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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


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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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Nov 02 2017

Everything you want to know about tinnitus part 3: Diet

We commonly talk about noise exposure and hearing loss in relation to tinnitus. While these are the most significant factors, diet can also play a role in tinnitus. While there is no evidence that our diet directly causes tinnitus, there is some evidence that it can have an effect on its severity.

Certain substances in our diet can constrict blood vessels and increase blood pressure. The inner ear is supplied by tiny blood vessels and is very sensitive to changes in blood flow. Common food and drink that have this effect include caffeine, salt, and alcohol. Again, these substances do not cause tinnitus, but they can aggravate it in some people.

On the other hand, a few people report that small amounts of caffeine and alcohol sometimes lessens the severity of their tinnitus. The best thing to do if you have tinnitus is try cutting these substances out for a little while and see if there is an improvement in the frequency an or severity of your tinnitus.

Smoking is another activity that can impede blood flow. Studies show that there is at least some relation to smoking and tinnitus severity, so it’s best to minimize or stop smoking altogether if possible.

Some people report certain foods aggravate their tinnitus. However, the foods implicated are highly varied and studies are unclear if certain foods affect tinnitus. Again, the best thing to do if you think a specific food is contributing to your tinnitus is to cut it out for a while and see if it leads to a change in your tinnitus.

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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Oct 26 2017

Everything you want to know about tinnitus part 2: Noise

Let’s talk about one of the biggest contributors to tinnitus: noise. Loud noise is one of the greatest threats to our hearing. On top of that, noise induced hearing loss more often than not is accompanied by tinnitus. In fact, tinnitus is often the first warning sign that hearing damage is occurring (ever notice that ringing in your ears after a loud concert or movie?).

Noise exposure can largely be divided into workplace and recreational. Common jobs that put people at more risk of noise exposure include construction, military service, factory work, farming, and airport ground staff. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but includes some of the most potentially noisy jobs. Common sources of recreational noise include concerts, movies, fireworks, power tools, and some household appliances like blenders.

Most hearing loss and tinnitus due to noise takes some time and chronic exposure to develop. However, there are some situations where noise can damage your hearing right away, often permanently. These include standing too close to fireworks, gun blasts, and explosions without hearing protection.

Of course the sources of noise are wide and varied. This list only includes the most common. As a general rule, if the noise is loud enough that you have difficulty hearing and following the conversation of the people next to you, it’s potentially damaging and could lead to hearing loss and tinnitus.

The most effective way of preventing noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus is to use hearing protection when avoiding noise is not possible. This includes at concerts and when using household power tools, not just at noisy job sites. If hearing protection is used consistently, much of the tinnitus and hearing loss due to noise exposure can be avoided.

For more information or to book a hearing evaluation, please contact Accurate Hearing at one of our two convenient locations:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Oct 19 2017

Everything you want to know about tinnitus part 1: What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the term for the sensation of hearing a sound in your ears when there is no external sound present. All of us will experience it once in awhile, but for some it is constant. The vast majority of chronic tinnitus is a symptom of damage or trauma to the hearing system. Although, short bursts of tinnitus can be a warning signs of damage too if they occure after noise exposure, such as an evening at a loud concert.

Tinnitus comes in many forms, most often described as ringing or buzzing. While these are the most common descriptions, some people report other sounds like hissing, sizzling, or pulsing. Tinnitus affects 1 in 5 people and is the number one disability for military veterans.

There are two main forms of tinnitus:

  1. Subjective, which is the perception of noise in the head that no one else can hear.
  2. Objective, which is noise in the head that others can hear such as clicking in the middle ear.

The causes of tinnitus are varied with the most common ones being noise exposure, aging, head injury, and side effects of medication.

Most often tinnitus is not curable, but can be managed with counselling, lifestyle changes, sound therapy, and hearing aids in many cases. Less often tinnitus can be caused by something as simple as an ear canal full of wax. In such cases removing the wax alleviates the tinnitus.

If you have tinnitus the first step is to have a full hearing evaluation to help determine the cause. Once this is done a treatment or management regimen can begin.

Over the next several blogs we will delve into the causes and treatment of tinnitus in detail. Until then, if you have questions or are suffering from tinnitus please feel free to contact Accurate Hearing at:


Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Oct 13 2017

Join us at the 2017 Cobequid Walk Run!

