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  • Locally owned and operated
  • Warm, welcoming atmosphere
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  • Early morning and late evening appointments
  • 60 day risk-free trial period with all hearing aids

Not sure about hearing aids?

We understand. A little apprehension is normal. Consider them an investment in your quality of life. Rest assured, modern aids are more advanced than ever before:

  • discreet and nearly invisible styles
  • better sound quality
  • wireless connectivity to your favourite electronics

News & Information

Nov 21 2019

Tinnitus Facts

Up to 15 percent of Canadians experience chronic tinnitus, and about half that number find it persistent enough to be annoying or difficult to deal with. Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ear or head. It can take on many forms, such as ringing, pulsing, sizzling, crickets, and many more. For some people it is one constant sound, while for others the type of sound and the intensity vary.

So what causes tinnitus? Noise exposure, wax blockage, drugs that are toxic to the auditory system, and viruses are some of the most common causes. If you experience chronic tinnitus the first step would be to book a hearing assessment to determine the cause and proper treatment. The good news is that, except in the rarest of circumstances, tinnitus is not a sign of a serious condition. However, it can be very annoying for people who experience it.

What can be done about tinnitus? Treatment focuses on managing the condition through a combination of life-style changes, sound therapy and counseling. Although there is no cure, a combination of these methods are quite effective at improving the quality of life for people with tinnitus, bringing it to a point where it is no longer a daily annoyance.

For more information on tinnitus, or to book an assessment please contact Accurate Hearing at one of our convenient locations:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

 

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Nov 14 2019

Hearing aids and brain health

Every day it seems there are new studies linking hearing to brain health. Furthermore, they all seem to agree that treating hearing loss can lead to better cognitive performance when compared to people with untreated hearing loss.

The latest study was published by Science Daily. It followed two groups and tracked their cognitive function by performing a series of annual tests. The group who wore hearing aids performed better than the group that did not.

While this research is in its early stages, it does provide more evidence that treating hearing loss has positive effects on brain function. The takeaway here is that if you have a diagnosed hearing loss, treating it earlier rather than later may be important to maintaining brain as well as hearing health.

For more information or to book an appointment please contact Accurate Hearing at one of our convenient locations:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

 

You can a summary of the study mentioned above here:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190715094910.htm?fbclid=IwAR30c06s18qo9zaYxTP8Hw6H7rkFUGqyrWelD2csZvd_0VXGuQJVai5AQPs

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 23 2019

How our hearing impacts our participation in our own healthcare

When our hearing is good we take for granted being able to hear everything our Doctor or other health care professionals tell us. This is important, especially when receiving treatment information such as when to take medications and at what dosage.

However, untreated hearing loss can make it difficult to follow what we are being told. In fact, in one survey published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, patients with hearing loss reported that they had lower active participation in their own health care. Much of this was related to not being able to hear or understand what the health professional was saying. Of course, this can lead to poor health outcomes if we are not receiving all the information we need.

This is one of the many ways untreated hearing loss can impact our quality of life. Fortunately, there are more solutions than ever in modern hearing aids. With customizable technology your hearing can be improved so that you don’t miss those important pieces of information regarding your health care.

For more information please contact Accurate Hearing at one of our convenient locations:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Aug 22 2019

Vacation Hours

Please note that we will be operating on reduced hours from August 28th to September 9th for staff vacations. Please see below for details.

Lower Sackville Hours:

Wednesday August 28th: CLOSED

Thursday August 29th: 9:30 to 4:30

Friday August 30th: 9:30 to 4:30

Monday Sept. 2nd: CLOSED FOR LABOUR DAY

Tuesday Sept. 3rd: 9:30 to 4:30

Wednesday Sept. 4th: CLOSED

Thursday Sept. 5th: 9:30 to 4:30

Friday Sept. 6th: 9:30 to 4:30

Cole Harbour Hours

Wednesday August 28th: 9:00 to 4:00

Thursday August 29th: CLOSED

Friday August 30th: CLOSED

Tuesday Sept. 3rd: CLOSED

Wednesday Sept. 4th: 9:00 to 4:00

Thursday Sept. 5th: CLOSED

Friday Sept. 6th: CLOSED

We will return to regular business hours on Monday Sept. 9th.

