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February 7, 2020 News0

“When someone in the family has a hearing loss, the entire family has a hearing problem.” Mark Ross, Ph.D.

London Audiology Consultants has dedicated 2020 to the year of The Family. We know that untreated hearing loss can have a negative impact on a person’s health but also on relationships with friends and family. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for hearing impaired people which in turn helps with relationships with friends and family.

Please join us for any or all of the upcoming “Let’s Talk Hearing” sessions (formerly Hearing Club) and learn how you can better understand and help a friend or family member with hearing loss.

Thurs Feb 27, 2020 -How do I support my family member with hearing loss?
Thurs Apr 30, 2020 -“Do you have your hearing aids in?” Realistic expectations of hearing aids.
Thurs June 25, 2020 -How to be a “hearing buddy”.
Thurs Sept 24, 2020 -Living in a hearing impaired person’s shoes.

Sessions start at 2 pm in the Colborne building and are followed by social time and refreshments. Sessions are open to everyone, but especially friends and family.


January 24, 2020 London Audiology Blog0

Hi, my name is Mary DeMelo and I am very proud to be a member of the London Audiology family.  For those of you who don’t know me, I started here in 1983 in an administration role and then eventually became a Hearing Instrument Dispenser. In keeping with our dedication to 2020 being the year of “Family” I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to my work family. The support I have received not only professionally but personally is  amazing. All the birthdays, showers, parties that we have celebrated together remind me how lucky I am to be part of the London Audiology family. Also, a big thank you to the many patients who have invited us into their families and not only trusting us with their care but also sharing their stories and experiences. We wouldn’t be here without you!


November 9, 2017 Blog0

2000 Ears Flyer 2017

March 16, 2017

Today we launched our 2000 Ears campaign. To raise awareness about the importance of Hearing Health, we want to perform hearing assessments on 2000 ears during 2017. That’s 1000 people! For each person assessed we will donate $1.00, so $1000 total if we reach our goal. The money will go to Mission Services of London.

We were so excited to have Gordon Russell, the Director of Shelters at Mission Services, with us this morning to kick off the campaign. He had his ears tested too! Please help us reach our goal by coming in for a test. Bring a friend or family member with you too! Let’s all be ambassadors for hearing health!


June 12, 2017

Today we reached the half way mark with 500 new people having a hearing test. That’s 1000 ears!


October 10, 2017 Blog0

An article in the Hearing Journal (September 2017) by Shari Eberts caught my attention. She has some great tips for traveling with Hearing Loss. I thought I would share them with you.

Tips for Traveling With Hearing Loss
by: Shari Eberts

Traveling when you have hearing loss can be challenging, but that’s no reason to miss out on discovering new locales. Follow these tips to have a safe and rewarding adventure.


Before booking a hotel, ask about available accommodations for people with hearing loss. Many hotels, especially in developed countries, have rooms with specific amenities for people with hearing loss (e.g., flashing lights for the phone and doorbell) if you request them in advance. If you are traveling with a tour company, alert them to your accommodation needs. They may be able to help.

Many museums in large cities provide hearing loops or other assistive technology if you request it. The same goes for theaters and other performance spaces. Send an email to the venues for up-to-date information.

Learn about your destination before you go. Familiarize yourself with the names of places, important historical figures and the like. That way when you hear these names, they will sound more familiar and be easier for you to understand.


Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile, download all relevant apps onto your smartphone before you go. Most airlines and train company apps include timetables and provide alerts for gate changes or delays. Practice using the apps before you go so you are prepared if you have trouble on your trip.


Inform your tour guides and fellow travelers about your hearing loss and provide specific suggestions on how they can help you hear your best. Tell your guides that you will stay close to them so you can better hear and see their face for lipreading. Kindly request them ahead of time to speak clearly and only while facing the group whenever possible.

Have an assistive listening device (e.g., pocket talker or FM system) handy in case you need to transmit the guide’s voice directly to your hearing aids, blocking out background noise.

When dining out, request for quiet corner tables at restaurants or sit outside when the weather is nice. Ask your hotel concierge to suggest quieter restaurants so you can reserve a table.


People often forget about hearing loss because it is invisible, so don’t be shy about reminding others of your needs. A gentle prompt like holding your hand behind your ear often works well and does not disrupt the flow of dialogue. Save non-critical clarification questions for a quiet moment or break, but be sure to ask them. When logistical information is provided, request it in written form. Carry a notebook and pen in your bag to make that an easy process.


Traveling can be loud! In cities, traffic and construction noise are everywhere. Attending a musical performance is a great way to experience a new place, but the volume can be unsafe. Don’t be afraid to turn down or remove your hearing aids and wear ear protection when needed. Bring extra earplugs to share with your traveling companions.


Your devices won’t work without power. Be sure to bring a sufficient supply of batteries and extras. Replacement batteries may be harder to find in unfamiliar locations. Pack a supply of batteries in different travel bags in case one gets misplaced. Check that all your chargers are working well and bring an extra if available.


