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When an Audiologist gets Earwax

When it comes to managing my own earwax, I try to practice what I preach. I allow clean water into my ears when I have a shower to facilitate the natural process of earwax migrating out of the ear canal on its own. This [...]

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What should hearing aids cost?

For those of us with hearing loss, there are significant social, emotional and cognitive benefits of wearing hearing aids that have been professionally fit and properly maintained. Why then does only about 25% of the population with significant hearing loss wear hearing aids? Although [...]

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Microsuction is a safe and comfortable way to remove earwax

When it comes to the safe and effective removal of earwax, there are three methods that an Audiologist can use: irrigation, mechanical removal and microscopic suction (microsuction). Many of you may be familiar with irrigation (flushing of the ear with warm water). Mechanical removal [...]

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Sudden Deafness

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL), or sudden deafness, is a rapid loss of hearing which occurs all at once or over a period of up to 3 days. Sensorineural hearing loss is hearing loss due to the inner ear or the neural pathways to [...]

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UK Commission on Hearing Loss

The UK’s International Longevity Centre is a think tank dedicated to the issues of longevity, ageing and population change. In July 2014, they published a final report from their Commission on Hearing Loss. Since no recent similar research has been published for the Canadian [...]

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The BC Early Hearing Program

In my last post, I talked about otoacoustic emissions – sounds emitted by the ear which give an indication of ear health. Because they are quick, reliable and do not require a baby to do anything, otoacoustic emissions have allowed us to screen the [...]

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Otoacoustic emissions

If an audiologist listens close enough, we can hear your ear. It’s 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 [...]

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The most important soft sounds in my life

Every night, after we have put our 4 year old twin daughters to bed, I poke my head into their room to check on them. I usually can not see their faces as the light in the room is very dim and they are [...]

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Canadian TV commercials are too loud….and here is what you can do about it

You have probably noticed that TV commercials are much louder than the TV show itself. I find it annoying and I know that many of my patients do too. The CRTC (our Canadian broadcast regulator) received 304 complaints about this issue in 2010. And [...]