Every year the Cobequid Foundation hosts a Walk Run to raise funds and awareness for the Cobequid Community Health Centre. Accurate Hearing is proud to volunteer at the water stop. So come out and join us in supporting a great cause this Sunday, October 15th.

If you would like more information or to donate, or sign up, please visit the Walk Run website: www.cobequidwalkrun.ca

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Sep 28 2017

The future is wireless

Everywhere you look we seem to be going wireless: from phones, to computers, even everyday appliances. Hearing aids are no exception. But, what does this mean and how does it benefit you?

A wireless set of hearing aids can communicate with each other. This means that if one hearing aid adjusts itself because there is a lot of background noise, it will “tell” the other hearing aid what it’s doing so that hearing aid can adjust itself accordingly. Having the hearing aids work together in this way leads to more precise adjustments and better hearing. Another benefit is that a button on one hearing aid can be used to change the volume on both, instead of having to change the volume on each hearing aid independently. With wireless technology a remote control can also be used to adjust the hearing aids simultaneously.

Wireless technology allows your hearing aids to stream sound from other wireless devices like phones, televisions, and computers. For example, if you have a Bluetooth compatible phone, a simple streamer worn around your neck will send calls directly to your hearing aids. With this setup up you can have a hands free conversation, amplified through your hearing aids. Some of the newest models don’t even require the streamer, with the signal transmitted directly from the phone to your hearing aids.

Some wireless hearing aid models can also be connected to your TV or computer via an intermediary device, which then sends the sound directly to your hearing aids, just like wearing a wireless headset. This is a great solution if your friends and family have mentioned that the TV is too loud. They can listen at a level that is comfortable for them, while you can hear the audio amplified through your hearing aids.

With your hearing aids connected to your phone or computer you can essentially stream any audio, from music to your favorite shows or audiobooks. This works well for tinnitus relief as you could stream music, nature, or other sounds to mask your tinnitus.

For more information on wireless options please feel free to contact Accurate Hearing at:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Sep 14 2017

Balance and Dizzness Part 3: Treatment and Management

Treatment of dizziness will depend on the cause and can include exercises, medication, and lifestyle changes. Two of the most common disorders of the inner ear related to dizzines are Meniere’s and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Treatment for Meniere’s will often include medication such as Serc for acute episodes of dizziness, and lifetstyle changes such as reduced salt and caffeine intake for longer term management. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, a condition that causes dizziness with head movement, can be alleviated through specific head and neck exercises prescribed by a professional trained in balance management.

For conditions not related to the inner ear, treating the underlying cause may alleviate the dizziness. For example, medication to prevent migraines or medication to regulate blood pressure. As discussed in our blog on causes of dizziness, disorders related to our eyes and muscles can also cause balance issues. Again, here proper diagnosis is very important so that the underlying cause of the dizziness can be treated.

Sometimes hearing loss can lead to dizziness as well. Some individuals feel dizzy when their hearing is not balanced. Treating the underlying hearing loss can improve balance in this situation.

It should be clear that proper diagnosis is paramount to effective treatment. If you are experiencing balance issues contact your doctor for an assessment. For further questions and information please feel free to contact Accurate Hearing at one of our locations below.

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

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Sep 07 2017

Balance and Dizziness Part 2: Diagnosis

Last time we discussed some of the causes of dizziness. Today we will look at the first steps to take if you are experiencing dizziness and how health professionals go about diagnosing the cause.

First and foremost, if you are experiencing dizziness you should see your doctor. It is helpful to bring a list of symptoms and relevant information. For example, how often does the dizziness occur, how long does it last, how severe is it, when did it start? In addition you should mention any symptoms that may occur with it such as changes in hearing, ringing in your ears, heart palpatations, and headaches to name a few. Mention them even if you’re not sure if they’re relevant as this information can help the professional diagnose the cause.

Since many instances of dizziness and balance issues are related to the inner ear, a hearing test is very important. From the results your doctor may be able to determine the cause such as in the case of Meniere’s. In addition your doctor may refer you to a balance specialist for further testing. There they will perform an evaluation which may include head and neck exercises to help determine the cause. Depending on the result these exercises may be used for treatment as well.

In rare cases you will be sent for a scan to determine if there are structural abnormalities or growths on the hearing and balance nerve or in the brain that may be contributing to your balance issues.

Once the cause is known a treatment regimen can begin. Next time we will look at the options available for balance management.

For more information please contact Accurate Hearing at:

Lower Sacville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327


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