How to overcome hearing loss outdoors

Now that we are solidly into some nicer weather, we can fully expect that our social environment for the next several months will remain outdoors. For most people this means sunshine, laughter and relaxation. Far too often it can cause anxiety and depression in someone who is hard of hearing.…

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Hearing Aid Trials

By Nicole Pottinger, H.I.S.Whether you are new to the world of hearing aids or have some experience under your belt, the idea of shopping for hearing aids can bring out emotions such as excitement, stress, happiness, and frustration. Everybody has different experiences with their hearing challenges whether it’s communicating with…

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Doctor Office Anxiety

Written by John Thistle BC-HIS Newcastle Hearing Solutions 118 King Ave. E. Newcastle As someone who is Hard of Hearing (HoH), there are certain anxieties that are experienced. I recently had one of these all too familiar scenarios while I was waiting at my doctor’s office. Most of us know…

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The connection between diabetes and hearing loss

By Mary Leisses  The relationship between hearing loss and diabetes has long been debated. But research now concludes that hearing loss is more prevalent in adults with diabetes. One research study included data from participants ranging in age from 20 to 69. Important information they found: People with diabetes were 2x…

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Hear better in time for spring weather

By Nicole Pottinger, H.I.S.As the spring season approaches and we begin to venture out after being stuck indoors through the frigid cold winter months, we also tend to begin getting involved with social activities again. It’s also an ideal time to start attending appointments for our health if we didn’t…

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Selective Hearing

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…

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How to Communicate With Someone Who Has Hearing Loss

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.…

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How to Communicate With Someone Who Has Hearing Loss

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…

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How Does a Hearing Aid Work?

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…

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November 2017 – Q&A

Sylvia: I hear that hearing aid batteries cost a fortune. Is that true? John Thistle BC-HIS: This is a common misconception. On average our patient’s pay $83.20 per year for batteries between two hearing aids. There are a variety of different batteries available, all varying qualities. One of the largest factors in the…

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