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Blog: Here’s to Your Legacy of Great Hearing, Lethbridge!

“Don’t sit too close to the TV; It’s bad for your eyes.” Like most Canadian kids, your parents probably said this at one time or another during your adolescence. Then, in your teen years, you likely heard, “Turn down that music. You’re going to go deaf!” Yet, this statement actually has more than a micron of truth to it. Short-term, loud noises and long-term, moderate noises do lead to hearing loss. Even a vacuum cleaner or bird chirping nearby for extended periods can cause some degree of hearing loss.

Unlike hair and fingernails, once the sound-transferring hair cells of the inner ear are injured, there’s no way to reverse the damage.

By reading and following the information presented in our blog, we hope you become more attentive in caring for your hearing so you can enjoy a lifetime of great conversations, birds chirping, beautiful music, and all the wonderful things hearing can do for you. And, if you currently have some level of hearing loss, we’ve provided some useful information on how you can have it treated. Enhancing your hearing can help with your career, social life, and everything else you may be missing out on.

  • 20/06/2018 0 Comments
    Hearing Loss and Depression: A Sad Cause-and-Effect Relationship

    As we see with alarming frequency in various news stories these days, particularly those involving suicide, depression is taking an awful toll on people. Even the wealthy and famous are no match for it.

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  • 25/05/2018 0 Comments
    Types of Hearing Loss: Even Silence Has a Source

    The roots of hearing loss are many, so doctors and hearing health professionals take a lot of factors into account when treating it. To give you an idea of how multifaceted hearing loss can be, we’ve put together a brief overview of the most common types:

    Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Deep in the inner ear, sits an organ called the cochlea, which contains thousands of delicate hair cells that pick up sound vibrations and transfer them to auditory nerve fibers, which transmit that information to the brain. Over-exposing oneself to loud noises can harm those hair cells and/or nerves, causing hearing loss. Such hearing loss tends to be first noticed in the higher frequencies of sound. If the noise exposure is not stopped or dealt with through hearing protection, permanent high-frequency hearing loss can result.

    Conductive Hearing Loss: This aptly named type of hearing loss occurs when something prevents sound from getting to the inner ear. Middle-ear infections (otitis media) can be accompanied by fluid build-ups that muffle incoming sound. Sound can also be blocked by ear canal infections (otitis externa), such as swimmer’s ear, which cause irritation and swelling of the ear canal. Conductive Hearing Loss can, in most cases, be gotten rid of by treating whatever infection has set in or by clearing a blockage through surgery.

    Mixed Hearing Loss: This term is used to describe situations in which sensorineural and conductive hearing loss are present at the same time. For instance, a situation in which damage to hair cells and/or nerves is combined with a problem affecting the small, sound-conducting bones (ossicles) of the middle ear. Improvement in cases of mixed hearing loss tends to come from treatment or surgery focused on the conductive aspect of the condition. The effect of sensorineural damage in such cases is often permanent.

    Unilateral Hearing Loss: This is the more official sounding term that describes what sufferers sometimes call “my bad ear.” A person can be born with it, it can develop gradually over several days and it can even happen suddenly. Identifying and treating unilateral hearing loss is particularly important among children, whose speech/language development and ability to learn effectively can be heavily burdened when hearing is difficult.

    Sudden Hearing Loss: Usually affecting just one ear, sudden hearing loss describes a type of hearing decrease that develops rapidly over the course of about 72 hours. There are numerous things that can trigger it, but knowing the source in this case isn’t as urgent as prompt treatment. Some 85 percent seeking treatment recover some of their hearing; getting treated right away increases the likelihood of full recovery.

    High-Frequency Hearing Loss: People experiencing high-frequency hearing loss tend to find themselves hearing vowels but missing consonants that help them distinguish individual words. It comes on very gradually, so it’s a difficult diagnosis. One early sign to watch out for is trouble hearing sounds in higher octaves, such as the voices of women and small children, and nature sounds, like the chirping of birds. Trouble carrying on conversations in groups and amid background noise is another indicator that a hearing exam may be in order.

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  • 07/03/2018 0 Comments
    Hearing Loss in Everyday Life

    Hearing loss can range from mild to profound. This graph shows which sounds can or cannot be heard depending on the degree of hearing loss. For example, someone with a severe hearing loss can hear an airplane or a motorbike close-by (very loud, hence lower end of the graph). However, they will not be able to hear normal-level speech or birdsong. A bird’s tweet is a high-pitched tone, therefore it’s on the right of the graph; low-pitched tones are on the left.

    Frequency and Amplitude of a Variety of Common Sounds

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  • 07/03/2018 0 Comments
    Hearing Matters

    Being able to hear is an important part of an active and enjoyable life. Normal hearing allows us to connect with the world around us, to have conversations with friends, enjoy TV and music, and hear warning signals such as fire alarms or approaching traffic.

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    How Do We Hear?

    Sound waves enter the ear canal and cause the eardrum and middle ear bones to vibrate. This sends an electrical signal from the inner ear, via the hearing nerve to the brain.

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    Levels of Sound

    Varying volumes, pitches, and durations of sounds can harm your hearing in different ways. Loud, close noises such as a rocket launch, ambulance, or airplane can injure your hearing immediately, while a motorcycle may only cause hearing loss after one hour in close proximity. And, if you’ve left your alarm clock blaring continuously for 8 hours — you’re not only late for whatever you had to do today — you’ve also suffered some level of hearing loss. These are just some examples of how volume, pitch, and duration of sounds can affect your hearing health.

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  • 07/03/2018 0 Comments
    Problems Caused by Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss means more than simply not hearing well – people with hearing loss have reported a range of problems that have a negative effect on their lives or on the lives of people around them.

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  • 07/03/2018 0 Comments
    Types of Hearing Loss

    Conductive Hearing Loss

    Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is an obstruction in the outer or middle ear, impeding the sound waves from passing through the auditory pathway. Ear wax, infections, fluid behind the eardrum, perforations of the eardrum and otosclerosis (a stiffening of the bones in the middle ear) are the most common types of conductive hearing loss. Most outer and middle ear problems can be effectively managed with medical intervention.

    Sensorineural Hearing Loss

    Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the hair cells in the hearing organ (cochlea) become damaged and affect the transmission of signals to the auditory part of the brain via the auditory nerve. The most common cause is aging, but loud noise, some types of medication, and genetics can also affect hearing. Inner ear hearing loss cannot be reversed with medication or surgery.

    Mixed Hearing Loss

    Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss can range from mild to profound.

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  • 07/03/2018 0 Comments
    Typical Warning Signs of Hearing Loss

    Typical warning signs of hearing loss include:

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  • 07/03/2018 0 Comments
    Why Should You Consider a Hearing Aid?

    As you have seen, hearing loss can have a potentially devastating effect on life. However, most people wait for years before seeking help to correct hearing loss. Having a hearing test and getting a hearing aid fitted offers multiple benefits, such as:

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