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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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Sep 27 2018

Can hearing aids be waterproof?

With all the rain we have had over the past few days you might be wondering if you can get hearing aids that are waterproof. While no hearing aid is truly waterproof, many are water resistant.

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Sep 13 2018

Types of hearing loss: Mixed

Previously we have discussed sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both types of hearing loss. For example one may have a sensorineural hearing loss due to noise exposure, and further hearing loss on top of that due to wax, fluid, infection, or other conditions that block sound from getting to the inner ear.

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Sep 06 2018

Types of hearing loss: Conductive

A conductive hearing loss occurs when an obstruction or physical abnormality prevents sound from reaching the inner ear. Common symptoms of conductive hearing loss include:

1. A feeling of fullness or pressure.
2. Pain.
3. Your own voice sounds hollow or like it is reverberating.
4. Tinnitus (often a low pitch humming or buzzing, but can include all pitches).
5. Difficulty hearing.

Many instances of conductive hearing loss occur in one ear only, which means the above symptoms will usually occur in one ear. That being said, sometimes conductive hearing loss affects both ears. So, what are the causes of conductive hearing loss?

1. A buildup of earwax.
2. Pressure in the middle ear.
3. Fluid buildup in the middle ear.
4. Infection of the outer or middle ear.
5. Otosclerosis, which is a fusion of the tiny bones of the middle ear, stopping them from conducting sound properly.
6. Damage to the eardrum, such as a perforation.
7. Cholesteatoma, which is a non-cancerous skin growth in the middle ear.

Fortunately, most instances of conductive hearing loss are reversible with proper medical intervention. For example, clearing the wax, or treating an ear infection will result in a clearing of symptoms if these are the causes. For fluid that doesn’t clear up on its own, an Ear Nose and Throat specialist will often insert a tube to drain it.

No matter the cause, if you are experiencing symptoms of conductive hearing loss, the first step is to have a hearing evaluation to identify the problem and find the right solution. 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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Aug 30 2018

Accurate Hearing will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for Labour Day

Please note that our offices will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for Labour Day. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, September 4th.

Have a safe and fun long weekend.

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Aug 23 2018

Types of hearing loss: Sensorineural

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common form of hearing loss. It is also the most insidious as it often occurs very gradually, leading people to have a hard time identifying it until it becomes a significant problem. However, you can identify it early if you know what signs to look for.

Early signs of sensorineural hearing loss:

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Aug 08 2018

Is hearing loss inevitable?

Hearing loss is more prevalent among older populations. However, is hearing loss inevitable as we age? The answer is complicated. It’s true there are more instances of hearing loss in older people, but is this due to ageing itself or a lifetime of accumulated noise exposure. The answer is likely some of both.

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