What is hearing aid connectivity?

The words, ‘hearing aid connectivity’ are bandied around a lot but what do they actually mean? We live in an ‘always on’ world where the ability to connect to technology is highly valued but what are the real world benefits for hearing aid users? In simple terms, hearing aid connectivity refers to the ability of your hearing aids to connect to other electronic devices such as smartphones or a TV. Not so long ago you used a cord to connect [...]

Will I need time to adjust to my hearing aids?

Yes, it takes time to adjust to hearing aids. That’s because hearing is a complex operation involving the ears, nervous system and brain. It’s difficult to predict exactly how long it will take for you to adapt to your new hearing aids because the way each person hears and processes sounds is uniquely individual. It can take up to 4 months to feel fully comfortable with your new hearing aids. During this adjustment period you may need a number of [...]

How do I choose the best hearing aid for me?

Hearing aids are no longer limited to a one-size fits all solution. With so many models, styles and technology levels it’s worth taking the time to choose the best hearing aid to meet your lifestyle needs and to suit your hearing loss. Finding the right audiologist is an extremely important step in this process. A good audiologist will take the time to help you clarify your listening requirements and explain how particular brands and models might be more suited [...]

The value of hearing aids & the myths around price

Why do only 33% of Americans with hearing loss use hearing aids? Is it really because people perceive hearing aids to be too expensive? Here in Canada too, research indicates that of the three million Canadians who have hearing loss, only one in six use hearing aids. In other words, more than 80 percent of Canadians with hearing loss struggle to hear clearly in a normal conversation. And it’s all because they don’t wear hearing aids. The fact is many people [...]

How does hearing loss affect your health?

Hearing loss can affect your health in many ways including your mental and emotional well-being and your physical health. Studies show that hearing loss in some cases may also indicate other very serious underlying health issues such as diabetes and cardiac disease. The research also suggests that allowing hearing loss to go untreated can significantly increase many of these impacts on your overall health. How does hearing loss affect your mental health? Hearing loss makes it hard to communicate and this [...]

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House of Hearing’s Maryam on Global News

Our very own chief Audiologist Maryam Ghaderi was interviewed this week by Global News on the topic of earwax and hearing loss. In this article Maryam helps the reader understand the health effects of excessive earwax buildup. Here is the Article. In the Article, Maryam Ghaderi talks about the dangers of loud noises in our everyday environments and how they may lead to hearing loss. She then goes on to talk about the importance of protecting our hearing, in part by wearing [...]

How hearing aids can improve your quality of life

How hearing aids improve your quality of life Hearing aids improve quality of life by a number of means which we will discuss here. Hearing loss can have a serious impact on your daily life. Fortunately, wearing hearing aids can vastly improve your quality of life and make everyday interactions so much easier and more enjoyable. hearing aids can improve all aspects of your life including: Communication and relationships Mental and emotional well-being Physical health Social life Earning capacity. Let’s explore in more [...]

Cancer and Hearing Loss

Hearing loss and cancer are closely related as some types of cancer treatments can permanently damage a patient’s hearing. Hearing loss can be induced by the following: Chemotherapy ​(Cisplatin, Carboplatin) Radiation therapy​ (to head, ear, or brain) Surgery ​(to brain, ear, or auditory nerve) Aminoglycoside antibiotics​ (erythromycin, neomycin, gentamicin, streptomycin, tobramycin) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs​ (NSAIDs) (ibuprofen, naproxen sodium) Aspirin ​(taken in large amounts) Loop diuretics ​(furosemide, ethacrynic acid) Some ​heart and blood pressure medications​ (metoprolol) Some ​anti-nausea medications​ (promethazine) House of Hearing Audiologists recommend hearing testing before and after treatment [...]

How-To Videos

For your convenience and with the wonderful help of Phonak, we are happy to bring to you a series of How-To videos that show you the procedures involved in cleaning and maintaining your hearing aids. This page will be regularly updated to include new videos. To start viewing the videos please click here. Feel free to send us your suggestions if you wish us to highlight any other steps.