New Year’s Resolutions for Healthy Hearing

Ask The Experts Article – January 2015 – New Year’s Resolutions for Healthy Hearing

In celebration of the New Year we are encouraging everybody in the Lethbridge area to make 2015 the year to take care of their hearing health. In doing so, we would like to share our top 5 New Year’s resolutions for healthy hearing.

#1 – Wear Earplugs

They’re inexpensive, they’re practical, they’re easy to find and they do more to protect your hearing in everyday situations than just about anything. If you know that you are going to be exposed to loud noises, you should make sure that you have adequate hearing protection.

#2 – Get New Headphones

By investing in noise-dampening headphones, you will protect your hearing by allowing yourself to turn down volume levels and eliminate the need to strain to hear through outside noise. Headphones that dampen noise will not infiltrate your ears as much as other types of headphones. They will also help you protect your hearing for years to come and keep you connected to the sounds you love.

#3 – Exercise Regularly

Exercise doesn’t only benefit your heart and keep you from contracting illnesses, it will maintain your hearing as well. Working out with weights, running and walking for 20 minutes a day are among the activities that will keep you healthy. Staying in optimal health is ideal for preventing hearing loss and reducing stress levels. Some studies have even shown that losing weight may help you to hear better.

#4 – Talk Openly About Hearing Loss

Studies have shown that people who speak openly about hearing loss are more likely to take preventive measures. Speaking about hearing loss — even if your hearing is sound — reduces the stigma of the condition, researchers have found. Those who discuss it are more likely to take the steps necessary to curtail its effects when the time comes.

#5 – Book a Complimentary Hearing Test

Now is a great time to book a complimentary hearing assessment. This is the first step to determine if you have a hearing loss or if you need to do a better job at maintaining the hearing ability that you have left. The test itself is simple and painless and is offered free of charge.

Please call Legacy Hearing Centre at 403-942-5370 to book a hearing test and get more information about hearing loss and hearing aids. We hope to hear from you soon!

Michael Peterson, BC-HIS, Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner

Legacy Hearing Centre, #212, 200 – 4 Avenue S, Lethbridge, AB  T1J 4C9

Phone: (403) 942-5370

Website: www.legacyhearing.com

Legacy Hearing Centre – Hearing Aids in Lethbridge – Favourite Sound

Ask The Experts Article – December 2014

Do you have a favourite sound?

Maybe you love to hear the melody of your favourite song on the radio or ocean waves crashing onto the beach. Perhaps it’s the sound of your grandchildren laughing as they play that you enjoy most.

Some people love to hear the sound of a cat purring lazily, while for others, it’s their dog snoring softly. Many people love to hear the rhythm of raindrops falling on the roof or the sound of thunder roaring in the distance.

From the loud rumble of a motorcycle to the silent serenity of a mountain lake fishing trip, there are certain sounds that make us happy. And we don’t want you to miss out on any of them.

This is why we do what we do.

We want all people to be able to hear their favorite sounds. We want all people to be able to carry on a conversation with their loved ones. We want all people to be free from the struggle of hearing loss.

For most people, hearing aids are the best way to restore hearing that has been lost over time. Hearing aids can bring those lost sounds back into the audible range so that the full spectrum of sounds can be enjoyed again.

We want to know what your favorite sound is and we want to make sure that you can always hear it.

Come see what we can do for you.

If you have noticed that you are unable to hear all of your favorite sounds, then we would love to help.

We can do a full hearing assessment for you to determine the extent of your hearing loss. If the results show that you have a hearing loss that should be treated with hearing aids, we can then guide you through the selection process and fit you with hearing aids that meet your specific needs.

Once you can hear your favorite sounds again, we will continue to be available to you for follow ups and adjustments to keep things that way. That is our commitment to you.

Please call Legacy Hearing Centre at 403-942-5370 to book a hearing test and get more information about which hearing aid is right for you!

Favourite Sounds

Michael Peterson, BC-HIS, Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner

Legacy Hearing Centre, #212, 200 – 4 Avenue S, Lethbridge, AB  T1J 4C9

Phone: (403) 942-5370

Website: www.legacyhearing.com

Tinnitus – Turn Down Ringing Ears

Ask The Experts Article – November 2014 – Tinnitus: Turn Down Ringing Ears

Are you frustrated by tinnitus? If so, the good news is that real relief is available through a combined treatment approach.

It is estimated that 10-15% of the population experience tinnitus – a ringing, roaring, whooshing or chirping sound in the ears. However, while there is no cure, scientific research has proven that real tinnitus relief is possible.

Tinnitus is increasingly common in our society. It can be an occasional annoyance for some but a constant frustration for others. Although each person experiences and reacts to it individually, the underlying causes and links to hearing loss are common to the majority of people.

The first step is treating the most common underlying cause – hearing loss, which 80% of people with tinnitus have to some degree.

Treating hearing loss involves fitting discreet modern hearing aids, some of which have specific settings for tinnitus treatment. Once set-up by a qualified hearing expert, these devices boost and clarify real-world sounds such as speech. This often reduces the perceived loudness of tinnitus, while at the same time helping you to hear and understand more.

In one survey of hearing care professionals, 60% said their tinnitus patients had gained tinnitus relief after using hearing aids. Another study of sufferers themselves found that 75% who wore hearing aids gained relief either ‘frequently’, ‘most’ or ‘all of the time’.

