Have your hearing tested. Even if you don’t need or are not yet ready to pursue treatment of hearing loss, it’s always a very good idea to establish a baseline for your hearing.
Discuss any concerns you have related to your hearing with a qualified Hearing Healthcare Professional.
Pay attention to any changes you may notice in your environment. Are you turning up the volume on your TV or your Phone? Struggling to hear other people from across the room?
If you notice yourself withdrawing from situations you once enjoyed because it’s difficult to communicate, you need to seek help. If a hearing device is recommended this may help you stay fully engaged and active in your daily activities.
Protect your hearing when exposed to loud noise, a wide range of universal and custom earplugs are available for specific listening situations.
Don’t ignore other symptoms that may be related to your ears. Do your ears “ring” or make “hissing” noises? Do your ears feel full or plugged often? Both can be a sign of hearing loss or a more serious medical issue.
Those who seek help with their hearing early are likely to quickly adapt to hearing devices and have better outcomes. The longer you wait, the harder it is for your ear and your brain to make sense of these “new” sounds.
Don’t make the mistake of purchasing your hearing device online. Gathering information to become an informed consumer is great, but your hearing device should never be purchased online without first seeking the advice of a dedicated Hearing Healthcare Practitioner.
Be aware of other health conditions like (diabetes) that may put you at a greater risk for hearing loss.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that hearing loss as a minor issue that you can deal with by turning up the volume or asking the people around you to speak louder. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to higher incidences of depression, cognitive impairment, and imbalance/falls. Making sure to keeping your ears fully active can have a positive effect on your overall health.
Hearing loss comes in all shapes and sizes. A hearing device that works great for one person may not be appropriate for another's hearing loss. Choosing a trusted team of professionals who will guide you through the process of identifying and understanding your hearing loss and walk you through the steps to improve your hearing in the situations that matter most is the best thing you can do.
Choose the Right Specialists for Your Hearing Instruments
The hearing experts at Nu-Life Hearing Centre can identify the causes, and the solutions, to your personal hearing loss situation.
At Nu-Life Hearing Centre, our team is dedicated to making sure our clients are completely happy and comfortable with their hearing instruments. We will make sure that your visits are productive and leave you feeling as if you can take control of your hearing and stop missing out on your daily life activities. Contact us today (905) 697-3838 for a state of the art hearing evaluation and consultation.
Brain hearing technology is revolutionizing the way people make sense of sound. That’s why Nu-Life Hearing Centre is so enthusiastic about being at the forefront to introduce it to our clients. Nu-Life Hearing Centre is dedicated to bringing the medical aspect back into our audiology industry by focusing on our unique and structured rehabilitation program, including; hearing instrument prescription, verification, brain fitness and client centred care. Numerous studies have now found a strong correlation with hearing loss and risk of cognitive decline. According to Dr. Frank Lin and his colleagues at John Hopkins University, hearing loss has also shown a link between the severity of hearing loss and the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. A related study completed by the same team found that older adults with hearing loss were far more likely to experience problems with thinking and memory than individuals with normal hearing. This indicated that "hearing loss should not
be considered an inconsequential part of aging. It may come with some long-term consequences to healthy brain functioning.”
Therefore; unaddressed hearing loss not only affects the listener’s ability to “hear” the sound accurately, but it also affects a person’s cognitive function. Even more specifically, it interferes with the listener’s ability to accurately process the auditory information and make sense of it.
If you don’t use it, You Lose it
With a hearing loss, we are now lacking the auditory stimulation necessary to help understand conversation, recall auditory memories and process speech. Therefore; after years of unaddressed hearing loss, we can hypothesize that this may be a direct effect of cognitive decline. We simply don’t engage and stimulate our brain as we did without a hearing loss.
Let’s use language for an example. In my own experience, I was fluent in French growing up as I attended French emersion from age 4 until age 13. I spoke in French at school, with my siblings, and even friends. After the age of 13, I did not continue speaking the French language as I was no longer in French emersion. Now after 20 years of not engaging in French conversation, it is extremely broken and difficult for me to understand and speak the language.
This is very similar to the effects of having a hearing loss. Over a long period of time without auditory stimulation our ability to hear and understand speech is compromised. The Temporal Lobe within our brain that is involved in auditory perception eventually re-wires itself to focus on other motor skills (such as vision). We no longer use this part of the brain as it once was used for auditory perception and is also attributed to gray matter atrophy in the auditory areas of the brain.
What is Brain Hearing?
Most people think of hearing as something that just happens in your ears. What people don’t think about is what happens between their ears, in the hearing centre of their brain. That’s where sound becomes information that the brain must interpret, and there’s a lot of different ways this information can get misunderstood and affect hearing.
With so much of your hearing happening inside the brain, it’s important that hearing care focuses on supporting the brain as much as the ears. This is where Brain Hearing comes in. It preserves the important details in speech, so your brain doesn’t have to fill in the gaps, and reduces the effort involved in listening to conversations.
Brain hearing also enables your hearing instruments to work together as a system to help locate sound and focus on what is important, helping your brain interpret sound with the clearest, purest signal.
