The hearing aid fitting process

The standard process of fitting hearing aids includes diagnosing the hearing loss, selecting and fitting the most appropriate hearing aid for the individual, verifying the electro acoustic performance of the hearing aid in the patient’s ear, and validating that the hearing difficulties have been addressed or resolved. In our clinics this is accomplished within a […]

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Earwax

There are two important things to remember when it comes to earwax. The first is that earwax is mostly helpful – it acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. The second is that, for most people, the ear is a self cleaning mechanism. In some cases, earwax need to be extracted by a professional. In general, if you can not adequately see the earwax, you can not take it out properly. An ENT, a licensed Audiologist or your GP are the best equipped to remove earwax when necessary.

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Sudden Deafness

A person who experiences sudden deafness should visit an audiologist and/or a physician on an emergency basis as timely treatment significantly increases the chances for recovery.

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Hearing from 0 to 100

Hearing develops in the womb at 20 weeks gestation. It is widely believed that hearing is the last sense to fade before death. Hearing loss can occur at any age. I have had the privilege of diagnosing hearing loss and successfully fitting hearing instruments on people from birth to age 100. Although the procedures and prescriptions are very different, the ability to hear well is important across the age spectrum.

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How to shop for hearing aids

Because the process of hearing aid fitting is really a process of aural rehabilitation (physiotherapy for the ear), shopping for hearing aids is really a process of shopping for the right clinician and hearing clinic.

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UK Commission on Hearing Loss

The UK Commission on Hearing Loss’ July 2014 report confirms that hearing loss is a large and growing public health issue, estimating that almost 20% of the general population in the UK will have a significant hearing loss by 2031.

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The BC Early Hearing Program

The goal of the BC Early Hearing Program is to screen the hearing of every baby born in BC within the first month of their life, diagnose hearing loss by the age of 3 months and have interventions put in place by the age of 6 months. Research shows that when we have supports in place by the age of 6 months, children with hearing loss have skills similar to normal hearing children by the time they start kindergarten.

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Otoacoustic emissions

If an audiologist listens close enough, we can hear your ear. Its true – a healthy human ear produces sound itself and it is called an otoacoustic emission. We tend to think of our ears as passive collectors of sound, sending signals to the brain. Our ears are much more complex than that. There are […]

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Aural rehabilitation

It takes, on average, 7 years for an individual with significant hearing loss to get around to getting a hearing aid for the first time. During these years, the individual’s brain adapts to not hearing well. Hearing can be thought of as a muscle which becomes weak if not exercised. A proper hearing instrument fitting […]

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Ear Canal Resonance

Ear canal resonance plays an important role in hearing protection.

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