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Q: Other than wearing a hearing aid, is there medication or training procedures that can help treat my hearing problems?
A: It depends on your type of hearing loss. There are essentially three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. Oftentimes conductive or mixed hearing loss is medically treatable. The majority of the hearing impaired population suffers from sensorineural hearing loss, which is best treated with hearing aids. The Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE) program is an auditory program that is frequently recommended in addition to amplification. LACE will help develop skills and strategies to deal with difficult listening situations. When speech is audible with hearing aids, but background noise interferes, auditory rehabilitation is helpful. There is now even an iPhone hearing aid app that can stream a phone conversation directly into hearing aids. Streaming a phone conversation directly into hearing aids often improves clarity over the phone because of binaural hearing (hearing with both ears). The app can adjust volume and even locate hearing aids.