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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

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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Jan 31 2018

Why hearing aids are not like glasses

If you have glasses you probably remember that moment when you were fit with your first pair: the moment the world came into focus. With glasses the improvement in our vision is often dramatic and immediate. Many people who wear hearing aids ask why it is not the same for hearing. Continue reading

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Jan 18 2018

How should I clean my ears?

Ever heard the saying don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ears? Well, it’s true for the most part. So, if that is the case, how do you get rid of irritating earwax?

Earwax, or cerumen, is a natural occurring substance produced by our bodies. It gradually moves along your ear canal taking dirt, bacteria, and other debris such as dead skin cells with it. It is an entirely natural mechanism that helps keep your ears clean and healthy. Under normal circumstances it works its way out of your ear on its own through jaw movements such as chewing.

If the system is working properly you don’t have to clean your ears, just take a cloth or cotton swab and apply gently to the outside of your ear, around the canal, to get rid of wax that has already worked its way out. DO NOT STICK THE SWAB INTO YOUR EAR CANALS! Continue reading

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Jan 10 2018

The connection between your vision and hearing

Did you know that where you are looking may influence how well you hear? A recent study published in Scientific Reports looked at the effect of gaze direction on hearing, with some interesting results. They found that the brain needs to work harder to hear when we are looking away from what we are listening to. This happened even when participants were put in a dark room and asked to either direct their gaze at a speaker in front of them or look away. When they looked away the researchers found that the participant’s reaction times were slower and their brain was more active (working harder to listen for the sound). Continue reading

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Dec 29 2017

Happy New Year from Accurate Hearing

Accurate Hearing will be closing at 11:00am on Friday, December 29th for the New Year weekend and returning to regular hours on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Happy New Year!

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Dec 14 2017

Beware of noisy toys

Noisy toys that emit music, beeps, sirens and other loud sounds can be great fun for kids, but more than likely a little annoying to the adults around them. Besides the annoyance, did you know they could potentially put children’s hearing at risk?

That’s right, children’s ears are especially sensitive to noise, so, special care should be taken not to expose them to too much. Instead of something that emits a lot of noise, consider something a little quieter this Christmas. Board games, puzzles, Lego and other building sets are great ideas that won’t harm sensitive ears.

Of course they may have their heart set on the latest noisy gadget, so, just keep the noise level in mind as the big day approaches.

For more information or to have your hearing evaluated 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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Dec 08 2017

Communication tips for the Holidays

The Holiday Season will soon be upon us and with it many social gatherings at work and home. For people with hearing loss these often noisy situations can be very difficult. Below you will find some tips for making communication easier.

If you have a hearing loss:
1. Make sure to face the person or persons you are speaking with whenever possible. Whether we realize it or not we all use facial cues for context, and this helps us understand what is being said. This takes on even more importance if you have a hearing loss.
2. Try to avoid background noise as much as possible. For example, if you go out to a noisy restaurant try to sit as far from the main entrance and the kitchen as possible. If one is available try sitting at a booth rather than an open table. When at home try to reduce distracting noise from televisions, computers, and radios.
3. Make sure your hearing aids are in good working order if you have them. Regular cleaning and maintenance is imprtant to keep them working optimally.

If you are hosting someone who has a hearing loss:
1. Make sure the dining area is well lit as this can help people see the facial cues of others at the table.
2. If someone does not understand what you said, try re-phrasing it with different words rather than repeating the same sentence again.
3. Try to reduce as much of the background noise as possible by turning off televisions, radios, and other sources of noise.

We hope these tips will help you and your loved ones make the most of this Holiday Season. If you have any questions regarding hearing or would like 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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Nov 23 2017

Could your daily commute contribute to hearing loss?

It is a fact of life that cities are noisy places. Could that noise be contributing to hearing loss?

A recent study conducted in Toronto suggests yes, it could. Measurements were taken in various vehicles: subway, streetcars, buses and cars, and while waiting on the street or platform. While the average noise did not reach levels that would cause hearing loss, short bursts of noise such as squeeling brakes and screeching tires did.

Over time continued exposure to loud bursts of noise can lead to permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. So, what’s the answer? Hearing protection such as custom or foam plugs could help protect our ears from short bursts of noise while commuting to and from work.

For more information please contact Accurate Hearing at:

Lower Sacville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

 

For the study please see the link below:

https://journalotohns.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40463-017-0239-6

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Nov 15 2017

Everything you want to know about tinnitus part 5: Management

So, you have been diagnosed with tinnitus. What now? Treatment of tinnitus will largely depend on the cause.

Sometimes tinnitus is caused by a reversible condition such as earwax, fluid, or other obstructions in the outer and middle ear. In these cases simply removing the obstruction will usually alleviate the tinnitus.

If your tinnitus is due to hearing loss, especially noise induced hearing loss, then it is mostly likely a permanent condition. Though there is no cure, tinnitus can be managed through a combination of counselling and sound therapy.

The main thing to remember about tinnitus is that quiet is the enemy. For most people, the more quiet their environment, the more they notice their tinnitus. This is because noise tends to distract us from the tinnitus, effectively masking or covering it up. So what do you do when you are in a quiet room or lying down to sleep?

Masking the tinnitus with an outside noise has been proven to be an effective way to manage tinnitus for most people. It can be as simple as a fan on the table or at your bedside. For more severe cases noise generators called tinnitus maskers are available with everything from white noise to nature sounds to choose from.

Hearing aids have also been proven to help by amplifying sounds that you have been missing, which in turn helps mask the tinnitus. Most models also have a tinnitus masker built in, which can be accessed at the push of a button. With the advent of wireless hearing aids you can also link your phone or other devices to stream sounds or music directly to your hearing aid, greatly expanding the number of options for masking your tinnitus.

The point here is that if you have tinnitus you don’t have to suffer in silence. Contact your local hearing health care professionals for an assessment and to go over treatment options. For more information or to book a tinnitus or hearing evaluation contact Accurate Hearing at one of our locations below:

 

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Nov 09 2017

Everything you want to know about tinnitus part 4: Medication and Tinnitus

Tinnitus, both temporary and permanent, can be a side effect of many medications. The most common classes of medication associated with tinnitus include: antibacterial drugs, anti-inflammatory’s like Aspirin and Ibuprofen in high doses, diuretics, antimalarial drugs, and chemotherapy medications. Some of these drugs, such as those for chemotherapy, are associated with hearing loss as well.

Not every drug in these classes has a strong link to tinnitus, so it is important to check the list of side effects or ask your prescriber if you are on one of these classes of drugs.

If you are on a regimen of drugs that have tinnitus or hearing loss as a side effect you should have your hearing checked before starting the drugs and continue to have it checked periodically throughout the course of treatment.

If tinnitus or hearing loss do occur you could discuss dosage options or changing to a similar drug without these side effects. Changing the dose or drug will not always be possible, so be sure to follow your prescriber’s recommendations.

For more information or to book a tinnitus or hearing evaluation contact Accurate Hearing at one of our locations below:

 

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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