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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 […]

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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. […]

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“I can’t hear because of tinnitus”

Many people who have both tinnitus and hearing loss blame their tinnitus for their hearing problems. ~Dr. James A. Henry, Tinnitus Research Scientist The Tinnitus and Hearing Survey (THS) was developed as a tool to differentiate hearing problems from tinnitus problems.    

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Why I became an audiologist

I was asked why I became an audiologist. When I watched myself talking about it on camera, I felt a bit sheepish…    

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Hearing Loss Myths Edition

Which is true and which is false?  (See explanations below the video frame.)   People with untreated hearing loss have an increased risk of falling. This is true. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University showed that people with a mild degree of hearing loss are three times more likely to fall than someone the same age […]

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Hearing technology rocks!

One of the things that I loved about working with children was their delight in technology (and in life). Of course, there comes a time when many of them don’t want to stand out and they stop wanting to use the technology (especially remote microphones). My wish for them is that they will re-discover that […]

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The average person takes 7 years to act on hearing loss

The average person waits 7 years to act on hearing loss. Research tells us that people adjust to hearing loss before they even acknowledge that the hearing loss exists. People around you make adjustments too, again without explicitly discussing them. If you feel overwhelmed about taking action, ask for support. You can start by gathering […]

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How is hearing loss different from vision loss?

Hearing loss is different from vision loss in a number of ways. One significant way that hearing loss is different is that, with hearing loss, we have to ask other people to change their behaviour. Asking other people to adjust the way that they communicate is not a comfortable place to be, at times. In […]

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What to do if your dog eats your hearing aid!

Pets are notorious for putting anything and everything in their mouths. Check their mouth to retrieve the device and check for any broken-off pieces. Batteries are dangerous for your pet, so if your hearing aids are swallowed, seek medical attention. If you can retrieve the hearing aids and there is no visible damage, clean the […]

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Taking action about hearing loss

Lately, I have noticed a sadness and a reluctance in some clients, about having to take action about hearing loss. At the same time, there is a realization that it is finally time to get hearing aids. I noticed the “AND.” Sadness, reluctance, AND going ahead anyway. Those things can co-exist! It’s progress when difficult […]

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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.

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