Category Archives: Managing your hearing

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Aug 03 2018

Humidity and your hearing aids

It’s hot out there! Did you know that humidity can impact how your hearing aids are working? High humidity can cause moisture to buildup in your hearing aids, particularly under the microphone covering and in the battery compartment. How can you protect your hearing aids from excess moisture? Storing them somewhere safe and dry, with […]

Jul 12 2018

Sudden hearing loss? Seek medical attention ASAP!

Have you ever woken up with a hearing loss you didn’t have the previous day? Over 6000 Canadians will experience sudden hearing loss annually. This is not a condition to be taken lightly. Often we see patients who wait to seek medical attention for a week or more. This is not good because treatment for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.