Having your hearing aids on the fritz can be troubling at anytime, but when you are far away from home and your audiologist—in another country, for example—it can feel like a disaster. Set a back-up plan before you go and test it out so you can easily implement it if needed. Examples include using a pocket-talker, an FM system, or connecting a high-quality headset to an app like EarMachine on your smartphone. If you have spare hearing aids, bring those too.
Aren’t those great tips? Thank you Shari!


September 1, 2017 Blog0

Many people schedule an annual health check with their family doctor to check for possible problems and to monitor any on-going health issues. But what about your hearing? Most people do not think about having their hearing checked until they notice that they are having difficulty hearing friends, family or maybe their favourite TV show.

Even when someone notices that they are having difficulty hearing, they may still delay having a hearing test for several years. But ask yourself, “Why wait?” At London Audiology Consultants, we recommend that everyone at age 50 should have a baseline hearing assessment.

There are several reason why you may want to have a hearing test. For example, hearing loss is commonly associated with other health issues. Were you aware that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as compared to those without diabetes?  Hearing loss is also associated with the risk factors for cardiovascular disease including smoking, high body mass index and a larger waist circumference. These associations underscore the importance of having your hearing tested.

Hearing loss becomes more common  as we age and the prevalence of hearing loss increases with age. By age 65 approximately 40% of people will have some hearing loss. However, there are many causes of hearing loss and hearing loss can occur at any age.

Would you like to maintain your active lifestyle? Having a hearing test done will tell you if your hearing is declining. Age related hearing loss can result in social isolation as many people will give up some of the activities that they love if they are struggling to hear. But why give up the things that you enjoy when you can do something to improve your hearing.  It is also well documented that untreated hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline and this may occur due to the social isolation that many people with hearing loss experience.

Regardless of a person’s age, the inability to hear can limit an individual’s ability to communicate effectively. This can impact participation at school, at work or in social activities. If you think you are having hearing difficulty or you just want to have a baseline hearing test done, make an appointment to see an audiologist for a full hearing check. You will be glad you did!


August 22, 2017 Blog0

In my profession I am often asked why hearing aids cost so much and do they really work and “how can something so small cost so much?”

Lets put things in perspective. Computers, televisions and cell phones ar all of devices that
are “smart.” These electronic devices compute, transmit, track etc. These devices have
different levels of technology or features and the price varies accordingly depending on your wants and needs. We know that the prices on these devices can be quite high.

Well the same is true of hearing aids but there are several big differences. Hearing aids are medical devices, much smaller in size.  The minute it is turned on, it is working: analyzing, amplifying and producing high quality sound.

BUT it is also doing this in a damp oily environment. Imagine the work that goes into designing something so small that works so hard yet has to be moisture resistant.

From conception to completion it can take 7 to 10 years for a hearing aid to make it to the consumer. The prototypes undergo clinical testing to measure or gauge their effectiveness. This data is given to Health Canada as it must meet strict guidelines before being approved for the consumer. That is not the end of it though. THEN the manufacturer has to make it into a small, sleek, inconspicous wearable device. Finally it is ready for the consumer.

Most manufacturers  will only supply their product to licensed hearing healthcare professionals. The reason being, the success and benefit of hearing aids is dependent on a properly diagnosed hearing loss and the proper fitting and counseling of hearing aids by a licensed hearing healthcare professional.

Please join us at our Hearing Club on Thursday September 28 at 2 PM. Leah Vusich, Audiologist with Unitron Canada will present a seminar “From Conception to Hearing Aid.” She will show us how hearing aids are designed and made.  Every one is welcome!!


July 21, 2017 Blog0

Tinnitus is the sound of buzzing or ringing in the ears or head that other people cannot hear. Tinnitus is experienced by 15% of the population but only about 15% of them seek medical help. For this small section of the population, tinnitus can be debilitating.

Tinnitus is not a disease but rather a symptom. Rarely, it can be a symptom of something serious so it is important to have medical and audiological consults.

80% of people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. Other risk factors include increasing age and male gender. Tinnitus is often associated with sudden hearing loss, noise trauma and ototoxic medications.

Patients with tinnitus and hearing loss often report psychological problems such as frustration, distress, irritability , anxiety, depression, insomnia and poor concentration.

Although tinnitus cannot be cured it can be managed through symptom reduction. Components of tinnitus management include amplification through hearing aids, masking, habituation, education, relaxation techniques, targeted cognitive behavior therapy, altering diet and medications such as antidepressants and sedatives are all tools which can be used.

Patients should not be told to “learn to live with it.” Help is available!

June 26, 2017 London Audiology News

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There’s an App for That!

Hearing Apps for Smart Phones and Tablets

Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 2 to 4 PM

Sean Brac

Audiologist, London Audiology Consultants

There are many applications available for smart phones and tablets that can help with your hearing and with using your hearing aids.

In this talk, Sean will walk you through a variety of different applications that you can download to a smart phone or tablet and how they can benefit you.

The talk will commence at 2:00 pm.

Light refreshments served following including tea, coffee, and snacks.

Please join us and bring a friend or family member. Everyone is Welcome

London Audiology
London Audiology Consultants is an independent Hearing Health Care clinic established in 1985 by co-owners and audiologists Margaret Brac and Catherine Moore.

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