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Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on December 31, 2018
Many people with hearing loss express the same frustrations: “I can hear the TV, but I can’t make out what the actors are saying”, or “My children speak loud enough but I just can’t understand them”. The ability to distinguish words is often reduced in people who have sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of hearing...
Humanitarian Hearing Programs
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on December 24, 2018
Navigating life with hearing loss can be difficult, but in impoverished areas where hearing health care is unavailable, it can be devastating. Many people with hearing loss are unable to work or obtain an education. International humanitarian programs help bridge the gap by sending hearing health providers and trained volunteers all over the world to test hearing...
Do’s and don’ts of getting hearing aids
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on December 20, 2018
Getting hearing aids is a big decision and a smart investment towards your future quality of life. Before you make the decision, consider these tips to help ensure you get the best hearing aids for your needs. Do’s 1. Do speak with a hearing professional about situations you want to hear and communicate in better. 2. Do bring a third party or significant...
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on December 17, 2018
Many toys for children are meant to be stimulating, with flashing lights, songs, and vibrations. But studies show that some of these toys produce sounds that may be damaging to young ears, especially since children tend to sit very close to the speaker. We suggest you look for toys with adjustable volume controls, but what do you do if your child’s favourite...
Do’s and don’ts of communicating in a busy environment
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on December 11, 2018
Hearing aids are amazing! But even people with normal hearing can sometimes struggle in loud environments. If you find yourself in a busy environment, these tips can help. Do’s 1. Do look at the people you are speaking with. We all use visual cues whether we realize it or not. 2. Do try to situate yourself in good lighting to see everyone’s face. 3....
The Difference Between Listening and Hearing
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on December 10, 2018
Have you ever caught yourself looking at someone, knowing that she just said something because you heard it, but you have no idea what she said? Hearing is passive: it is the brain picking up the sound. Listening, on the other hand, is active. The brain needs to take the sound and interpret for meaning. Being distracted, tired, or overwhelmed can affect the...
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on December 03, 2018
Misophonia is a negative emotional reaction to sound. Common triggers include the sound of chewing, breathing, ticking clocks, air conditioners, or barking dogs. Often these sounds are considered “background noise” and are present in many environments. Reactions can vary from mild discomfort, to anger, to panic. Sometimes relief can be found in...
Automatic Adaptation and Hearing Aids
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on November 26, 2018
People who wear hearing aids often find their needs change over time. What might have been a comfortable loudness level a few months ago is now too quiet. Automatic adaptation allows for hearing aids to make subtle changes behind the scenes, by slowly and automatically adjusting the volume over time to a more appropriate level. Another type of automatic adaptation...
How do you say, “It’s also an ear-worn language translator”?
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on November 20, 2018
Introduced less than two months ago, Livio AI hearing aids are already changing how people think of and use hearing aids. Why? Because Livio AI is the first multi-purpose hearing device that not only sounds better than other hearing aids out there, it also let you track your brain and body health, stream music, phone calls and more from your smartphone, and...
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on November 19, 2018
Although most people consider ear wax a nuisance, it does help protect the body from foreign substances and objects. There are many variations in ear wax, from paper-thin and flaky to thick and goopy, and it comes in a range of colours from dark brown to light yellow. There is no such thing as a normal amount of ear wax, but when the ear canal is full of wax it...
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on November 15, 2018
Did you know that there is a simple, inexpensive technology that has been helping hearing aid wearers in public places for many years? It’s called a loop system. A wire is placed around a specific area, which can be as small as a countertop or as large as a theatre. A microphone picks up sound and conducts it to the looped area. People within the loop can...
The connection between diabetes and hearing loss
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on November 14, 2018
The relationship between hearing loss and diabetes has long been debated. But research now concludes that hearing loss is more prevalent in adults with diabetes. One research study included data from participants ranging in age from 20 to 69. Important information they found: People with diabetes were 2x more likely to have hearing loss than people without. ...
The Role of Family in Hearing Health
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on November 05, 2018
Most of us would not consider asking other people to drive us around because we refuse to wear glasses. But what about if we can’t hear? Whether due to cost, perceived stigma, or simply not feeling that the hearing loss is significant, many people go without hearing aids who could benefit from them. It is often family members who shoulder the responsibility...
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on October 29, 2018
Have you ever experienced a feeling of spinning when changing position, such as standing or sitting quickly, rolling over, or turning/tipping your head? You’re not alone. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is very common among adults, and usually goes away in less than a minute. There are many identified causes but is often present without any known...
Hearing Aid Accessories: Spotlight on the Remote Microphone
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on October 22, 2018
How far away can someone hear well with hearing aids? An informal survey conducted in the U.S. showed that many people reported an effective listening distance of three to six feet. How, then, can hearing aids help when the speaker is further away, such as at a meeting, or in a theater? This is where the remote microphone shines. A small remote microphone can relay...
You can now fine-tune your hearing aids from anywhere
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on October 19, 2018
With our new telehealth program, Hearing Care Anywhere, Livio™ AI hearing aid wearers can request minor adjustments to their hearing aids from their hearing care professional — without needing to make an appointment or stop into their office. Hearing Care Anywhere is convenient, and it’s easy to use If you’re a hearing aid wearer, you know...
Hearing Benefits for Alberta Residents
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on October 15, 2018
Have you ever wondered who can get funding for hearing aids? Alberta Aids to Daily Living provides hearing benefits for children, post-secondary students, and seniors over the age of 65 and their spouses. As well, a person whose hearing loss is workplace-related may be eligible under the Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta program, or another...
I Hear Fine! The (Often) Gradual Nature of Hearing Loss
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on October 09, 2018
It’s easy to point out that someone else is experiencing hearing loss, but it’s much harder to look at ourselves and come to the same conclusion. Why is that? On average, it takes a difference of 1.5 decibels before a person can detect a change in volume. Often hearing loss is so gradual that it can be a year or more before a person’s hearing...
Hearing Protection and Hunting
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on October 02, 2018
Hunters listen for the soft rustling of grass, the crunch of snow and the crack of twigs that help them pinpoint their targets. Many hunters shy away from wearing hearing protection because they believe it will interfere with their ability to track. However, there are options that provide both hearing protection when a rifle is fired and amplification when hunters...
Stream Like Never Before with Three New Wireless Accessories
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on September 14, 2018
Designed to provide universal connectivity and greater streaming capabilities, three new wireless hearing aid accessories from Starkey Hearing Technologies work with Livio AI hearing aids to help you engage with the world around you. The TV While the Thrive Hearing app also enables direct streaming of audio, music and more with Livio AI hearing aids, we know...
Introducing A Hearing Revolution - Livio AI Hearing Aids
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on September 07, 2018
A hearing revolution has arrived. Brand-new from Starkey® Hearing Technologies comes the world’s first healthable hearing aid with integrated sensors and artificial intelligence. Able to track brain and body health, Livio™ AI puts your hearing health in your hands via a new mobile app – the Thrive™ Hearing app – and a suite of new...
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