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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How Loud Is Too Loud?

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…

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October 2017 – Q&A

Bruce: I’m not having any trouble with my hearing, is there any point in having a hearing test? John Thistle BC-HIS: YES!! Everyone should have their hearing tested at least once so they know where things stand, even if there are no indications of having any challenges. Early this summer, a young lady…

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Support Local

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…

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What’s That Ringing in My Ears?

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…

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Swimming Plugs

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…

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Top 10 Misconceptions Associated with Hearing Loss

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. People with hearing loss are stupid I know it sounds pretty ridiculous, but…

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An Old Problem?

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…

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Cognitive Decline Associated With Hearing Loss

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…

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