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Diabetes and hearing loss? We speak with many people who don’t realize there’s a link between the two. According to Diabetes Canada, more than 11 million Canadians have prediabetes or diabetes. Organs, blood vessels and nerves – including those in the inner ear - can be damaged by… Learn more...
Connect Hearing committed to promoting proactive hearing health in sponsorship agreement with Curl BCBURNABY, BC (November 29, 2018) – Curl BC is pleased to announce the signing of a three-year sponsorship agreement with Connect Hearing, a BC-based company that will be the title… Read More
The decision to purchase hearing aids usually comes from years of avoiding hearing loss and then finally realizing it’s bad enough that you need to do something.But it doesn’t have to be like that.Hearing loss has a direct affect on your quality of life and almost all of your daily… Read More
Hearing loss affects one in five Canadians, however, only 12% of them actually wear hearing aids according to this study by Stats Canada. So why don’t more people actually take action on their hearing loss? Here are some common hearing aid myths that could be holding you back from addressing… Read More
I am 26 years old, a Doctor of Audiology, and hard of hearing. I wear a hearing aid and a cochlear implant. My hearing loss does not stop me from achieving anything I wish to achieve.
Dr. Jacqueline Drexler is an Audiologist with Sonova and is currently working with Connect Hearing Canada at their head offices in Victoria, BC. She was diagnosed with hearing loss before the age of 2 years old and was fitted with hearing aids shortly after. She is also a recent recipient of a… Read More
Why won't you get your hearing checked? Why many Canadians wait 7 years to act on hearing loss
May is Better Hearing Month and at Connect Hearing we felt that this was a good time to ask Canadians a very important question. Why won’t you get your hearing checked?Perhaps you’ve asked or been asked this question before – and you’re not alone. There are almost 4 million people… Read More
Connect Hearing Welcomes New Clients
We are rolling out the red carpet starting March 31st as we welcome new clients being moved from a number of mall based hearing centres( Sears Hearing Centre) in Ontario, BC and Alberta.As a result of a mutually agreed partnership end, we have already started the process of contacting these… Read more...
The Power Of Music - Connect Hearing Canada
Music is like the key to our souls: It directly affects our mood and our emotions. It can make us laugh and cry, make us dance, give us goosebumps and yet also help us to sleep. But what exactly is music? What's behind this phenomenon that nobody can resist and which is as old as mankind… Read more...
The Perfect Experience
Sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch: Our senses guide us along our path through the labyrinth of life. Each one of them is wonderful and indispensable in its own way. But it is only through their perfect interaction that their true strength becomes apparent: If we experience something with all… Read more...
Phonak Audeo B-R Rechargeable Hearing Aid at Connect Hearing Canada
There's good news for Canadians dealing with the challenges of hearing loss. Phonak, a leading global provider of hearing instruments and wireless communication solutions has launched the next generation hearing aid product platform Belong, which includes pioneering lithium-ion rechargeable battery… Read more...
Top 10 Reasons to Get Your Hearing Checked
October 1st was International Day of Older Persons and National Seniors Day, and Connect Hearing Canada is hoping senior citizens from coast to coast will take this opportunity to make their hearing health a priority.It can be easier said than done. Senior citizens have proven time and again that… Read More
Canadian Basketball Sensation Tamara Tatham Praises Lyric Hearing Aids
Canadian basketball sensation Tamara Tatham has faced some big battles on the court.Born in Brampton Ontario and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Tatham has represented Canada at the London Olympics and in Toronto at the Pan Am Games in 2015, where she helped Canada win a gold… Read more...
Connect Hearing continues its commitment to hearing care nationwideVICTORIA, B.C. – August 25, 2016 – Connect Hearing announced that it has acquired Hear Med clinics in southern Ontario. The newly acquired clinics in Ingersoll, Tillsonburg and Woodstock demonstrate execution of Connect… Read more...
Can Hearing Loss Be Reversible?
If you love Marvel Comics and have read Spider-Man then you've heard of "The Lizard".Known as Dr. Curtis Connors, The Lizard was an army medic who lost his arm in combat and had dreams of naturally growing it back using an experimental serum taken from reptilian DNA. The birth of the Lizard – a… Read more...