Learning to Hear Again (rehabilitation)
When an unaddressed hearing loss is delayed without amplification of a hearing aid, it becomes increasingly difficult even with a hearing aid to be able to transform the incoming sound signals into understandable information. This means that the brain no longer recognizes ordinary everyday sounds and noises and must learn to hear them all over again. Nu-Life Hearing Centre is excited to announce that together with Neurologists and other Physicians, we have created our own rehabilitation program that will be put into trial very soon. We theorize that our innovative and proprietary rehabilitation program that we call “Brain Fitness” will encompass a unique strategy to help improve the ability to perceive amplified speech. We believe that our rehabilitation plan will also engage cognitive processes through active auditory listening exercises as well as sharpen the auditory cortex to help people think faster, focus better and remember more.
If you are interested in more information please contact Nu-Life Hearing Centre today at 905-697-3838.
Yet again, another happy client!
Evelyn contacted us in 2013 with multiple issues with her current hearing aids. She was unable to watch the TV and use the telephone. It became quite obvious to us that her hearing aids were insufficient for her hearing loss and her lifestyle. Upon many adjustment to her existing hearing aids we soon realized that they were not the right hearing aids for her. With new advanced technology we were able to fit Evelyn with a hearing aid that is perfect for her lifestlye and hearing loss. She is now able to call her brother long distance and enjoy having conversations again on the telephone! Her neighbours are thrilled at the fact they no longer have to listen to the same show that Evelyn chooses to watch.
Are you listening to TV that you have no choice but to listen to? Is your loved one suffering with a hearing loss that is effecting those around them?
We're more than happy to help clients with existing hearing aids or introduce new users to some of the most advanced technology on the market.
Is your loved one in a nursing home or retirement community?
We have portable technology that enables us to perform full hearing assessments and adjustments in the comfort of their home.
Call us today for a complimentary hearing assessment or consultation.
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SUMMERTIME AND HEARING INSTRUMENTS
It’s summer time. People are busy enjoy the warm weather, at the cottage, the beach, enjoying outdoor BBQ’s poolside, camping, hiking, and for some working outdoors in these hot and humid temperatures.
While you’re enjoying this wonderful season, its good to keep in mind some extra precautions when wearing your hearing aid.
When applying sunscreen, remove your hearing aids. With today’s light and comfortable hearing aids, it’s easy to forget they are even in your ears. To prevent any lotions from clogging up the hearing aids microphones, we recommend taking the hearing aids out of your ears when applying sunscreen to your face, neck and ears. Also remember to wash the sunscreen off of your hands after applying so when handling hearing aids, the will stay lotion free.
Take your hearing aids out when going swimming! When around the pool or lake and you know you’ll be swimming. Leave your hearing aids behind. As mentioned above, it’s easy to forget you’re wearing hearing aids and often when you jump in the water, the hearing aids may just end up going for a swim too.
If this does happen, its important to get the hearing aids out of water right away, absorb all water remaining on the hearing instrument. After remaining water is removed, remove battery and leave battery door open. Option one is to place the hearing aid in rice for 24-48 hours. Option two is to keep hearing in a Dry-Aid Kit. Both methods will help illuminate any moisture from the hearing aid. Most hearing aid manufactures do use a special coating to make the hearing aids water resistant, but this doesn’t mean you can take them swimming with you. Unless your hearing aid is waterproof, please keep them away from water including pools, hot tubs, sprinklers etc.)
Do not leave hearing aids in direct sunlight. Hearing aids need to be treated like all of your electronic devices. Leaving electronics in the sunlight can cause problems with your hearing aid such as: faster battery drain, strain on the components of the hearing aids and moisture issues. Most hearing aids have plastic material on them and high temperatures can cause the plastic is become distorted.
When in doubt, contact your specialist. They are here to help you with any problem you come across with your hearing aids.
Verifying Hearing Instruments Using REM
by Chelsea McDonald H.I.D & Ryan Steckley H.I.S
As Hearing Instrument Specialist, it is our job to provide our clients with the best hearing possible, using best practices. These best practices include a proper audiometric assessment, hearing aid selection, counseling, fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments. Proper fitting and programming practicing have a big influence on whether or not the client wears the hearing aid or puts it away for safe keeping.
What is “TINNITUS”?
by Ryan Steckley H.I.S
As we approach “hearing awareness month”, I thought it would be relative to write about tinnitus, a very common medical condition that many of us experience. Tinnitus is a medical term for ringing in the ears’, often interpreted as “ringing”, “buzzing”, “hissing”, “static” or “crickets”.
by Ryan Steckley H.I.S
As we approach the end of 2014, I have noticed a steady increase in the concern of hearing loss and how it affects our daily lives. So my question to the public who are concerned about hearing loss is: are people becoming more aware of hearing loss because of the fact that they cannot hear as well as they used to? Or, is it that people are becoming more educated in the subject and issues surrounding hearing loss and are interested in preventavtive measures?
Lets look into some vital signs of hearing loss and what to expect with a hearing impairment. But before we get into the subject of signs of hearing loss, lets first examine some interesting facts on hearing loss.