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April 26, 2021 Uncategorized0
It’s true! It breaks down to the two most common types of earwax: wet, amber-to-brown, or the dry, gray, and flaky kind.  An estimated 97 to 100 percent of people of European and African descent have the wet-type earwax, while 90 percent or more of those descended from East Asians have the dry type.But for the rest of the world population, earwax makeup is mixed. Native Americans and people from southeast Asia, for example, exhibit dry earwax in 30 to 50 percent of the population.
Using this information, researchers can determine in part the ancestral routes of different people and how those ancestors got to where their descendants now live.
 
You can learn more details about this at the link below: 


April 26, 2021 Uncategorized0
Millions of people suffer from migraines. This neurological disease typically affects more women than men and is much more than experiencing a headache. People can experience throbbing, pulsating pain, light and sound sensitivity, nausea, vomiting and aura (flashes, bright spots.) Migraines can last from 4 hours to several days.

Studies show that people who suffer from migraines are at greater risk of developing hearing loss than those who do not. In one particular study, they found that Out of 58 migraine sufferers, two-thirds had one or more abnormalities with their cochlea function and auditory pathways.

You can learn more at the link below:
https://www.soundrelief.com/the-link-between-migraines-and-hearing-loss/


April 16, 2021 Uncategorized0
Next up in our weekly spotlights is Joel, coming to us from his home office!
Hello my name is Joel Brac. I have been working at London Audiology Consultants for around eight years. What started as a part time job trying to help out my Mom’s business ended up sending me down the audiology path myself because seeing how the clinic runs from the inside made me fall in love with the profession.
I am studying at Western University and I just completed my first year. It was challenging when the program switched to online learning because of Covid-19, but luckily we could still have some lab time to at least have some on-hands experience.
My favorite part of the program is learning how to conduct all of the different ways we can assess and test hearing. I look forward to the day I can work one-on-one with patients who come to see us for their hearing needs.


April 9, 2021 Uncategorized0

Our weekly spotlights are back! We want you to get to know us better, and more about the work we do. Next up is Sheila:

I’ve been in Administration with London Audiology since 2009 and right from the get-go this has been my second home.  A lot of patients have been saying they don’t see me much anymore.  That is because I reduced my hours so I can live a semi-retired life.  It is the wonderful interactions with staff and patients that keep me here.

Besides performing the daily tasks to help provide great service, I also organize and administer our appointments/billing/administration at Parkwood Hospital.  I try to make Mary and Alison’s work run smoother for when they service our Veterans there.

Working for an offsite location can have its challenges but we have fostered a great relationship with the staff and residence at Parkwood.  It’s fantastic knowing we are able to continue the best hearing services for patients there.  So remember we are there to help should you know of someone being admitted to Parkwood.



March 31, 2021 Uncategorized0

One of the most frequent complaints we get when someone comes in for a hearing test is that they have difficulty hearing the television… or we have a partner complaining that this individual has to “blare the TV in order to hear it!” While the issue may be a hearing loss that requires hearing aids, there are also helpful tips that can improve this situation.

One solution is using closed captioning. Almost all newer TVs have this option in their settings, and streaming services, like Netflix and Amazon Prime, give you this option as well. Closed captioning is unique when compared to subtitles because you get sound effects and musical cues as well as dialogue. Here are some reasons why closed captioning can benefit everyone:



March 29, 2021 Uncategorized0

A new study has found that listening to the sounds of nature can make you healthier in several fundamental ways. People who check in with Mother Nature experienced pain relief, less stress, better moods and sharper cognitive performance.

The sounds of water were most beneficial to health and emotions, while bird sounds had the biggest positive effect on stress and anger.
It’s a form of organic therapy that researchers say is an evolutionary response. “Natural acoustic environments provide indications of safety or an ordered world without danger, allowing control over mind states, reduction in stress-related behavior, and mental recuperation,” according to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Having trouble finding time to get outside during your busy working day? Don’t worry, there’s always an app for that!


March 26, 2021 Uncategorized0

For this week’s spotlight, Margaret is sharing an exciting opportunity she experienced in 2019.

 

“One of the highlights in my career was the opportunity to join Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission (CanGO) on a medical mission to Guyana in November 2019.

It was a multidisciplinary team with a developmental pediatrician, a child psychiatrist. speech-language pathologist, two physiotherapists, nurses, support personnel and me the lone audiologist. We travelled by boat to reach Indigenous villages in the interior. The people were very quiet but warm. Many have little or no contact with medical professionals other than through these missions. Our team focused on children, and my job was to determine if there was hearing loss.

One particularly fond memory was watching children paddle (up to one hour each way) to school. The kids were beautifully dressed in their school uniforms corresponding to their grade levels.

Members of CanGO have been recognized for their work in Guyana with a Golden Jubilee Award from the Guyana Consulate in Toronto. The award was presented at a virtual ceremony on December 27, 2020. It was my honour to work with such a wonderful group of dedicated people.”

You can learn more about CanGo and the work they do at

Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission (cangomission.org)



March 19, 2021 Uncategorized0

Next up in our weekly spotlights is Suzanne!

“Hi, my name is Suzanne. Working at LAC for the past 12 years has given me many opportunities to meet and help our wonderful clients. I enjoy talking with each of them and hearing their stories. By the time I finished my first day in 2008, I knew this was the right step for me.

I am very passionate about helping people and working with my extended London Audiology family.

As an administrator with the LAC team I cover many aspects from answering questions over the phone and booking appointments (these days that is the only chance I have to chat with our clients) to looking after some of the bookkeeping and processing many of the behind the scenes third party requests and billings.  I also look after the faxing of your hearing test to the family doctor.

I am looking forward to the day when I can pop downstairs and chat with our clients again face to face.

Stay safe and healthy!”


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