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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.

  • Protecting Your Hearing
    03/07/2019 0 Comments
    Protecting Your Hearing Aids This Summer

    Summer is here. You’ve got your sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and plenty of water on hand to deal with the sun and heat. You’ve made sure the air conditioning is working at home and in the car. You’ve got plenty of charging cords to keep your smartphone up and running, so you can stay connected to family, friends and your favorite entertainment.

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    The Benefits of an Annual Hearing Check

    Happy Better Hearing Month!

    You won’t find any “Hope You’re Hearing Better” greeting cards at your local card shop, but if you visit a clinic like Legacy Hearing Centre, you’ll find something a lot more important. Every year, during the month of May, those of us in the hearing health profession go all out to raise awareness of what it means to care for your hearing.

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    Understanding Tinnitus

    The human brain is an amazing thing. It can even make us think we’re hearing something when there’s nothing around to be heard. We’re not talking about hallucinations; we’re talking about something called “tinnitus.” You may know it as “ringing in the ears.”

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  • Hearing Loss
    25/02/2019 0 Comments
    How to Support a Loved One with Hearing Loss

    As with so many things, the secret to supporting a loved one who has hearing loss is to be there, to live their hearing journey with them, understand the new way of life they’re adjusting to and look for ways to make that transition as easy as possible. Yes, that’s a fairly broad way to describe it, so we’ve put together some practical tips for you, as well!

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  • Hearing Loss and Cigarettes
    15/01/2019 0 Comments
    Learn the Connection Between Hearing Loss and Cigarettes

    The bad news about cigarettes just seems to keep coming. According to research, the same chemicals that make cigarettes bad for the rest of your body make them bad for your hearing as well.

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  • Hearing Aid Technology
    22/11/2018 0 Comments
    Check Out Some of the Latest in Hearing Aid Technology

    You’ve probably seen old photographs or movies featuring people using “ear trumpets” in order to hear. Looking a bit more like saxophones than trumpets, those long, curved, conical tubes collected sound at the larger end, funneling it through to a concentrated point at the other end, where the sound entered the ear.

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    19/10/2018 0 Comments
    Protecting Your Hearing in Winter

    Well! Summer is in the rear-view mirror. You can stop being concerned about overly-loud lawnmowers hurting your hearing, trapped swimming pool water leading to ear infections and sweaty weather getting unwanted moisture into your hearing aids.

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    01/10/2018 0 Comments
    Children Develop Hearing Loss, Too

    Here are some tips on how to prevent it.

    Hearing loss isn’t just for “old people.” The ability to hear can be damaged at any age, so it’s never too early to start protecting a child’s hearing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 34 million children  worldwide have a disabling level of hearing loss, with 60% of those cases being due to preventable causes.

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    29/08/2018 0 Comments
    Yes, Smoking Is Bad for Your Hearing, Too

    Even given everything we know today about the dangers of cigarettes, 1 out of every 10 Canadians is still smoking. If a loved one of yours is among them, maybe this bit of news will help you convince them to stop: It’s not just their lungs that are at risk; the bad stuff in cigarette smoke is bad for their hearing, as well.

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  • Diabetes
    28/08/2018 0 Comments
    Diabetes and Hearing Loss: Sugar isn’t Always so Sweet

    When we hear about diabetes, it’s common to think about nerve damage, especially the kind that affects the feet and legs. Many diabetics develop infections in their lower extremities but aren’t aware of their seriousness, due to the numbing of diabetic nerve damage.

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  • Hearing Loss and Depression
    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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  • Hearing Loss
    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.

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  • Frequency and Amplitude of a Variety of Common Sounds
    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.

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    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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    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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    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.

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    Typical Warning Signs of Hearing Loss

    Typical warning signs of hearing loss include:

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    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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