Chronicles of a deaf Audiologist

Rehabilitation beyond hearing aids and cochlear implants: lipreading instruction, brain/auditory training and communication strategies.

Success for Hearing Better

HEARa is dedicated to the idea that people need the right information, at the right times, to be successful with hearing loss. HEARa’s mission is to reach out to adults with hearing loss and say—keep going. Learning about your hearing loss should be a lifelong process.

Areas of interest for hearing improvement

Choose an area of interest to explore ways to improve your hearing

  • General

    Wide variety of insights and experiences related to hearing and everyday living.

  • Communication Strategies

    Information specific to speaking with others resulting in clarity and understanding.

  • Skill Development

    Information specific to developing skills that help improve hearing.

  • Hearing Aids

    Information specific to purchasing and wearing hearing aids.

  • For Significant Others

    Information specific to spouses, partners, family and friends of people with hearing difficulties.

  • For Hearing Care Professionals

    Information specific to those who work in the hearing care industry.

From the chronicles

finger pointing to phrase trying new things

Are you waiting for a cochlear implant?

Are you waiting for a cochlear implant? Here’s something you can do while you wait. Read some books in print that you can later access as audiobooks (from the library, Audible, Kobo, etc.). After your CI activation, listen to the audiobooks, choosing the reader you find easiest to understand. Listen without re-reading the text, at […]

Continue reading
Grandma and granddaughter laughing baking cookies

How to help someone who is hard of hearing

Are you soft-spoken? To make yourself easier to understand, reduce listening effort for the other person: move closer, turn off or move away from background noise. Be expressive: use facial expression, gestures, and body language when they support what you are saying. The intonation rises at the end of the sentence for a question or […]

Continue reading

Tinnitus notably higher in 19-29 year olds!

I’m concerned! The prevalence of tinnitus was found to be notably higher among 19-29 year olds in a Canadian Health Measures Survey. In the 19-29 year old age group, prevalence was 46%, compared to 33% for those aged 30-49, and 35% for those aged 50-70. Approximately 80-90% of people with tinnitus experience some degree of […]

Continue reading

Why you shouldn’t use Qtips for itchy ears

Many people use cotton Qtips because their ears get itchy—but in doing so, make their ears more itchy, because a Qtip will scrape off a protective, sealing layer of skin and wax. The result? Dry, itchy skin. In some cases, vigorous use of a Qtip can result in a ruptured ear drum—a very painful condition. […]

Continue reading

What does “falling on deaf ears” mean?

Do you ever use the expression “falling on deaf ears”? I wonder if people are really thinking about what they are saying when they use this expression. Do they mean that the person appears to have selective hearing? That may be an unfair accusation when applied to someone with hearing loss.      

Continue reading

Find out for sure before getting an over-the-counter hearing aid (OTC)

If you are considering an over-the-counter hearing aid, are you sure that your hearing loss is not treatable? Some people have hearing problems due to treatable conditions, like impacted wax. Others may have conditions or diseases that place them at risk for hearing loss. Exclusion criteria from the American Academy of Otolaryngology include ear pain […]

Continue reading

This is important to know before getting over-the-counter hearing aids (OTCs)

Are you considering an over-the-counter hearing aid (OTC)? OTCs are meant for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. Research shows that people are not great at estimating their hearing levels, and they tend to underestimate the severity of their hearing loss (Tsimpida et al, 2020). See a hearing care professional for a hearing test […]

Continue reading
Women laughing at dinner table

Are you considering an over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid?

Are you considering an over-the-counter hearing aid (OTC)? Make sure you pick one that uses the information from your hearing test in the fitting process. OTCs that are pre-set do not take into account the degree and configuration of your hearing loss. If you have never had a hearing test, see a hearing care professional first. […]

Continue reading
Granddaughter teach grandma smartphone

Can you wear your OTCs all day?

Over-the-counter hearing aids (OTCs) are not a custom fit—meaning they are not personalized for the shape of your ear canal. Unlike with traditional hearing aids, you won’t have the benefit of a hearing care professional to look at the fit in your ear canal and suggest modifications if needed. If you can’t wear your OTCs […]

Continue reading

Considering an over-the-counter hearing aid: the Matrix edition

When considering an over-the-counter hearing aid (OTC), a rabbit hole awaits. It’s not obvious that there are two categories of OTCs: pre-set and self-fitting. The pre-set ones are just that; they are pre-set. Your hearing sensitivity levels are not considered. Self-fitting hearing aids may or may not incorporate your hearing thresholds into the fitting process. […]

Continue reading
Scroll to Top