Central to many tinnitus management strategies is the use of sound.  Known as sound therapy or sound enrichment, sound is used in a therapeutic way to shift attention away from the tinnitus. By giving you access to more sound, hearing aids serve as an effective approach for managing tinnitus.

Some hearing aid models include a built-in feature designed to reduce the annoyance of your tinnitus, especially in quiet environments. These hearing aids let you customize your library of sounds and music giving access to sounds that you can use to manage your tinnitus. Successful tinnitus management is multifaceted and incorporates more than just a sound enrichment. Your hearing care professional will personalize a program best suited for you.

Please call Legacy Hearing Centre at 403-942-5370 to book a hearing test and get more information about which hearing aid is right for you!

Michael Peterson, BC-HIS, Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner

Legacy Hearing Centre, #212, 200 – 4 Avenue S, Lethbridge, AB  T1J 4C9

Phone: (403) 942-5370

Website: www.legacyhearing.com

Hearing Aid Technology

Ask The Experts Article – October 2014 – Hearing Aid Technology

Hello, my name is Michael Peterson, Owner of Legacy Hearing Centre in Lethbridge.

In last month’s article I mentioned the two general factors to consider when selecting a hearing aid; style and technology level. I covered the various hearing aid styles last month. In this article I would like to focus on some of the new hearing aid technologies and how they can improve your hearing ability.

The level of technology in your hearing aid can make a big difference in how much better it helps you to hear. Technology level is also what determines the price of your hearing aid. Basic level hearing aids contain basic level technology. As you go up in price, extra technologies are added to the hearing aid to allow for greater hearing ability in various listening environments. In this article I will discuss 3 different hearing aid technologies that can greatly improve the benefits of a hearing aid.

The first hearing aid technology that I would like to discuss is DIRECTIONAL MICROPHONES. Most older hearing aids had only an omnidirectional microphone. An omnidirectional microphone amplifies sounds equally from all directions. In contrast, a directional microphone amplifies sounds from in front more than sounds from other directions. This means that sounds originating from the direction the listener is facing are amplified more than sounds coming from behind or other directions. If the speech is in front of the listener and the noise is from a different direction, then compared to an omnidirectional microphone, a directional microphone provides a more clear sound. Some advanced hearing aids have adaptive directional microphones that can vary the direction of maximum amplification no matter the direction of the speech signal.

The second hearing aid technology that I would like to discuss is WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY. Wireless hearing aids have the ability to not only function as separate hearing aids, but can also function as a system. This means that your hearing aids can wirelessly transmit data to each other and receive signals from common electronic devices such as televisions, home telephones, cellphones, MP3 players and more. Receiving the signal directly from those electronic devices results in a much clearer sound and a great reduction in background noise. Wireless hearing aids can also be adjusted by using a remote control. This makes it easy to turn the volume up and down or change other settings.

The third hearing aid technology that I would like to discuss is BACKGROUND NOISE MANAGEMENT. One of the top complaints of hearing aid users is that background noises are sometimes too loud. Directional microphones and wireless connectivity, as mentioned earlier, are both ways that new hearing aids can reduce the issues of background noise. Some advanced hearing aids also contain other features that can increase hearing comfort in noisy situations. Some hearing aids can even recognize the sounds of wind, traffic, and other bothersome sounds. Once those sounds have been recognized, the hearing aids can seamlessly remove that sound from the hearing aid output. This results in a much more clear and comfortable sound.

Choosing the level of hearing aid technology that is right for you depends on a variety of factors including your hearing test results, your lifestyle, your budget, and more. Please call Legacy Hearing Centre at 403-942-5370 to book a hearing test and get more information about which hearing aid is right for you!

Michael Peterson, BC-HIS, Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner

Legacy Hearing Centre, #212, 200 – 4 Avenue S, Lethbridge, AB  T1J 4C9

Phone: (403) 942-5370

Website: www.legacyhearing.com

Legacy Hearing Centre and Lethbridge Seniors Homes

Legacy Hearing Centre is active in the Lethbridge senior citizen community. One way that Legacy Hearing Centre assists seniors in Lethbridge is by offering no-charge house calls to people who live in local seniors lodges. Legacy Hearing Centre also visits these lodges regularly to offer information sessions and free hearing tests. Below are some of the lodges that Legacy Hearing Centre has visited.

The View at Lethbridge

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BlackRock Terrace

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Columbia Retirement Community

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Alberta Rose Lodge

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Martha’s House

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Park Meadows Village

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Golden Acres Lodge

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Blue Sky Lodge

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Heritage Lodge

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Let us know if you would like us to visit your lodge also. We offer free hearing tests at these homes. We also provide no-charge house calls to these homes for hearing aid fittings, hearing aid adjustments, and other hearing and hearing aid related services.

Give us a call!

Michael Peterson, BC-HIS, Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner

Legacy Hearing Centre, #212, 200 – 4 Avenue S, Lethbridge, AB  T1J 4C9

Phone: (403) 942-5370

Website: www.legacyhearing.com

Legacy Hearing Centre & The Movie Mill – Helping HoH People in Lethbridge to Better Enjoy the Movies

Legacy Hearing Centre and The Movie Mill have come together to provide personal closed captioning devices to improve the movie experience for those with trouble hearing. Ask about them next time you go to a movie!

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While hearing aids can help you to hear better, there are other technologies that can improve the lives of people with hearing troubles. Closed Captioning is one example. We are excited to help offer this to people in Lethbridge who like going to the movies!

For more information visit:

www.moviemill.com

www.legacyhearing.com