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In your experience, do certain hearing aids work better than others? My dad has one in each ear and still can't hear.
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Hearing aid issue
There are two main issues when people lose their hearing 1) trouble hearing and 2) trouble understanding.
People with long term hearing loss often have trouble understanding due to changes in the auditory pathway. If your father has had a long term loss and his understanding is poor then hearing aids may not help right away. Just because things are louder doesn't mean they are understood better.

In brief: Hearing aid issue
There are two main issues when people lose their hearing 1) trouble hearing and 2) trouble understanding.
People with long term hearing loss often have trouble understanding due to changes in the auditory pathway. If your father has had a long term loss and his understanding is poor then hearing aids may not help right away. Just because things are louder doesn't mean they are understood better.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Turn the noise up
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. A person with poor discrimination who is fitted with hearing aids will just hearing garbled sounds louder.. Very annoying. It would be like turning the volume up on a cracked/damaged speaker... Very annoying. Bottom line... See a reputable ENT who has audiology in the practice.

In brief: Turn the noise up
Continued..
. A person with poor discrimination who is fitted with hearing aids will just hearing garbled sounds louder.. Very annoying. It would be like turning the volume up on a cracked/damaged speaker... Very annoying. Bottom line... See a reputable ENT who has audiology in the practice.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes and No
Some hearing aids are actually better than others.
But hearing is complex. Hearing is measured with a pure tone level.. The beep, beep. And it is measured with discrimination.. The ability to actually understand words. A person may be a candidate for a aid based on pure tone loss, but discrimination may be poor <75% - not a good candidate for a hearing aid.

In brief: Yes and No
Some hearing aids are actually better than others.
But hearing is complex. Hearing is measured with a pure tone level.. The beep, beep. And it is measured with discrimination.. The ability to actually understand words. A person may be a candidate for a aid based on pure tone loss, but discrimination may be poor <75% - not a good candidate for a hearing aid.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Joyce Vrabec
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hearing
Get another opinion from a hearing specialist located in and actual ENT office.

In brief: Hearing
Get another opinion from a hearing specialist located in and actual ENT office.
Dr. Joyce Vrabec
Dr. Joyce Vrabec
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