National Men's Health Week - Time to Take Action
More men than ever are becoming aware of their health and making life saving decisions. National Men's Health Week, which takes place June 13-19, 2016, is one reason why men are taking notice.The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and… Read more...
May Better Hearing Month Interview with Dr. Jennifer Anyegah
For Dr. Jennifer Anyegah, Better Hearing and Speech Month, which takes place every year during the month of May, is about getting tested.Hearing loss is one of those things that can sneak up on a person and Anyegah, Connect Hearing's Doctor of Audiology in Dartmouth Nova Scotia (35 Baker Dr., 101… Read More
CAA Stay Connected Contest Winner Loving His New Hearing Aids
Wayne Hall, a teacher and father of three from Lakeshore, Ontario, wasn't sure what to expect when he filled out the form for the CAA Stay Connected Contest.What he did know was that he was finding it difficult to hear and was constantly asking his students to repeat themselves so he could… Read more...
AC/DC Singer's Hearing Loss Shocks Fans
Australian hard rock band AC/DC surprised the music world and millions of fans when they announced they would be postponing the remaining dates of their U.S. tour because of lead singer Brian Johnson’s hearing health. Doctors advised Johnson to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing… Read more...
Phil Collins Comes Out of Retirement
Legendary British solo artist and lead singer of Genesis Phil Collins has made it official – he's coming out of retirement. Collins' last album was 2002's Testify.According to an article in Rolling Stone Magazine, family was a big reason for the decision.“My kids are now 10 and 14 and… Read More...
Ever wondered how loud is TOO loud? Workplace noise or even loud sounds that you hear every day can have a cumulative effect on your hearing. MJ DeSousa, Connect Hearing audiologist and Director of Professional Practice, explains how you can protect your hearing from every day noise.Remember to… Read More
Yes, we certainly do! We hear this question in our clinics often. Connect Hearing clinics are full-service hearing centres.For people who are experiencing the common symptoms of hearing loss and haven't yet taken the first step, we provide a full hearing evaluation, explain the results, recommend… Read More
Booking a hearing test at a Connect Hearing clinic can be done online, by calling 1-800-563-4327 (HEAR) or by calling or visiting a clinic. MJ DeSousa explains the simple process to taking that important first step: A physician's referral is not required. Please bring a… Read More
The following daily maintenance routines will help you get the best performance and value from your behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids. It only takes a few minutes a day and will extend the life of your hearing aids.Wipe your earmold daily with a moist cleansing wipe or tissue. Check the… Read More
Daily maintenance of hearing aids is quick, easy and will extend the life of your hearing aids. Follow these tips to keep your custom fit hearing aids clean. Custom fit varieties include in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC) and completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids.Wipe daily with a moist… Read More
Following these daily tips will help you to maintain your open fit (OTE) or Canal Receiver Technology (CRT) hearing aids, to improve their performance and extent their life.If your hearing aid has a dome, this should be replaced every few months or as directed by your hearing care… Read More
Hearing aids are an investment in your future. In just minutes a day, you can extend the life of your hearing aid with the following daily maintenance routines:Avoid contact with hair spray or make-up as body care products may block microphone openings, the volume control or program… Read More
Hearing aid technology advances more quickly with each passing year. New hearing aids are small, discreet and have features to improve hearing in many communication situations. Connect Hearing's Director of Professional Practice, MJ DeSousa, explains more: Read More
We are often asked about ear candling as a way to clean ears. Does it work, and do you really even need to clean your ears? We do recommend that anyone who is concerned about their hearing or feels they may need wax removed from their ears consult a Hearing Care Professional for a thorough… Read More
There are several known causes of hearing loss, including genetics, medications and noise exposure. The latter is preventable if care is taken to wear hearing protection in noisy environments. Check out this short video as MJ DeSousa explains the common causes of hearing loss, and what you can do… Read More
Detecting and treating hearing loss early is important for both physical and emotional well-being. MJ DeSousa, Connect Hearing's Director of Professional Practice, explains:Are you ready to take the first step? Book an appointment for a hearing test today, and stay connected to the sounds that… Read More
A hearing screening is a simple pass-fail evaluation, often performed outside a hearing clinic. A variety of tools may be used, from a tablet with headphones to a portable audiometer or even a questionnaire. The person who conducts the screening will be a qualified hearing professional. He or she… Read More
Tinnitus (pronounces tih-NITE-us or TIN-ih-tus) is the perception of sound where there is no corresponding external cause of the sound. Most people describe their tinnitus as a "ringing in the ears". However, the experience of tinnitus has been described by up to 50 different sounds… Read More
You may have noticed that you have trouble understanding people when they're speaking to you, or that it often seems like people are mumbling. You may also find that soft voices, high-pitched voices and childrens voices are the most difficult to understand. View this short video as Connect… Read More
The difficulties Haiti has experienced are well documented. From the earthquake of 2010, electoral violence and extreme poverty it seems like most of the news we get out of Haiti is negative.A Caribbean nation of 11 million people, Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and for people… Read more...
