Hearing and Memory

Do you remember what the pastor said last week?  It might be easier for you to recall what he wore and how his handshake felt.   If you think your memory is foggy, or mistakenly blaming it on daydreaming, don’t.  A University of Iowa study found that auditory memory is inferior to visual and tactile memory: [...]

Hearing Loss & Dementia, Is there really a connection?

HEARING LOSS & DEMENTIA, Is there really a connection? The ongoing debate about Hearing Loss and Dementia. Is there a link? Are there causative factors? Can anything be done? By Tina Kaur RN, Viva Hears, Screening Program Coordinator. Articles and research studies have recently been discussing the notion that those with hearing loss go on [...]

Learn about Exostosis

Repeated exposure to cold, whether that be wind and/or water may cause an abnormal growth of bone within the ear canal. This is called exostosis or bony exotosis. The medical term for this bone growth is Exostosis, but more commonly is referred to as ‘surfer's ear’. This name comes from the fact that the most [...]

Ototoxicity, from your medicine cabinet to the workplace

Ototoxicity is the property of being toxic to the ear (oto-), sometimes as a drug side-effect. The effects of ototoxicity, although possibly reversible and temporary, can be irreversible and permanent. Many ototoxic drugs are well known and used in clinical situations. These include those often prescribed for very serious health conditions, despite the risk of hearing disorders. Ototoxic drugs include antibiotics such [...]

What is Hearing to Canadians?

Impact of Hearing Loss The impact of hearing loss is not simply measured in decibels. Hearing loss is an individual experience, and how the individual copes will depend on a great many factors, including early versus late onset, the progressive nature of the loss (gradual vs. sudden), the severity of the loss, communication demands, and [...]

Night Shift Work Makes Diabetes Control Difficult

People with type 2 diabetes have poorer control over their blood glucose levels when they work the night shift compared with those who work in the daytime or are unemployed, a new study finds. The study results showed that poor long-term glycemic, or blood sugar, control, was independent of what workers ate or any sleep [...]

How big are hearing aids?

When I have prescribed amplification for a person with hearing loss we often enter into the conversation of, “How big are they?” Hearing Aids, or Amplification Devices as some may call them come in a range of size, whether they’re sitting deep inside your ear canal being thought of as, ‘invisible’ or if they’re sitting [...]

Allergies & Associated Hearing Loss

Allergies & Associated Hearing Loss Autoimmune diseases are those resulting from an overly aggressive response of the immune system to a substance, providing inflammation in the body. In some cases, the immune system will attack the ear itself, producing symptoms such as a rapidly progressive sensorineural hearing loss, dizziness, chronic infections, and drainage. The most [...]

What are the different types of hearing loss?

There are 2 types of hearing loss; conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. A person can have hearing loss that is part conductive and part sensorineural. Conductive Hearing Loss A problem in the outer or middle part of the ear may cause a conductive hearing loss. This may be caused by a wax blockage, [...]

What Hearing Aid Do You Choose?

Balancing needs, wants, & your budget. When deciding what hearing aid(s) are most appropriate for your hearing profile, we need to address three criteria; your needs, your wants, and your budget. When we satisfy these three essential criteria we are able to create value for you. Your NEEDS is your Hearing Profile, the levels or [...]