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Selective Hearing
August 1, 2018

Often at our clinic we have people who call to book appointments for their partner or spouse, usually accusing them of selective listening. Of course, we’ve all heard the phrase. The conversation typically goes something like this: “he sits in front of the TV and hears it just fine but he doesn’t hear me when I talk to him”. Many, many people throughout history have been accused of not listening to their spouses. I would like to take a minute to explain what is likely happening.

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Living with a person with Hearing Loss
July 1, 2018

As the family member of someone with hearing loss, I think it’s easy to forget what life is like for them. You may get frustrated when they ask you to repeat things, or when trying to get their attention from another room, or trying to communicate in a noisy environment. Here are some things that I have learned over the years that have helped to make communication with my husband a lot easier for everyone:

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How to communicate with someone who has hearing loss.
February 1, 2018

As frustrating as it can be for a hard of hearing person to communicate with their loved ones and friends, it can be equally frustrating for others to communicate with them. Communication is a two-way street and both sides must work together to facilitate a healthy conversation. Thankfully, there are things that can be done on both sides to aid in the dialog. The most important aspect is to be aware of what the person with hearing loss experiences.

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How does a hearing aid work?
January 1, 2018

I’m sure you know what a hearing aid is and what it is for, but how does it work and what are the differences between different models? There are four basic components to a hearing aid. The first is a microphone which picks up the incoming sound. Next you have the amplifier which takes the audio signal and increases the strength of it. The third component is the speaker, referred to as the receiver which takes the amplified signal and converts it into sound waves and lastly, we have the battery which provides power to the unit. Let’s look at the amplifier a little closer.

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November 2017 Q&A
November 6, 2017

Sylvia: I hear that hearing aid batteries cost a fortune. Is that true?

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How loud is too loud?
November 1, 2017

It can be really tough to know when you need to be protecting your hearing or not. Of course, there are the obvious places such as a car race or front row at a rock concert but there are many other situations we normally don’t think of. Recently, my family and I went out for breakfast to a small local establishment and the noise levels that I measured were enough to put our ears at risk because of an unexpected sports fan club that was meeting for an early morning soccer match. How do you know when loud becomes too loud?

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October 2017 Q&A
October 12, 2017

Bruce: I’m not having any trouble with my hearing, is there any point in having a hearing test?

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Support Local
October 1, 2017

What does local mean? When you purchase local, you are purchasing from a neighbour. You are purchasing from a professional who you can count on to provide a service who will be accountable and committed to you. They must be committed because you’ll see them at the farmer’s market on Sunday, or at the grocery store while picking up milk on your way home. It doesn’t matter whether that service is purchasing a house, insurance or a hearing aid, you should have the confidence that you will be properly guided in your endeavour.

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What's That Ringing in My Ears?
September 1, 2017

There are over 300,000 Canadians, like you, who experience tinnitus—sound or noise that is heard with no external sound source. Until recently, tinnitus was considered hopeless for the estimated 250 million people worldwide who suffered from it. For most, tinnitus is just a sporadic annoyance; a small buzz or ring in their ears that comes and goes. But for others, the sounds of tinnitus can be deafening. The buzzing, whooshing, and ringing that people with more intense forms of tinnitus suffer from can cause sleep disturbances, stress, anxiety, and depression. Most of these people suffer in silence, not knowing that there is any help for their condition.

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Swimming Plugs
August 1, 2017

Summer is now finally upon us and it is time to go outside at the cottage or around the BBQ in the backyard. A wonderful part of Canadian summer is cooling off in lakes, rivers and swimming pools. Not everyone gets to enjoy them the same way though; for people with ear conditions, that otherwise fun time in the sun can make existing conditions worse.

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Top 10 Misconceptions Associated with Hearing Loss
July 1, 2017

Hearing loss, along with most things, have a lot of misconceptions associated with them. These misconceptions prevent a lot of people from getting the help they require. Let’s take a moment to clear up some of those.

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An Old Problem?
June 1, 2017

Close your eyes for a second and picture someone wearing hearing aids. What else is in the picture? Perhaps a wheelchair, cane or are they on oxygen? It is true that there are many senior citizens who wear hearing aids but the majority of them wore hearing aids or should have worn hearing aids much earlier. The public perception of the demographic who requires help with their hearing is unfairly skewed to be more senior. Let’s look at why.

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Cognitive Decline Associated With Hearing Loss
May 1, 2017

With hearing loss a lot of focus has typically been placed on quality of life relating to social environments. Hearing loss is lonely. We usually treat the isolation that a person feels. Now there is new research which has just come out that validates previous findings which connect untreated hearing loss with early onset Alzheimer’s and Dementia, but also indisputably proves the importance of proper use of hearing aids.

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Cerumen Management
April 1, 2017

People come to me regularly to address their problems with earwax. Every day it seems I’m seeing someone who has tried to deal with their own wax and have created a problem in doing so. Mismanagement of earwax, or cerumen, can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss, tinnitus or ringing in the ear, balance problems, chronic itchy ears, ear infections and so much more. In the majority of cases these issues are caused when there was no need to do anything in the first place.

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Key To Success
March 1, 2016

I hear the same thing every day, a patient who is actually happy with their hearing aid telling me about a neighbor/friend or family member who isn’t happy with theirs. The common connection is that these other people go to clinics that do not offer the time, education or understanding that is imperative for success.

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Hearing Aids 101
February 1, 2017

Let’s be honest, hearing aids don’t have a very positive reputation. Everyone is familiar with the stories. “They hurt my ears and all I hear is the noise”. If this is what people experience then why do we take that apprehensive plunge into frigid water and purchase them? The answer is quite simple; we hope that our experience will be different from the experiences of others and it can be with some understanding.

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