Trillium Hearing is now Connect Hearing
Connect Hearing will be helping more people in Ontario hear better than ever before.VICTORIA, B.C. (November 4th, 2015) — With the acquisition of 9 Trillium Hearing Centre clinics in the Greater Toronto Area, Connect Hearing is in a position to provide enhanced access to hearing healthcare for… Read more...
Seniors Day An Opportunity To Reflect On Joys Of Hearing HealthOctober 1 is National Seniors Day.Since 1991 the nations of the world have recognized this day, bringing awareness of the efforts the elderly have made in building a better planet as well as spotlighting the issues of greatest… Read more...
In case you haven't noticed Canada's major league baseball team the Toronto Blue Jays are giving fans many reasons to cheer.The Jays are leading their division and for many this is thrilling news – the last time the Jays have been this close to a playoff spot was 1993, the year they won the… Read more...
Tinnitus Breakthrough - Connect Hearing Blog
There is a new promising drug that scientists say will make an impact in the fight against tinnitus.According to Hear-it.org, researchers testing the drug furosemide have discovered it can reduce the hyperactivity that causes tinnitus. Australian neuroscientists have found a connection between… Read more...
Moxi Fit
For many people who are dealing with hearing loss one of the greatest challenges is being able to pick up sounds through crowd or background noise.One product that is making a difference is the Unitron  MoxiTM Fit hearing aid. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron is a global company that works… Read more...
Katherine Bouton Interview
In celebration of May Better Hearing and Speech Month we are happy to provide an exclusive interview with Author Katherine Bouton.Author Katherine Bouton is making a lot of noise - and a huge difference - with her books about hearing loss.Her 2013 book Shouting Won't Help: Why I--and 50 Million… Read More...
Babies hear in womb
We're all familiar with Kindergarten and the impact our first days in school had on our lives.For most of you, it was the first time in your life learning from a teacher. It was where we made our first friends and were introduced to the wonderful concepts of lunch time, recess, and mid-day… Read more...
Connect Hearing staff in Sault Ste Marie
For the women who work at the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Connect Hearing Clinic, work isn't just fun – it's meaningful.We were able to catch up with office manager Donna Coudert, Laurie Smith CCR, audiologist Heather Jessome, audiologist Virginia Muirhead and hearing instrument dispenser… Read more...
Spring Cleaning for Ears
If you're like most people, spring is a bit of a mixed blessing.On the positive side, you can look forward to melting snow, green grass, baseball, picnics and the flowers. On the negative side, warmer weather means spring cleaning.Throwing out old clothes, cleaning the garage and home… Read more...
Hearing Loss Risks
You're riding the bus and you hear loud music behind you. When you turn around you realize that those sounds are not coming from the speaker of a radio, but from the earphones of a teenaged girl sitting behind you.The young lady with the earphones is sitting in her seat and grooving to the tunes,… Read more...
