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09Dec2016

Turn Down That NOISE!

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What a noisy world we live in. Did you know that sound levels above 120 dB (decibels) cause damage to hearing? How loud is that you ask?   Well, fireworks can be up to 162 dB, a jet plane is 140 dB and a power drill is 130 dB.   Rock concerts have been measured
28Nov2016

What Is That Annoying Sound in My Ears?!!

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Ringing, buzzing, crickets, you name it, if other people do not hear it, it is called Tinnitus.   Estimates are that 12 to 14% of the adult population has tinnitus. About 1% have really debillitating tinnitus. For most people tinnitus comes and goes and is not overly bothersome. But, for some it can be relentless
01Nov2016

Lest We Forget

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As we approach Remembrance Day I want to take this opportunity to thank all veterans and to say “We remember.”   We have had the pleasure of providing services for many veterans and their families over the years. On behalf of all the staff at London Audiology Consultants, I wish to extend a heartfelt thank
13Oct2016

Let’s Talk about Myths and Facts

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Myth:   My hearing loss does not impact the quality of my life.   Fact:   Wearing hearing aids has been shown to improve communication, intimacy and warmth in family relationships which greatly improves quality of life.     Myth:   Hearing loss is not very common.   Fact:   It is estimated that 1
19Sep2016

An Extra Set of Ears is Always an Advantage

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There are many reasons why it can be beneficial to have a close friend or family member accompany you to your appointments. It is helpful to have an extra set of ears for instructions or recommendations to ensure that everything is heard, and to help with remembering and understanding. Often the appointments, especially initial appointments,
06Sep2016

Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss

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Many of us know someone, family, friend, ourselves, who have hearing loss but are reluctant to do anything about it. It may be justified with “it’s not that bad”, ” I can get by”, “people mumble”, etc. Sometimes we don’t want to acknowledge the problem because we are embarrassed, see it as a weakness or
25Aug2016

Hearing, Speech and Language

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Hearing is extremely important for speech and language development. In Ontario all babies have their hearing screened at birth. This has led to hearing impaired babies being fitted with hearing aids at a few months of age. Most of these babies develop speech and language at a normal rate. 20 years ago too many deaf
08Aug2016

Help Me I’m In A Snowstorm!

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Imagine driving down the highway on a beautiful sunny day. Now think about driving down that same highway at night in a snowstorm. Suddenly you are alert, gripping the steering wheel and staring intently at the road. What a difference! People with hearing loss have to spend similar energy everyday all day long in order
22Jul2016

Brain Hearing

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Brain Hearing We actually hear in our brains, not in our ears. Wow. Who knew? I often remind my patients about the well known phenomenon of moving next to a railway track. At first the noise of the train drives most people “around the bend!” But after a few weeks most people do not even
12Jul2016

Why “Turn up your hearing aid!” is NOT good advice

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Many of my patients tell me that when they are experiencing difficulty hearing, they are often told to “turn up their hearing aids.” Let me try to explain why this is not helpful.   First, a bit of anatomy. Some people have a conductive loss which means sound is blocked from entering their ears properly.
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