Neoclis

For most of your life, hearing has been effortless. You listened without thinking, conversed with ease and woke from sleep to subtle noises. Lately, things have changed. You are now asking people to repeat themselves. You realize the TV is too loud for everyone but you. Do you still wake up to the smell of coffee, but no longer hear …

Selecting a Hearing Aid

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Gus Neoclis

Treating hearing loss is important, and can improve your quality of life, earnings, relationships, self-confidence and happiness. If you are considering purchasing hearing aids, you will find there are many options, brands and styles to consider. It can be easy for a first time hearing aid buyer to feel overwhelmed, but purchasing hearing aids is a personal decision and there …

What Are the Best Hearing Aids? (Updated for 2017)

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Gus Neoclis

Last November I wrote a blog about ‘What are the best hearing aids?’ where I talked about the ‘Big Six’ hearing aid manufacturers. Well, it has come to my attention that Unitron (like Phonak, it is also owned by the Sonova Group), has market shares that are on par with Widex (another major hearing aid manufacturer). For this reason I …

How Many People Have Hearing Loss?

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Gus Neoclis

The short answer is, about 20% of Americans (approximately 48 million), report some degree of hearing loss. At around age 65, one in three people have a hearing loss. About 2 to 3 out of every 1000 children are born with a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears. Almost 15% percent of school aged children (ages 6-19), have …

When Traveling With Hearing Aids

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Gus Neoclis

It is important to be well prepared when getting ready to travel as a hearing aid user. You should always assume that wherever you are going you will not have the necessary supplies needed to continue hearing aid use. The following are some helpful tips for traveling hearing aid users: Be sure to travel with an ample supply of batteries …

Wireless Hearing Aids

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Gus Neoclis

There are many benefits to wireless technology. In this modern high tech world, we have become accustomed to mobile phones, tablets, laptops, as well as other wireless devices to keep us connected to our friends and loved ones, and hearing aids are no exception. Some of the benefits of wireless hearing aids include Better Sound Quality Wireless technology allows two …