Hearing Loss and the Brain
Can hearing loss make your brain shrink? Can hearing aids improve a person's mental health?These questions may not make a lot of sense. When we think of the impact hearing loss can have on an individual, many things come to mind. A student with hearing loss will have trouble hearing a lecture. An… Read more...
International Women's Day
Gloria Steinem wrote that the story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, we remember the contributions women have made in… Read more...
Audiologist Jessica Chen
For audiologist Jessica Chen, there are many things to love about her job at the Connect Hearing Canada clinic in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.One of those things, without question, is getting to know different people in the community and helping them improve their hearing.For Chen, it's… Read more...
Healthy Heart, Healthy Hearing
When you hop on an exercise bike you are doing fabulous things for your heart. Same thing applies when you take time to meditate or eat heart-healthy foods.But are you also doing great things for your hearing when you do great things for your heart? The answer to that question is a resounding… Read more...
Hearing Friendly Romantic Excursions
The last person in the world you want to be on Valentine's Day is the person who doesn't have a plan. Nobody wants to be one of those poor, hapless souls lining up in the flower shop just before closing hoping to purchase that last, lonely, pitiful carnation.One idea is to plan a romantic… Read more...
Ear Gear inspiration
When toddler Shameera Rosal lost her hearing aids, little could she have known that it would be the beginning of a family business.Ear Gear, established in 2005, was developed because Shameera Rosal – a boisterous little girl at the time - had lost her hearing aids in a large house while she… Read more...
Retiring old hearing aids
If you are one of the thousands of Canadians who use hearing aids, it's safe to say that you probably love having them and appreciate how they enhance your life.Let's face it, hearing aids are our friends. They make things easier and bring the gift of sound to people who otherwise wouldn't be… Read more...
Colin Boog hearing loss
For Colin Boog enjoying his two favourite hobbies – camping and boating – are what he loves most. His biggest, most lovable and rewarding challenge? Being a full-time Dad of two energetic boys, ten and eight.But for the 47-year-old Victoria man, one of the biggest challenges he ever faced… Read more...
Audeo Venture hearing aids
Imagine driving in your car and listening to the voice of your spouse over the sound of the engine. The radio is on and your kids are having an animated conversation in the back seat.If you wear hearing aids, you know one of the biggest limitations of some models is trying to distinguish between… Read more...
Comox Connect Hearing staff
Susan Grant and Amy MacLean like to think of themselves as the Comox “Connection” for hearing health care.Seeing that Grant has 13 years of experience in the field and MacLean has 10, it's not hard to see why that is. Both women enjoy working in the Comox clinic in British Columbia and thrive… Read more...
2015 Hearing Health Goals
If you're like most people, looking back at past achievements and setting new goals is something you do at the beginning of a brand new year.And like most, health goals are probably on top of your list – weight loss usually being a high priority for most people. But have you thought about your… Read more...
Top 5 Hearing Health Gifts
Remember the holiday season when you were growing up? When you think back to the days when you were a kid – not too far back we hope – it's probably safe to say that you're fondest Christmas memories involve receiving gifts.When we were children one of the joys of Christmas was to get as many… Read more...
Hear the World 2015 calendar
Connect Hearing Canada and Hear the World Foundation need somebody – “somebody like you”- as legendary Canadian musician Bryan Adams would say.Adams has been busy, and not just making music. The singer of classic songs such as Summer of 69 and Kids Want To Rock has been snapping shots of… Read more...
It's December, and the insatiable Christmas capitalist engine is in a full bench press, with Canadians ready to spend money on the latest trinkets and gadgets. For kids – big and small – it's about getting and unwrapping as many presents as possible.But the best gifts in life are the ones you… Read more...
For hearing-heatlh specialist Ahmed Khanani, there is never a dull moment working at the new Connect Hearing Canada clinic located in downtown Ottawa.One reason for that is he gets to make a difference in the lives of people by educating them about their hearing health and hearing aids.“I… Read more...
The 4Ears Campaign is back and as far as the staff at Connect Hearing Canada are concerned, it couldn't come quickly enough.With the arrival of the holiday season, Connect Hearing Canada is again working with the Hear the World Foundation to help eliminate hearing loss under the banner of the… Read more...
