COVID-19 Update

Resonance Hearing Clinic’s offices in Cobble Hill, Sidney, Chemainus and Lake Cowichan are now open for regular appointments during our regular business hours. Our Covid-19 policies ensure you are safe while visiting us. Our policies include wearing masks (we can provide one if you don’t have one) and using hand sanitizer upon entry. We continue a pick-up/drop off service for batteries, broken hearing aids and other supplies at our offices. Please call us ahead of time so that we are prepared for you.


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 process can be thought of as ‘physiotherapy for the ear’ – Audiologists call this process aural rehabilitation. A diagnostic audiological evaluation is an essential first step in the process. If a hearing aid trial is chosen, it must be appropriately selected, programmed, verified and validated over a 2-3 month trial period. During this time period, the brain gradually begins to learn to hear the sounds that it has been missing. The instrument must be adjusted in a gradual way to suit personal preference. Like any muscle, some choose to exercise gently, others prefer a more vigorous workout! When a hearing instrument is purchased at our clinic, we include our services for life. We believe this is important because aural rehab is usually not completed over 2-3 months. In many cases the auditory system is strengthened over a period of years. In addition, hearing may change over time and these changes must be accounted for in the programming.