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  • Locally owned and operated
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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

Jun 20 2018

Enjoy the sounds of summer safely

It feels like summer might finally here, which means lots of outdoor activities. Whether it be music festivals, yard work, boating, or fireworks, many of these activities will expose your ears to loud noise. Here are a few tips to help your preserve your hearing while enjoying all the sounds of summer.

  • Use hearing protection when possible. Concerts and festivals are the obvious place here, but you should also use hearing protection when using power tools or noisy lawn equipment. Parades, often with marching bands or speakers blasting loud music, can be quite noisy too. Keep a set of plugs on you so that you are never unprepared.
  • Try not to sit too close to noisy sound sources such as speakers. Sitting next to a set of speakers at a concert is a good way to damage your hearing and cause tinnitus (an annoying ringing in the ears). So, try to be aware of where the loudest noise is coming from and situate yourself appropriately.
  • Invest in custom hearing protection. Over the counter plugs are better than nothing. However, custom plugs will ensure a proper fit each and every time you wear them. Some also come with filters to reduce sound while maintaining crystal clear clarity.

No matter what you are doing this summer, if it involves noise, protect your hearing. For more information on quality hearing protection 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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Jun 07 2018

Headphones and earbuds: how bad are they?

Look around next time you are in public. Whether it be on the street, the bus, the mall, or the workplace, chances are you will see a fair number of people wearing earbuds or headphones. These items have become so ubiquitous that it’s hard to go out and not see someone using them. The question is, what is this doing to our hearing?

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May 10 2018

May is hearing health month!

Join us for our Spring into better hearing Demo Days and receive:

  • Complimentary cleaning and adjustment of your current hearing aids.
  • Expert demonstration of the newest hearing technology.
  • Opportunity to try the newest hearing aid models, including our smallest rechargeable hearing aid, with up to 30 hours of use per charge.
  • 0% financing on select models.

Call now to schedule your appointment!

Monday, May 14 in Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Tuesday, May 15 in Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

 

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May 04 2018

How noise can affect our dining experience

In our last post we discussed tips for hearing in noisy restuarants. Diffuculty communicating is the most obvious way noise affects our dining experience. But, did you know that noise may also affect our sense of taste too?

Thats right. A recent study published in the journal Flavour found that noise can impact how we perceive the taste of our food. In particular the the study found that taste for salty and sweet food was diminished when loud background noise was present. Though the biological mechanism for this is not well understood yet, the effect seems to be real with a statistically significant difference in the the way food tasted to those exposed to noise versus those who were not. Future research in this area will hopefully shed light on why this occurs.

How about you? Have you noticed your enjoyment of food change based on the background noise level? Feel free to leave a comment here or on our Facebook page. For questions or to book an appointment please contact one of our convenient locations below.

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

 

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Apr 25 2018

Tips for dining out

It probably comes as no shock that restaurants can be very noisy places. We have all likely had the experience of straining to hear someone across the table. This becomes even more difficult if you have a hearing impairment.

Below we have listed some tips for hearing better in noisy restaurants. While this list is primarily intended for those with hearing impairment, most of these strategies are useful for anyone interested in hearing better while dining out.

  • Find the quietest spot to sit in the restaurant. For example, try to stay away from tables near the kitchen or entrance, where extra traffic can create more noise. Considering asking the staff to seat you in the quietest spot.
  • If a booth is available take that rather than an open table as the high backs of the booth can buffer some of the noise.
  • Consider going at non-peak hours. If feasible try going a little before or after the lunch or dinner rushes.
  • If the restaurant is playing music, consider asking them to turn the volume down.
  • If you have a hearing loss and are comfortable telling people, inform the staff so that they can make appropriate accommodations.

Try some of these strategies for a more comfortable dining experience next time you are out. Have any other tips or suggestions? Feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

We can also be contacted at one of our two convenient locations below:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Apr 12 2018

Can permanent hearing loss be ‘cured by medication?

The short answer to the above question is not yet. However, research is moving us in that direction and hearing loss that was once thought permanent may be reversible one day.

For example recent research from USC and Harvard has led to the development of a drug that can be delivered to the inner ear and stay there. According to the researchers, previously tested drugs often dissolved in the fluid of the inner ear, reducing or nullifying their effectiveness. The first step is creating a drug that stays put in the middle ear so that it can do what it needs to do. That is exactly what these researchers have done.

Now this was only tested on tissue in a petri dish. Many more studies are waiting to be done on live subjects, so a marketable drug is still years away. For now, a hearing aid tailored to your specific needs is the best treatment for permanent hearing loss.

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

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

 

For the study referenced please follow the link below:

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.8b00022

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Mar 15 2018

The impact of hearing loss on the brain

For Brain Awareness Week (March 12-18) we thought we would highlight the impact of hearing loss on cognitive function. Several studies in recent years have shown a link between cognitive decline and hearing loss, with higher risks of dementia in people with hearing loss, especially untreated.

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Mar 02 2018

How do Roosters maintain their hearing?

For today’s blog we thought we would deviate a bit and give you some interesting animal facts.

Now, if you have ever heard a Rooster crowing you know the sound can be quite loud. In fact, researchers who recorded Rooster calls found that some can be well over 100 decibels; loud enough to cause permanent hearing damage. Fortunately, the sound drops off quickly the further you get from the animal, so farmers don’t have to worry about hearing loss from these loud calls. What about the Rooster? The sound at their ear canals from their own crows was measured at 100 plus decibels. This begs the question: do Roosters lose their hearing from the noise of their own calls?

Well, the researchers wondered the same thing. What they found is that Roosters ear canals close off when they open their beaks to crow, essentially creating a built in earplug. This is how they maintain their hearing in the face of such loud calls.

If only we humans had a similar mechanism to protect our hearing. However, we must rely on putting in earplugs when immersed in loud noise, so make sure to put in your ear protection when working or playing around noise.

For more information on hearing and noise please contact Accurate Hearing at one of our convenient locations:

 

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Feb 23 2018

Not every hearing loss is the same

Hearing loss is complex: no two people are exactly the same. By extension there is no single treatment plan that will work for everyone. Have you ever heard someone say they do well with their hearing aids, but their friend keeps them in the drawer, or vice versa? It may be that they need different approaches to treatment, or their hearing loss may be more difficult to treat than someone else’s. So what makes individual hearing so unique?

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Feb 16 2018

Factors that affect the price of hearing aids

Why do hearing aid prices vary? The answer is the technology and features various models come with. Like most electronics such as computers, different models will come with different features. The number and quality of these features will influence the price of the hearing aids. Let’s have a look at some of the most important features when deciding on a hearing aid model. Continue reading

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