A common image of a wounded Canadian soldier are older men missing arms and legs. Sometimes they have suffered burn wounds. Their bodies carry the scars of shrapnel and bullets, some easier to hide than others. Some use wheelchairs.As Remembrance Day approaches it's important to understand that… Read more...
For Connect Hearing Canada Customer Service Department Manager Ken Foley, seeing people overcome hearing loss is one of the best parts of his job.“My most rewarding interaction? Probably talking to clients who say they haven't heard their grandchildren for a long time or haven't been able to… Read more...
If you are someone who enjoys going to the gym or taking long walks, then you can probably relate to this sequence of events.You wake up and decide you're going to go out and train. Before leaving home you would need to grab your iPod or similar mobile device. Other important items would be a… Read more...
For 63-year-old grandmother Dianna Seymour, her joy at being able to hear again is summed up with one sweet word: music.“Music! I can hear all the fine details. All the instruments,” said Seymour. “Wow! It’s just awesome to hear those sounds.”Originally from Vancouver, Seymour… Read more...
Oakville Hearing Consultant Vincenzo Albanese has a message for youngsters – protect your hearing while you're young, or suffer the consequences.One of the newest additions to the Connect Hearing Canada family, Albanese – who has been a hearing-health specialist for two years - has been at… Read more...
You look over at your elderly mother, who is sitting at the table quietly reading a magazine.“Hey Mom,” you ask. “What is that you're reading?”She doesn't look up.“Hey Mom,” you ask, your voice a bit louder, this time accompanied by a tap on the table to get her attention. “What… Read more...
If you're like most people in North America, you probably have a smartphone in your pocket or purse right now.They're everywhere and they're making an impact in the lives of people all over the world, positive and not-so positive. If you're a struggling parent trying to get your teenager to… Read more...
Have you ever listened to the loud, long beep of your television during a national emergency alert system test?The good news about this annoying, yet necessary test is that it only lasts a few seconds and then before you know it, you're back to watching "The Big Bang Theory."Now imagine you… Read more...
Imagine you're a grade three student in a busy classroom. The teacher asks a question, but you don't hear it.It's not that you're not paying attention or that you're not a smart, dedicated kid. The problem is you are dealing with hearing loss and sounds that come easily to others don't register… Read more...
When Renee Livernoche lost her hearing at a young age, her world was turned upside down.For years she dealt with hearing loss and the frustration of knowing that she couldn’t afford hearing aids. But when the 35-year-old Victoria native met a representative of Connect Hearing at an Eves of… Read more...
For Scott Bonnell, it's always been about helping people.But of all the people the Registered Audiologist has helped in his career, it's Canada's veterans who bring him the most joy. Bonnell is based out of Connect Hearing's Kentville, Nova Scotia (100 – 70 Exhibition Street -Valley… Read more...
Hearing Instrument Specialist Madison Barr of Connect Hearing has always had a good ear and she puts it to use every day in her job, and in her private life.She has been working at Connect Hearing Carleton Place (147 Bridge Street, Carleton Place, ON – 613-253-8800) as a Hearing Instrument… Read more...
The best sounds of summer are the sounds of laughter — and the most meaningful laughter always sounds best when it's coming from the people you care most about, your family and friends.What says summer better than hanging out with family members? What says summer better than the joy of kids… Read more...
The list of things to during the summer is endless, and one thing that everyone looks forward to is travelling - whether it's catching a plane, jumping in the RV to go camping, or going on a boat.Across Canada, hundreds of thousands of people are travelling to camp sites, fun attractions, or just… Read more...
World Cup party
It's official, Germany is celebrating their thrilling 1-0 win over Argentina to clinch the World Cup, the first European team ever to win the World Cup in South America. Fans in Berlin and around the world are celebrating this historic achievement.It has been an exciting and unbelievable FIFA… Read more...
sounds of summer
Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Lady Gaga, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Cochrane, Bruno Mars and Eminem are just a few big names that will be making appearances at music festivals across Canada this summer.At Connect Hearing, we love music and music festivals. One reason is because we are in the business of… Read more...
summer healthy hearing
Summer is here and it's time to get into the backyard and the great outdoors.Across Canada, people are planning individual and family adventures, from watching sporting events (and participating in amateur ones) to barbecues, movie nights and trips to the amusement park. It's also a time for… Read more...
