hearing

Hearing Loss and Risk of Falls

Did you know that even a mild hearing loss is linked to triple the risk of falls in older adults (Lin and Ferrucci, 2012)? There are three possible reasons why those with hearing loss are more likely to fall: Our awareness of our surroundings is not just from our eyes – it is also through [...]

Hearing Loss and Risk of Falls2019-08-12T13:38:48-05:00

Cleaning Your Ears

Did you know that Q-tips are not recommended for cleaning our ears? Oftentimes, using Q-tips only push the earwax further into the ear canal. Moreover, we run the risk of pushing the Q-tip in too deep, potentially puncturing the eardrum. For most people, there is no need to take active measures for cleaning the ears. [...]

Cleaning Your Ears2019-07-30T16:18:11-05:00

10 Interesting Facts About Ears!

Ear wax has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Human babies start to hear from 18 weeks in the womb. Your ears never stop hearing, even when you sleep. Your brain just ignores the sounds! Your ears never stop growing throughout life. Humans hear between 20 to 20,000Hz whereas dogs can hear between 40 to 60,000Hz – [...]

10 Interesting Facts About Ears!2019-06-07T15:54:57-05:00

How do we hear?

Sound waves travel through many different parts of our hearing system before they are converted into electrical signals that are perceived as sounds by the brain. Let’s look at the anatomy of our hearing system so we can better appreciate what works behind the scenes for us to hear. Sound waves travel through the ear [...]

How do we hear?2019-06-06T15:04:15-05:00

Debunking Myths about Hearing Loss! – Myth 4

Myth #4 Hearing aids just make everything louder, including background noise. This is a very common misconception and needs to be addressed in terms of having realistic expectations for the hearing aids, as well as selecting the appropriate hearing aid model to suit the individual’s lifestyle. Individuals with hearing loss are typically hearing sounds softer [...]

Debunking Myths about Hearing Loss! – Myth 42019-06-06T16:38:03-05:00

Debunking Myths about Hearing Loss! – Myth 3

Myth #3 - Hearing aids will cure my hearing loss. Most hearing losses are permanent and cannot be reversed. Hearing aids help by amplifying sounds that would otherwise be too soft for the person to hear. Since the sounds are louder, the person would be able to detect them even with reduced hearing. Similar to [...]

Debunking Myths about Hearing Loss! – Myth 32019-06-06T15:03:08-05:00

Learning Resources about Hearing

Hearing is usually not a topic that comes up in everyday conversations; however, it is one of our most important senses that allows us to be aware of our surroundings and to react in a proper way. Luckily,  there are many fun and useful resources online that can help you learn about topics ranging from [...]

Learning Resources about Hearing2019-06-06T15:02:35-05:00

Debunking Myths about Hearing Loss! – Myth 1

Hearing loss affects almost 20% of adults in Canada. In fact, this prevalence becomes much higher in seniors, affecting a whopping 78% of those between 60 to 79 years of age (Statistics Canada, 2016)! Knowing these facts, why do only a fraction of these people seek help for their hearing loss? Unfortunately, there are many [...]

Debunking Myths about Hearing Loss! – Myth 12019-04-17T15:29:22-05:00