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Jul 11 2019

Two ears vs. one: sound localization

Did you know that being able to tell what direction a sound is coming from depends on both ears working together? That’s right. Our ears combine the information coming from both sides in order to locate where a sound is coming from. This ability is compromised when one ear isn’t hearing at the same level as the other. This can also make it harder for people to understand speech when there is background noise, because it becomes difficult to tell where the speakers voice is coming from in relation to the noise. This is why, when people ask if they need one hearing aid or two, we always recommend two. Unless there is a contraindication, two hearing aids are better than one. For more information or to book a hearing evaluation please contact Accurate Hearing at one of our convenient locations: Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004 Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327 Leave a comment

Jun 27 2019

Be kind to your ears this Canada Day weekend

Happy Canada Day weekend! The Holiday weekend is full of great events such as live music, fireworks, and parades. While these events provide good fun, they can also be hard on our ears. So, while at the events you happen to be enjoying this year, be sure to keep your hearing in mind. If you are going to be around loud noise consider using earplugs. Your ears will thank you in the long run.

The simplest solution is a set of over the counter foam plugs. You can also use earmuffs, although some find them a little bulky and uncomfortable in hot weather. For custom solutions feel free to contact your hearing care specialists at Accurate Hearing to discuss noise and musician earplugs.

Have a safe and happy Canada Day weekend.

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Jun 13 2019

Tips for adjusting to your hearing aids

So, you have just been fit with your hearing aids. Adapting to hearing new sounds can be a bit overwhelming at first. So, here are some tips to help you adjust to your new devices.

  1. Wear your hearing aids consistently. Your ears and brain need time to adapt to new sounds. The only way this can happen is if they are exposed to these sounds on a regular basis. For the first few weeks it is normal for things to seem a little too loud or too sharp. This is because you’re not used to hearing sounds at this new level. After awhile of consistent use things will start to sound more natural.
  1. Start off slow. For the first few days wear your hearing aids at home, even when it is completely quiet. Gradually start using your hearing aids in more challenging situations. This will help your ears and brain adapt without being too stimulated all at once.
  1. Take breaks if you need to. You’re going to be hearing a lot of new sounds. If you get tired or feel overwhelmed, take your hearing aids out for a little while. After a few days to weeks you should be able to wear them all day without breaks. Have patience and remember to put them in for at least a few hours each day until you work up to that point.
  1. Have realistic expectations. Hearing aids won’t restore your hearing to normal, but they will greatly improve your quality of life by making listening easier and more enjoyable again.

For more information please feel free to contact Accurate Hearing at:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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May 01 2019

How your hearing can affect your participation in healthcare

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that patients with hearing loss actively participated in their own healthcare less than those with no hearing loss. Those who reported ‘some trouble’ hearing were 42% more at risk of low participation in their healthcare, while those who reported ‘a lot of trouble’ hearing were 70% more at risk.

One reason for this could be more difficulty hearing instructions from Doctors, such as when to take medications. This study highlights one of the ways hearing is important to our overall health.

May is Hearing Awareness Month. This is a great time to start a regular hearing maintenance routine. If you have not had a hearing assessment why not start now? Our hearing is just as important as our vision and should be evaluated regularly. Early diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss will lead to better overall health outcomes.

For more information or to book an evaluation please feel contact Accurate Hearing at:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Apr 04 2019

If only people would stop mumbling

“If only people would stop mumbling I would be able to hear them.”

Do you ever find yourself saying this? If so, you may have hearing loss. While it is true, some people do mumble, not being able to hear people clearly is an early symptom of hearing loss.

Hearing usually decreases very gradually. Early on it may seem as if nothing is wrong because you can still hear everything around you, it’s just a little harder to hear people clearly. Our first inclination is to blame our communication partner for mumbling or talking to fast. However, even a mild hearing loss can cause us to have difficulty understanding what someone is saying.

If this is something you are experiencing on a consistent basis it may be time to have your hearing assessed.

For more hearing related information or to book an appointment please contact Accurate Hearing at one of our convenient locations below:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Mar 06 2019

Can you wear your hearing aids when you fly?

This is a question we get asked fairly often. The answer is yes, you can wear your hearing aids when you fly. What you may find is that the noise level on airplanes can be annoying. This can be the case even if you don’t wear hearing aids. If you find aircraft noise too loud try turning your hearing aids down or muting them if they have a mute program. Depending on how your hearing aids are set up, you may also have a program specifically designed to minimize background noise. Ask your hearing care professional if you are not sure.

For more information please contact Accurate Hearing at one of our convenient locations below:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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