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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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The science of what you hear

Ever wonder how that tree falling in the forest becomes a sound? Sounds are atmospheric vibrations that travel through the air into your ears. Your ears can detect and decode tiny changes in the air pressure of only a few billionths of the atmospheric level. How they achieve this feat…

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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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How Noise Affects Your Brain

Noise is everywhere. From trains to televisions and airplanes to automobiles, the world is full of sounds and not all of them are pleasant. So, what’s all this noise doing to your brain? Here’s what you should know. How does your brain process sound? Sound is energy that’s produced by…

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Hearing loss: things you can and can’t control

Living with hearing loss can be a challenge. To make matters worse, many people affected by this health issue are too embarrassed to wear hearing aids and other assistive devices that could help them. Although it can be difficult to accept that you have trouble hearing, there are solutions. Here’s…

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What part of the brain processes what you hear?

After years of research, neuroscientists have discovered a new pathway that suggests auditory processing may occur in parallel in the human brain. This understanding could have a significant impact on people with auditory processing disorders. Here’s an overview of everything you should know. The traditional science For decades, scientists believed…

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Misophonia Explained

Do certain noises seem to drive you crazy? Do you often have intense physical or emotional responses to seemingly harmless sounds? If so, you may have misophonia. Here’s everything you need to know. What is Misophonia? Misophonia is a condition that causes people to experience intense discomfort, anger, annoyance or…

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