Why choose us?

  • Locally owned and operated
  • Warm, welcoming atmosphere
  • No commissions – we choose the product that’s best for you
  • 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

Sep 15 2016

Join us for Quinfest!

Accurate Hearing would like to invite you to join us for Quinfest. Stop by our office at 6156 Quinpool road on this Saturday, September 17th between 11:00am and 3:00pm for treats, cookies, and a free hearing screening.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Aug 22 2016

Join us for our summer social!

To show our appreciation for trusting your hearing needs to us we would like to invite you to our summer social on the following dates:

Lower Sackville: Tuesday August 23rd
Halifax: Wednesday August 24th
Cole Harbour: Thursday August 25th

Come visit us for some fresh summer fruit, music, and have your hearing aids cleaned and checked. If you have never been to us this is a great chance to meet our staff and set up your next hearing check-up!

We look forward to seeing you.

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Jul 27 2016

‘Shark Tank’ star on how hearing aids changed his life

Daymond John is the founder and CEO of fashion brand FUBU and star of the reality TV series ‘Shark Tank.’ He also has hearing loss which he attributes to noise exposure from years of listening to loud music while growing up.

He struggled for years, thinking people were mumbling or not speaking loud enough. Then he tried hearing aids and said the experience was like night and day. He currently wears Starkey HALO wireless hearing aids which allow him to stream audio from his phone directly to his hearing aids. He is also able to set preferences for specific places like his favorite restaurant, which the hearing aid remembers and adjusts accordingly whenever he goes back.

Daymond, like many, didn’t want to try hearing aids at first, but once he heard the difference they made he wouldn’t go back.

You can read his story at the link below:

http://cnnmon.ie/2ahMoOo

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Jul 07 2016

Is there relief for tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of a noise such as ringing or buzzing in the ears and affects about 1 in 5 people. It is rarely a sign of something serious, but can be quite bothersome. While there is no cure, there are ways to find relief.

Before seeking treatment make sure to have your ears and hearing thoroughly checked. Sometimes tinnitus can be caused by blockage from wax or infection. When these conditions are cleared up the tinnitus may go away. However, more often tinnitus is caused by hearing loss and is permanent in nature.

So what can be done to cope with permanent tinnitus? If the tinnitus as mild, avoiding silence can be very effective, as it is much more noticeable when there is no other noise around. The use of soft background sound such as music or a fan is often enough to mask the tinnitus so that it is no longer heard. For more severe cases there are masking devices that produce a variety of sounds from white noise to nature sounds. On many of these devices the level and tone can be adjusted to match the tinnitus.

If there is hearing loss, hearing aids will help. Simply reintroducing the sounds you are missing may be enough to mask the tinnitus. For more severe cases some hearing aids come with built in maskers.

It is also important to avoid loud noise as this can aggravate tinnitus. Reducing stimulants such as nicotine and caffeine can, in some cases, reduce the severity of tinnitus. These stimulants, as well as alcohol, can change blood flow and pressure, and the inner ear is very sensitive to these changes. Other important factors include fatigue and stress. Both can exacerbate tinnitus.

For more information on tinnitus and tinnitus solutions please contact Accurate Hearing at:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004
Halifax: 902-423-7734
Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Jun 22 2016

Summer is here: a reminder to protect your hearing

Summer is here. For many that means days full of outdoor activities: from concerts, to festivals, to parades, or may maybe work in the yard. All of these activities have the potential to damage our hearing.

For example, sound at concerts or festivals with live music can easily reach over 100 decibels, well over the limit for safe hearing. Many celebrations such as parades include marching bands, sirens, and horns, all of which can damage our hearing. We should also consider our hearing while doing yard work that includes noisy equipment such as lawn mowers.

So, should you avoid these situations? No. Part of the fun of summer is getting out and enjoying the festivities or simply working in the yard. Just remember to think about your hearing. If you are going to be in situations that involve loud noise, such as those mentioned, bring along some hearing protection. It can be as simple as over the counter foam plugs. For maximum protection ask your hearing care professional about custom noise and music plugs.

For more information on how to have fun and safely protect your hearing please feel free to contact Accurate Hearing at one of our three locations:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004
Halifax: 902-423-7734
Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Jun 02 2016

When was your last hearing check-up?

Have you had your hearing checked recently? Don’t worry. If you can’t remember when the last time was you had it checked you’re not alone. Many of us, sadly, take our hearing for granted and wait until we are having significant trouble before we have it evaluated. If you think about it though, most of us don’t treat our eyes or teeth the same way. So why our ears?

Hearing is an important sense. It keeps us connected to our friends, loved ones, and the world around us. Think of all that would be missed without it: stories around the dinner table, rocking out to your favorite song, the sounds of nature that accompany a walk in the woods, or the crashing of waves on the beach. When you think about it, it’s hard to imagine life without hearing. Which is why it’s so important to keep it tuned up with regular checks.

So when was the last time you had your hearing checked?

Please feel free to contact us for any of your hearing health questions:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004
Halifax: 902-423-7734
Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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May 10 2016

Eyes Checked. Teeth Checked. Hearing Checked? Hearing awareness month is the perfect time to have your hearing checked.

