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Austin PoulsenFilters

One of the most important actions you can take in maintaining a high-quality hearing aid is changing the filter. The filter (commonly referred to as the wax-guard) is a simple tool that makes a big difference in the integrity of the speaker. If the speaker gets plugged up with ear wax, no sound will come out of the hearing aid at all! Obviously, that is a problem that we want to avoid.

Fortunately, there is a cheap, easy way to change the filter on a regular basis. Here at Christensen Audiology, we sell packs of filters for $2 or $10, depending on how many you may need. If you need us to help you change the filter, we are more than happy to do it for you!

In the event that you are unable to come in, however, we have an instruction video available in the ‘Videos’ portion of our website.

Good luck! And have a good day!

4/20/2017

    Dr. Wanda JohnsonQuick Fix for Tinnitus?

    "The ringing in my ears is driving me crazy" This, or a similar comment, is made almost every time I consult with a new patient discussing hearing loss. Often, the individual will be more bothered by tinnitus than they are by hearing loss.

    Tinnitus and hearing loss go hand-in-hand. The ringing in your ears is a by-product of the damage that noise or age has caused to the inner part of your ear, the cochlea. The little nerve endings are damaged, when hearing loss occurs, and a false sound (tinnitus) is sent to the brain by the damaged portions of the ear.

    Unfortunately, there is no 'quick fix' for tinnitus. Often, companies will advertise drops, vitamins, or supplements that are supposed to reduce tinnitus. However, there is no FDA-proven way to reduce or 'fix' tinnitus. In fact, the only proven and well-researched way to manage tinnitus is through well-fit amplification: hearing aids!

    Hearing aids deliver to the brain the external sounds that the brain is missing due to hearing loss. This, in turn, masks out the tinnitus. So, not only do hearing aids enhance communication, they also minimize the negative impact of tinnitus! In short, hearing aids bring back the wonder of hearing and reduce the frustration and annoyance that tinnitus causes.

    4/20/2017