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News & Information

Feb 21 2019

Symptoms of middle ear infection

Winter is the season for colds, and with them increased risk of middle ear infection. What is it about having a cold that increases the risk of a ear infection? In short, the middle ear and throat are connected via the Eustachian tube. An upper respiratory tract infection can cause inflammation of the throat and Eustachian tube, in some cases closing the tube off entirely. When this happens pressure and secretion builds up in the middle ear, sometimes becoming infected.

So how can you tell if you have a middle ear infection. Following are the most common symptoms:

  1. A constant feeling of pressure or pain in the ear or ears affected.
  2. Difficulty hearing.
  3. Reduced understanding of speech.
  4. Dizziness or feeling off balance.
  5. Fever.

Fortunately, most ear infections will clear up on their own after a few days. Pain medication can help with the earache. If symptoms persist after a few days you should consult a physician, who may prescribe antibiotics. The change in hearing due to an ear infection should be fairly mild in most cases. If you experience a significant and sudden change in your hearing you should always have it checked as soon as possible. You do not need a referral from a physician to have your hearing tested.

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

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Feb 14 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day

Remember to show your hearing some love. If you suspect you have a hearing loss it is best to have it evaluated and treated as soon as possible. After all, a good relationship requires good communication.

For more information or to book your appointment, contact Accurate Hearing at one of our convenient locations below:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Jan 31 2019

Winter weather can increase the risk of moisture damage to your hearing aids.

It’s winter in Atlantic Canada. That means, snow, ice, and wild changes in temperature. This type of weather can increase the risk of moisture damage to your hearing aids. The best thing you can do is try to keep your hearing aids dry. Cover your ears with a headband or hood to prevent snow and sleet from getting into the microphones.

When you come in from the cold, the sudden increase in temperature can cause condensation to build up in your hearing aids. When you take your hearing aids out, inspect them for moisture, including the battery compartment, and use a dry cloth to wipe them down if you notice any condensation.

Finally, put your hearing aids in a dehumidifier overnight. Dehumidifiers specifically designed for your hearing aids can be purchased from your hearing aid provider and will absorb moisture that has built up in your devices.

For more information on protecting your hearing aids please feel free to contact Accurate Hearing at one of our convenient locations:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Jan 24 2019

Hearing loss or memory issue?

Continuing the discussion we started last week on memory, let’s look at how hearing loss could potentially mimic some of the early signs of conditions that affect memory, such as Alzheimer’s. Recent studies that have investigated this found that a small percentage of those who thought they might have a memory condition turned out to have hearing loss. In some cases they only had hearing loss, while in others hearing loss compounded their memory issues.

So, how could hearing loss be mistaken for memory conditions? As you might have guessed, if you can’t hear everything that was said in the first place, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to recall what was said later on. To others this may look very much like a problem of memory, when in fact hearing loss is the culprit. When speaking to someone with untreated hearing loss, it may appear like they are not processing, or remembering what is being said.

If you or someone you know is experiencing memory issues, it is worth getting a hearing assessment to rule out or confirm whether it is a factor. If hearing loss is a factor, treating it early can mitigate its impact on memory.

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

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Jan 17 2019

How hearing and short-term memory are linked

Do you experience trouble recalling the name of a person you just met or information you just received? While there are many possible reasons for this, one could be hearing loss. Several studies over the past few decades have shown that hearing loss can affect short term memory.

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Jan 09 2019

Make your hearing health a priority in 2019

Happy New Year from Accurate Hearing. While you’re making your resolutions, consider adding taking care of your hearing health to the list. It is just as important to have our hearing checked as other aspects of our health such as our vision. Make your hearing health a priority in 2019 and book a hearing screening today. If you have hearing aids, now is a great time to have them cleaned and checked.

To book an appointment please contact us at one of our convenient locations:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

 

 

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Dec 13 2018

Tips for facilitating communication with someone with hearing loss

In our last blog we discussed some tips for making communication easier when you have a hearing loss. Communication is a two-way street, so today’s blog will focus on the speaking partner of the person with hearing loss and what they can do to facilitate better communication.

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Dec 06 2018

Tips for better communication when you have a hearing loss

If you have a hearing loss you know it can take a lot of energy and focus to follow conversations. Our world is very busy and noisy, which doesn’t help. Following are some tips on how to make hearing a little easier.

  • Don’t be afraid to disclose that you have a hearing loss. Most people are quite willing to adapt to your needs and will be more understanding when you require repetition.
  • Ask people to rephrase if you didn’t understand them.
  • Context can help fill in the gaps when you miss things. If feasible, try to find out the topic of conversation beforehand. For example, if you’re having a meeting at work, ask your supervisor to provide a list of topics to be discussed.
  • If you have hearing aids make sure to take them in for regular maintenance to ensure they are working optimally.
  • When dining out try to find a place with minimal noise and good lighting so that you can see the face and lips of the people you are speaking with.

These are general guidelines and their effectiveness will depend largely on the environment and people you are communicating with. If you have any other tips that have worked for you please feel free to share them in the comments.

 

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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Nov 15 2018

Taking your hearing health to heart

Noise is not only bad for your hearing, it can also be bad for your heart. A recent study carried out at Massachusetts General Hospital has linked chronic noise exposure with increased risk of heart disease. The researchers followed 499 people for five years and found that people who were exposed to noise regularly were at higher risk of heart disease when other factors such as diet and lifestyle were taken into account.

The researchers believe exposure to loud noise triggers a stress response. Over time this stress response can cause blood vessel inflammation, leading to higher risk of heart disease and stroke.

If this is the case then this research provides another reason to protect yourself from noise. Avoid loud noise where you can. If you have a noisy workplace, make sure to wear hearing protection.

For more information on noise exposure and hearing loss 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 01 2018

Headphones and Hearing Aids

A question we often come across is “can I wear earphones or headphones with my hearing aids.” The answer depends on the type of hearing aids or earphones you have. Earbuds generally won’t work because with any style of hearing aid you will have a dome, mold, or the hearing aid itself in your ear canal, taking up the space you would normally put a bud.

However, headphones will work with most hearing aid styles. Custom hearing aids are worn in the ear canal, so headphones that fit over your ears will work with this style. Headphones will also work with behind the ear hearing aids as this style of aid sits tight against the top of your ear. When looking for headphones to use with this style of hearing aid make sure there is enough room for the headphone to fit entirely over your ear and the hearing aid. If the headphone sits directly on top of the hearing aid you may get feedback or a reduction in sound volume.

As with any headphones, make sure to listen at a low level to avoid hearing damage. For more information or to book a hearing consultation 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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