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Phonak Venture Hearing Aid - Video

Here is another video from our Healthy Hearing Expo 2015. Dr. Wright is talking with Dan from Phonak about their newest product, the Venture.

2015 Hearing Aid Reviews

Thank you to everyone for coming out to our 6th Annual Healthy Hearing Expo.  A special congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner of the hearing aids.  Six other winners were drawn and were notified of their door prize winnings as well. Thanks to everyone who came down to the Victoria Conference Center and entered into the draw, it was a huge success and we're already talking about next year!

Today we have our first video blog with Kris from Oticon doing a short talk about their newest product, the Alta Pro 2.

 

 

2015 Healthy Hearing Expo

We are days away from our 6th Annual Healthy Hearing Expo at the Victoria Conference Center.  This is a unique opportunity that comes along only once a year and I would encourage anyone, who is noticing hearing loss, to attend.  I recommend this unique event because it is the only time where people are able to speak directly to hearing aid manufacturers and discover for themselves the different options out there to treat and manage hearing loss.  With advancements in technology, there isn't a 'one size fits all' solution.  Each person's needs and hearing loss is unique and therefore, the solution is going to be different for different people.  Having direct information available from the source is a valuable opportunity. 

We have chosen to sponsor this event annually because we understand that people are curious, they want information and they want to collect and analyze that information in their own way.  Often websites can be biased because they may be owned by a certain hearing aid company.  When this happens, it makes the website rate or score hearing aids with a bias.  One of our mandates as an independent hearing clinic is to choose products for people without bias.  That as Audiologists, we know it would compromise our integrity if we were owned by a manufacturer, or in some way linked to a manufacturer to recommend that product over all others.  We pride ourselves on this ability and can assure you that this is not usually the case when going to a hearing clinic in Victoria.  Because we use all of the hearing aid companies, they all are willing to support our annual event.

The talks were chosen carefully to try to give people more information about what is new with hearing aids and how hearing loss effects cognitive function.  Another unique opportunity to learn something new about hearing.

An added benefit to the expo are the giveaways and goodies you are able to collect at the event.  There will be several door prizes including a set of premium hearing aids!

Don't miss out on this annual event, and be sure to stop by our booth to introduce yourself, or to just say hi.  

See you there!

Dr. Erin Wright

Awakening the Auditory Cortex

Have you heard the saying “use it or lose it?”.  Well, like anything with our bodies, this also applies to our ears; more specifically, the part of our brain that receives the sound from the ear. That part of the brain is called the auditory cortex. This part of the brain is located in the temporal lobe and it’s really what interprets the sound waves into meaningful bits of information. As with other senses, auditory sensations are perceived only if received and processed by a cortical area of the brain.

When we have hearing loss, certain sounds are not intense enough to reach the cortical areas of the brain and therefore are not perceived. The benefit of keeping this part of the brain stimulated is the subject of much research lately linking decreased auditory cortex stimulation to conditions such as dementia (http://www.audiologyresearch.org/index.php/audio/article/view/13). 

I see many people being fit with hearing aids in a proactive way. Although they may feel they can still “get by” without the use of hearing aids, they are using them to continue to keep the auditory cortex awake and doing its job.    

To find out more about how the auditory cortex relates to hearing, come visit us at the Healthy Hearing Expo as I will be doing an in depth talk on this exact subject.

Hearing aids through Veteran’s Affairs Canada

There have been some changes going on lately with  Veteran's Affairs Canada (VAC).  News  from Friday reported that VAC has now afforded part time reservists the same benefits and compensation as full time veterans.   Good news financially for all reservists who may have suffered some degree of hearing loss or tinnitus due to noise exposure.  

For Veteran’s Affairs purposes, a hearing loss that would qualify for a disability benefit exists when the threshold sum is 100 dB or greater at frequencies of 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz and 3000 Hz in either ear, or 50 Db or more in both ears at 4000 Hz. To determine if you meet this guideline, book a hearing test appointment with one of the Audiologists in our clinic and it will be easy to see if you meet the criteria.  

In addition to payment for hearing aids, as well as all of the services, batteries and support you will need to manage hearing loss and tinnitus, you may also be eligible for a disability pension or award.

For more information about applying for hearing loss benefits go to 

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/after-injury/disability-benefits/how-to-apply

The VAC website states, “it is preferred that audiograms submitted to the Department for entitlement or assessment purposes be performed by a clinical Audiologist. However, audiograms submitted from other sources such as hearing instrument specialists (HIS), physicians or nurses may be considered by VAC if they meet the following standards." (and they go on to list standards).   

At Broadmead and Oak Bay clinics, you are in good hands because we are staffed exclusively by Audiologists so you will be sure to get exactly what you need to complete your application.

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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.