Hearing is one of our most important senses. It keeps us connected to the world: to our loved ones, our friends. Think of all the sounds that add richness to our lives: music, nature, and the people around us every day.

This is why it is so important to maintain our hearing health. We have our teeth and eyes checked regularly. Hearing is no different. At the very least it should be screened on regular basis regardless of your age or hearing ability. Maintaining your hearing throughout your life will ensure you remain connected to the world around you.

As part of our May hearing awareness campaign, we will be having several demo days. If you find your hearing ability is not what it used to be, early treatment is essential in order to maintain your connections to what is important to you.

We will be offering complimentary hearing evaluations and free demonstrations of the latest hearing technologies on the following dates:

May 16, 2016 in Halifax: 902-423-7734 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)

May 17, 2016 in Sackville: 902-252-3004 (9: 30 am to 4:30 pm)

May 25, 2016 in Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

Join us for special pricing and benefits on these dates (contact clinic for details). Space is limited.

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Apr 29 2016

Understanding Hearing Loss: Part 3

Your hearing ability not only depends on your hearing level, as we discussed last week, but also what frequencies or pitches you hear.

High frequency hearing loss:

The most common type of hearing loss is high frequency and most often occurs with aging or noise exposure. People with this configuration of hearing tend to be able to hear low pitch sounds well, but have difficulty hearing higher pitches such as alarms, birds, and crickets. For speech this means they miss consonants and often mix up similar sounds such as /sh/ and /ch/.

Since the low pitches are still heard fairly well, people with this type of hearing often don’t notice that their hearing is deteriorating right away. This is because they can still hear a lot of the sounds around them. The most prominent symptom of this type of hearing loss is noticing that others don’t sound clear or it sounds like they are mumbling. This can have a dramatic effect on ones quality of life as speech becomes more and more difficult to follow resulting in strained relationships and withdrawal from social activities.  Treating this type of hearing loss early on is very important to maintaining quality of life.

Low frequency hearing loss:

This is essentially the opposite of high frequency hearing loss and much less common, often caused by a blockage or mechanical issue with the eardrum or other parts of the hearing system. People usually notice this type of hearing loss more quickly as it perceptually results in a dramatic decrease in overall volume. If it is a mechanical problem it can sometimes be corrected surgically. If it cannot, it is important to treat early with hearing technology.

Flat hearing loss:

This is type of hearing loss spans the entire frequency range from low pitch to high pitch. People with this type of hearing loss will notice both a decrease in volume and decreased speech clarity. It can be caused by many factors, some of which include ageing, noise exposure, mechanical issues, or a combination. As with other types of hearing loss it should be treated as early as possible.

For more information or to book an appointment as part of your ongoing hearing health care please contact us at one of our convenient locations below.

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Halifax: 902-423-7734

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

 

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Apr 15 2016

Understanding hearing loss: Part 2

Last week we discussed levels of hearing. For a reminder see the table below.

Degree of hearing loss  (dB HL)
Normal –10 to 25
Mild 26 to 40
Moderate 41 to 55
Moderately severe 56 to 70
Severe 71 to 90
Profound 91+

Each level of hearing has different consequences for our hearing ability. Let’s explore these in more detail.

Mild hearing loss:
Someone in the mild range will have difficulty hearing soft sounds and they may miss some speech in noisy environments.

Moderate to moderately-severe hearing loss:
People in this range may not hear soft and moderately loud sounds. Normal human speech is roughly in this range so they may have difficulty if the person they are listening to does not make an effort to speak up. They will also find it very hard to follow conversation when there is background noise present.

Severe hearing loss:
In this range people may only hear very loud sounds. Without hearing technology communication can be very difficult to impossible if there is background noise present.

Profound:
At this level only very loud sounds are heard. Speech at any level cannot be heard without the use of hearing technology. With the use of hearing technology spoken communication is possible with some limitations.

This is a brief overview of the different levels of hearing and their effects. If you have questions or concerns about your hearing please book an appointment at one of our three convenient locations. Remember, routine hearing checks are an essential part of your overall health maintenance.

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Halifax: 902-423-7734

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Apr 01 2016

Understanding hearing loss: Part 1

After a hearing test, one of the inevitable questions is “how bad is my hearing.” This can be a tricky question to answer as your hearing ability is dependent not only the loudness at which you can hear, but also the pitch. For example someone who only has trouble hearing high pitches will have a much different hearing experience than someone who only has trouble hearing only low pitches.

Over the next few weeks we will look at the many factors that determine how well you hear. We will start with the simplest, which is your overall level of hearing. The table below shows the various levels of hearing loss in decibels. For example, a hearing loss of 50 dB means sound has to be at least 50 dB loud in order to be just barely heard.

 

Degree of hearing loss  (dB HL)
Normal –10 to 25
Mild 26 to 40
Moderate 41 to 55
Moderately severe 56 to 70
Severe 71 to 90
Profound 91+

 

Next week we will start to examine the effects each hearing level in detail.

If you have concerns about your hearing please phone Accurate Hearing to book a hearing screening at one of our 3 locations.

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

 

Halifax: 902-423-7734

 

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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