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Victoria Hearing Protection for DJ's

Are you a DJ in Victoria BC?  Then read on…

Have you seen the movie “All Gone Pete Tong”?

It’s about a music DJ in Europe who progressively loses his hearing and his coping strategies to cover it up.  It is a really good movie, pointing to a real problem facing those in the DJ business; noise-induced hearing loss.  Because DJ’s usually wear a headphone on one ear, with one ear exposed, we often see more hearing loss on the exposed ear.  

We have found a solution for our resident Victoria DJ’s.  The DJ Mix Pack, which is a mix and match product.  First, a pair of in-ear monitors are fit to provide exceptionally clear sound.  As well we can augment this with a pair of musicians’ ear plugs that are specially modified with coaxial connectors so they can plug into the in-ear monitor cable.  The DJ can combine this product to meet any performance situation.  What this does is eliminates headphone juggling with maximum comfort and isolation, while delivering clear audio all in a variety of colors. 

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Come into our Oak Bay or Broadmead Clinics for an impression and to find out what is the best mix for your needs.

Tinnitus Note of the Day

Not all ringing in the ear has to do with hearing loss.  There is a subcategory of tinnitus called “Somatic tinnitus” which is the term used when the tinnitus is associated with head, neck, or dental injury—such as misalignment of the jaw or temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Characteristics of somatic tinnitus include intermittency, large fluctuations in loudness, and variation in the perceived location and pattern of its occurrence throughout the day.

To learn more about tinnitus, come to our Healthy Hearing Expo to listen to the talk “Why masking your tinnitus works” at 1:30pm.

Effects of Noise Exposure at sporting events... this might surprise you!

Here's a great article from CBC about the effects of noise at sporting events:

Spectators at pro sports games like the Super Bowl need to protect their ears while enjoying the action, Canadian experts say.

When the home team scores during a NHL playoff game, the noise in the stands can be as loud as a plane taking off.

“Each time your ears have been ringing, that is evidence of hearing loss. There's no recovery mechanism in place for the death of those inner ear cells,” said Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher, director of sports health at Cleveland Clinic in Toronto, where he also works with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and Mississauga SteeIheads of the Ontario Hockey League.

Prof. Bill Hodgetts of the department of speech pathology and audiology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton published a study in 2006 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, titled Can Hockey Playoffs Harm Your Hearing? to raise awareness about noise when people are enjoying themselves at a game.

The noise of an entire NHL playoff game was equivalent to sitting next to a chainsaw for three hours, said Hodgetts, who is also with the the university's Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine. When the home team scored, temporarily the noise was like a plane taking off.

 

Read the full article here:

http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/#!/content/1.2519252

ReSound LiNX Hearing Aid are now available for Veteran's

ReSound LiNX Hearing Aid, Victoria BC

Yesterday, Lia and I were at the training seminar in Vancouver for the new direct to iPhone LiNX hearing aid from ReSound.  This hearing aid manufacturer has historically had a lot of “firsts” in this industry and once again, it is the first hearing aid to be able to connect directly to an iPhone.  Now you can easily take phone calls, stream music, listen to voice mail and control the hearing aid all through the phone.  Apple has designed what they call a “Native App” on the phone.  A native application (native app) is an application program that has been developed for use on a particular platform or device, thus allowing them to take advantage of the latest technology available on mobile devices.

This device is not for everyone, but it certainly will be wonderful for some.  For those early adopters who are heavy cell phone users, for those who want to be discrete when making adjustments to their hearing aids or for those who frequently listen to podcasts or music from their iPad or iPhone.  Even Face Time will be improved when the sound comes directly into the ear.

What we also learned yesterday is that the LiNX 7 is available for order for those who have coverage by Veteran’s Affairs Canada.  Wonderful news! 

Thankfully, ReSound has not imposed a premium price for these hearing aids and is offering it at current market prices.  We are very excited about the potential of these aids and welcome anyone who is interested to attend our no obligation 3 day Demo Event March 19-21.  You will have a chance to hear what the ReSound LiNX Hearing Aid sounds like!

ReSound LiNX Hearing Aid

Oak Bay and Broadmead Hearing Clinics have exclusive access to the new ReSound LiNX Hearing Aid.

Release date is March 17, 2014. Our ReSound LiNX Demo Days are on March 19 at the Oak Bay Hearing Clinic and March 21 at Broadmead Hearing Clinic.

Book an appointment to come check it out!

See what CNN has to say about the newest wearable technology from ReSound:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/04/tech/innovation/apple-resound-hearing-aids/index.html?iref=allsearch

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Hearing Fact

More than 8 million Canadians have some type of hearing problem. Hearing difficulties are often unrecognized by the person involved. Children and teenagers seldom complain about the symptoms of hearing loss, and adults may lose their hearing so gradually they do not realize it is happening.

The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist.