Dr. Wright's Blog

Healthy Hearing Expo Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 10th Annual Healthy Hearing Expo a huge success at the Victoria Conference Center.  We love that so many people in our community came out to learn more about hearing loss and technology options currently available to manage hearing.  As well, a big thank you to all of the hearing aid manufacturers for supporting the event and being open and available to answer some great questions from our community members.

Thank you to Oticon and Resound who each donated a set of premium level hearing aids to be drawn as a door prize. 

The winners are…

Oticon Hearing Aids – Mr. Doug Robertson

Resound Hearing Aids – Mr. David Bourke

There were several other small prizes that were drawn on Thursday April 11 and the winners were notified.

We had educational seminars done by Audiologists which were captioned in real time and as a reminder, the transcripts from the talks will be put up on our website within the next few weeks.  As well, I did interviews with each of the manufacturers asking about their new and exciting features in each product.  Watch for those videos to come out on our Facebook page and YouTube channel soon.

Thank you again to all of those who came out to make the day truly a success. 

If you have any thoughts or ideas of subjects you’d like to hear more about for next year, please let me know at erin@broadmeadhearing.com.

How to Get Used To Hearing Aids

Here is a fabulous article by Consumer Reports about the process of getting used to your new hearing aids.

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Hearing Aids and Working Memory

Dr. Samira Anderson is a Ph.D in Auditory Neuroscience.  Recently, she conducted a study with a control group of 32 people with hearing loss.  Both groups were fit with hearing aids, but the experimental group of 18 people, wore their hearing aids a minimum of 8 hours a day for six months. The control (N=14) only used the hearing aids during the testing. 

What she found was that the group who wore hearing aids for six months had an improvement in their working memory scores. These findings suggest that improved neural processing and ease of listening through the use of hearing aids may free up brain resources that can be allocated for memory.

What is working memory?

To read the full article, click this link below:

http://canadianaudiologist.ca/issue/volume-6-issue-1-2019/column/hearing-brain-mysteries/

Phonak Marvel Demo Event

From February 11-14, 2019 we are offering people in our community the opportunity to try the newest hearing technology for a month in their own environments.  If you are already signed up for the event, this is what your experience will look like:

Appointment Day:  You will come to our clinic for your appointment and have your hearing assessed by our Audiologist Erin Wright. Should she determine that hearing aids may be beneficial, you will be fit with a set of Phonak Marvel 90 rechargeable hearing aids on that day by another of our Audiologists.  You will be shown how to use them, how to connect them to your phone (should you wish) and how to work them with a TV.  You will then leave the clinic with them, all free of charge.

Your first follow up appointment will be two weeks later.  This will give you a chance to test them out in your real-world environments and discuss the sound quality or the way they feel in your ears with your Audiologist.  Adjustments may be made, and you will head home again with them for two more weeks.

At your four-week appointment, you can return them if you feel they are not meeting your needs or purchase them should you feel they are improving your quality of life.  At this point, you will have an additional 2-month trial period should you change your mind and want a refund or want to change products to a different hearing aid manufacturer.

The last time we did a demo event was in late 2016 for the Oticon Opn product which was a leap ahead at the time.  We believe now that the Phonak Marvel has a new chip which is worth testing. 

http://www.hearingreview.com/2018/10/phonak-launches-marvel-universal-binaural-streaming-new-level-sound-quality/

Phonak has launched this product nationally with a promotional price for the first three months.  The pricing on the Marvel is discounted until the end of February 2019.  Please call our clinic if you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity. If you can’t make the Feb 11-14 dates, let us know and we will make it work for you.

Audiologists

Q:  I have hearing loss and have been told to deal with it.  Should I just get hearing aids?

A: Hearing loss is an injury to the body that needs appropriate management, just like any other injury.  If you have injured your knee, you may seek out a combination of medication, physical therapy, a knee brace and possibly surgery to manage your injury.  Think of hearing loss in the same way as managing another complex injury in your body.

 

Attached below is the position statement from Speech Audiology Canada (SAC) that states that Audiologists are “experts and leaders in designing and providing Aural Rehabilitation”.  Aural Rehabilitation is the process of managing hearing loss which includes appropriate and comprehensive diagnostics, unbiased technology recommendation, counselling, and group therapy to better understand communication strategies and environmental modifications. 

Position Statement

Audiologists are the experts in this field.

There is clearly a plethora of choices in Victoria to get hearing aids, but of the over 25 locations in Victoria, less than 5 will guarantee that your care will be in the hands of an Audiologist. Broadmead and Oak Bay Hearing Clinics have only Audiologists on staff to manage your hearing loss.

Doesn’t it stand to reason, that if Audiologists are the known and recommended experts in the treatment and rehabilitation of hearing loss, that you would choose the care of an Audiologist over a Hearing Instrument Practitioner for your unique hearing loss?

If you have any questions or would like to see one of our Audiologists please feel free to contact us and we'd be happy to book you in.