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Traffic noise at schools

Noise pollution in urban environments is a growing problem worldwide. Vehicles, airplanes and construction noise can compound and create significant cacophony our everyday lives. When that noise permeates the classrooms of our schools, it can have a detrimental effect on children’s learning and memory. Here’s what the latest research shows.…

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New safe listening standards set by WHO

To combat the growing problem of hearing loss in young people, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new standard for safe listening. This international standard is intended for venues and events that play amplified music, including concert venues, nightclubs, bars and sporting events. One billion at risk The…

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Playing sports while wearing hearing aids

People who wear hearing aids often feel intimidated about participating in individual or team sports. They often cite fear of losing or breaking their devices as reasons for sitting on the sidelines. The good news is today’s hearing aids are more durable and secure than ever before. Therefore, people with…

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How sound defines human lives

Sound is essential to fully experience the world around you. It can bring joy, yet it can also be a significant irritation. Our ability to hear also keeps us safe. Why and how does sound play an essential role in our daily lives? Here are some interesting facts about how…

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Why do my hearing aids squeak?

A squawking hearing aid is frequently caused by feedback. Feedback happens when the sound coming out of your hearing aid leaks back into the device’s microphone, creating a continuous loop of sound that can be quite loud and annoying to you and those around you. Fortunately, you can take steps…

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What’s the difference between hearing screening and diagnostic hearing evaluation?

Hearing screenings and diagnostic hearing evaluations are vastly different tests that deliver different results. Only one of these tests will offer a complete picture of your hearing loss, possible causes and the best treatments. Here are the differences between a hearing screening and a diagnostic hearing evaluation. Hearing screenings A…

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Communications strategies for people with hearing loss

Talking to someone with hearing loss can be challenging and sometimes frustrating. Even with a hearing device, people with hearing loss can often struggle to hear your words. Fortunately, there are some techniques you can use to communicate with someone with hearing loss more effectively. Try this approach. Wave. Get the person’s attention…

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What you need to know about hearing loss in toddlers

Hearing loss can happen at any age. However, children with impaired hearing may struggle to develop speech, language and social skills. According to Statistics Canada, eight per cent of kids and teens between the ages of six and 19 have moderate to severe hearing loss. Here’s what you need to…

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The latest findings on otosclerosis

Researchers from Canada’s Memorial and Western Universities recently identified the first gene linked to otosclerosis, a common cause of progressive hearing loss in adults. This discovery could help develop new drugs and therapies to treat or prevent this condition. Here’s what you need to know about otosclerosis. What’s otosclerosis? Otosclerosis is…

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Hearing loss simulation videos

Did you know that one in six people have some degree of hearing loss? Experts predict that by 2050 this number will increase to one in four. If you don’t suffer from hearing loss, it can be difficult to understand the challenges of those who do. Here’s what you need…

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Uncovering the link between type two diabetes and hearing loss

Do you or someone you know have type two diabetes? Did you know this condition is linked to hearing loss and deafness? Here’s an overview of how this disease can impact your hearing. What causes hearing loss in people with type two diabetes? Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve…

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Everything you need to know about benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

Have you ever had the sudden sensation that the room is spinning? If so, you may have experienced benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Here’s what you should know. What is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo? BPPV is an inner ear disorder that causes brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness. BPPV…

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