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The Buzz on Tinnitus

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Remember your first big concert experience? I do. It was September of the year 2000 and I was in my senior year of high school. The concert itself was amazing and I remember it well. But I remember just as well the overwhelming ringing in my ears that didn’t go away for at least a day. I’ve seen war movies …

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The Big Six of Hearing Aid Manufacturers

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Who are the major hearing aid companies? There are six major holding companies, with sub companies operating under a host of different names. (Some might argue that there are seven, but with pending deals and mergers on the horizon, we’ll stick with six.) Hearing aids have evolved into small devices with very little obvious branding, therefore the brands are mostly …

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Thank You

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Redding hasn’t finished going through the most devastating and traumatic episode I’ve personally witnessed since my family moved here in 1990. Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes while the Carr fire raced through local communities, including French Gulch, Old Shasta, Keswick and then the west side of Redding. Despite losing over a thousand homes and at least six lives, …

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Eat AND Hear Through the Restaurant Noise

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The scene might be perfect. It’s the end of a long week. I’ve sat down at the bar with my wife and the drinks have been poured. We sip and take in the surroundings. Perfect mood lighting, carefully chosen paint colors to promote feelings of comfort and hunger, and I lean over to comment on the menu, “How do some …

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Does My Insurance Cover Hearing Aids?

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Knowing what your insurance will or will not cover helps you determine your overall budget, which in turn helps our Licensed Hearing Aid Dispensers choose the best product to fit your specific hearing loss. Though every policy and client present a unique set of circumstances, the following may help establish whether or not your policy includes hearing aid benefits. Unfortunately, …

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The Value of Hearing Tests

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Hearing Screenings A hearing screening is a five minute test used to quickly identify potential hearing loss.  A few tones are presented at a level consistent with normal hearing in both ears. If any tones are not heard, that is an indicator that there may be hearing loss at one or more frequencies and a full hearing evaluation should be …

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Hearing Aids and Your TV

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Televisions are becoming bigger, cheaper, and offer more ways to watch a variety of programming. Hearing aid users now have more options to get the most out of their dazzling new flat screens than ever before. That’s a good thing, because the speakers, though serviceable, are not what they used to be due to the nature of televisions becoming so …

More About Closed Captioning

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How you turn on your closed captioning depends on the platform you’re using. If you want to use it for free network television from an antennae, the CC can be turned on directly from your television’s menu. The same goes for a DVD or Blu-ray player. If you’re using a streaming platform such as Netflix, the CC can be turned …

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All About Batteries

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Sizes – Batteries will come in four different sizes. For easy identification the sizes are color coded under the same industry standard regardless of brand. From smallest to largest, the sizes are 10 (yellow), 312 (brown), 13 (orange), and 675 (blue). Life span and storage – A battery’s size and a hearing aid’s programming all factor into a battery’s lifespan. …

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A Toddler, a Lake, and an Oticon OPN

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Redding’s top-of-the-valley weather tends to turn on a dime. One day, I’m taking cover from the spring rain in an overcoat and the next day I’m standing under a garden hose like I’m shooting a redneck shampoo commercial. With the blistering heat always comes the attempt to subdue it with a trip to one of our beautiful lakes. Redding residents …