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Sudden hearing loss—what you need to know & what to do

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) or sudden hearing loss is dramatic, occurring either instantly or over a 72 hour period. The term SSHL refers to the sudden and significant loss of 30 decibels or more of hearing.  A loss of thirty decibels is the equivalent of your normal television volume level suddenly becoming a whisper, and difficulties understanding normal conversation or using the telephone may be the first indication that something is wrong. Go to the Sudden Hearing Loss page to [...]

How Tinnitus Is Diagnosed

How Tinnitus Is Diagnosed

Tinnitus is the medical term for a ringing or buzzing sound that you can hear in your ear, even though there are no other sounds present. It may also be heard as a whistling, hissing, or clicking sound. It can be present all the time or you may only hear it intermittently. The sounds can be so loud that they actually interrupt your daily life. It is important to note that tinnitus is not actually a disease but rather [...]

Travelling With Hearing Aids

Travelling On A Plane? Here’s What You Need To Know

If you have hearing loss and use assistive hearing devices like hearing aids, you may be wondering what the process looks like for travelling with your hearing aid. For example, can your hearing aids go through security? Should spare batteries be packed in your checked luggage or can they be put in your hand luggage? Can you even wear a hearing aid on a plane? Air travel can sometimes require that you make additional arrangements for various assistive hearing devices. [...]

Tinnitus And Vertigo

All About The Relationship Between Tinnitus And Vertigo

Tinnitus and vertigo are very closely related. Tinnitus, which is very common, results in an intermittent or constant “ringing” sound in the ear. It may also be perceived as hissing, whistling, or buzzing. Severe tinnitus can result in additional symptoms like dizziness that affect one’s daily life. Tinnitus is not considered a disease but rather a symptom of problems with the auditory system (or another underlying medical condition). Vertigo is a severe sense of dizziness that often leads to [...]

Hearing Aid Repair

Can A Hearing Aid Be Repaired?

Today’s hearing aids are designed to withstand a high degree of maltreatment, but that doesn’t mean they are immune to problems. If you have been having trouble with your hearing aids— perhaps you have gotten them wet recently—you may be wondering if your hearing aids can be repaired. Can A Hearing Aid Be Repaired? The short answer to this question is yes, hearing aids can be repaired. In fact, at some point in the future, all hearing aids will require repairs. [...]

Temporary Hearing Loss

Is It Possible To Have Temporary Hearing Loss?

If you are experiencing hearing loss when your hearing was fine previously, it can be unsettling. The short answer to this title question, however, is that yes, temporary hearing loss is absolutely possible. There are two types of hearing loss, temporary and permanent, with temporary hearing loss being the most common. About Temporary Hearing Loss There are many different contributing factors to temporary hearing loss including: Recent Exposure to Loud Noise If you were recently exposed to a lot of loud noise, [...]

Pregnancy Hearing Loss

What You Should Know About Pregnancy And Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is not typically associated with pregnancy. In fact, the topic is rarely talked about and, in some cases, little is known about the causes of hearing loss during pregnancy. However, it is always important to be informed. So, with that in mind, here is everything you need to know about pregnancy and hearing loss. The following blog post will examine two of the more commonly cited causes of hearing loss during pregnancy. What You Should Know About Pregnancy [...]

Ignoring hearing loss is dangerous for your health

Hearing loss is becoming epidemic in Canada but the associated side effects of hearing loss can be equally devastating if left untreated. The statistics are scary: 19.2% of Canadians aged 20 to 79 have hearing loss in at least one ear; 35.4% have high-frequency hearing loss[1]. And the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services has warned that 4 out of 1,000 children will be born with or develop early hearing loss[2]. Sadly, many of these people may even be unaware [...]