The eyes of the world will be on Brazil for the next month as the 2014 FIFA World Cup dominates our attention.And Connect Hearing has a contest we know you'll get a "kick" out of.The "Hear Brazil" contest encourages an online hearing test with a chance to enter into a draw to win a colourful… Read more...
On June 15 we celebrate Father's Day.It's important that we recognize the contribution Dad makes in our lives, and it's equally important that he understands how important his health is to us.Many fathers, while very good at taking care of others, need some encouragement when it comes to taking… Read more...
On June 7, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome will compete at Belmont Stakes for a chance to win the Triple Crown. A few horses have come close to accomplishing the feat in recent years, but the legendary Affirmed remains the last horse to have won the Triple Crown, sweeping… Read more...
As the warm weather rolls in to kick off a new season in 2014, so does the new crop of summer blockbusters.Some of these movies include "Million Dollar Arm", "Maleficent", Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past."But with "Godzilla" stomping and roaring his way across… Read more...
On May 31, 2014 the World Health Organization will recognize World No Tobacco Day.Every year WHO highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and call on governments to raise taxes on cigarettes. Tobacco… Read more...
One of the Connect Hearing clinics that is diligently promoting hearing health and hearing safety is in Edmonton. Located at 11910 111 Ave. NW #107, this Alberta clinic is where Hearing Instrument Practitioner Susan Metzger works every day to serve and inform Edmontonians.Metzger came to Connect… Read More
Mother’s Day is one of the best times to let your mom know how important she is to you.But there's more to Mother’s Day than yellow carnations and Hallmark cards. Sometimes, letting Mom know how much you love her means telling her hard truths about her health. Sometimes it means telling her… Read More...
Better Hearing & Speech Month is a perfect time to raise public awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the various forms of communication impairments -- that includes hearing, speech, language, and voice. Communication impairments affect the most vulnerable in our society: the young, the… Read more...
On Earth Day 2014, the focus will be on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. At Connect… Read more...
What makes a workplace great?Greatplacetowork.ca believes that every company can be a great workplace, and their mandate is to make that dream a reality.For Connect Hearing Canada, we have been able to share in that dream on two occasions.In 2011, Connect Hearing was ranked 49th in the Best… Read More...
Science Daily reported via Karolinska Institutet, a medical university in Sweden, that impressive advances have been made in the fight against hearing loss.According to the site, researchers have identified a biological Circadian clock in the hearing organ, the cochlea.This… Read more...
April showers don’t just bring the flowers, they also bring the sounds of spring. One of our favourite websites at our blog is the birdsong page and it will certainly get you in the mood for the season.But there are many sounds to be enjoyed at this time, which is one reason… Read more...
It’s spring and the birds are here with their songs.An excellent website called Exploratorium will help you identify different bird songs, and is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about our winged friends. The website teaches people to identify birds’ songs, calls and alarms.“Our… Read more...
March is Pharmacist Awareness Month. According to the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP), this is the time pharmacists promote their role to other healthcare professionals and patients within hospitals and related healthcare settings.We would like to take this opportunity to thank… Read more...
One thing that is becoming obvious is that many factors can affect our hearing health – including diet. We know about dangerous jobs and noises, but how does the food we eat affect our hearing?The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) reports that… Read more...
Every year on March 21, UNESCO supports World Poetry Day, a celebration of linguistic diversity through poetic expression. For many people, poetry is a fantastic way to talk about the challenges of hearing loss.Connect Hearing strives to open the doors of communication. This is why we love poetry… Read more...
St. Patrick's Day is here and it goes without saying that we tend to associate this celebratory day with our sense of taste - namely the taste of beer.But there are other sounds to enjoy on March 17, and we want you to hear them. In 2002, according to Statistics Canada via lobe.ca, more than one… Read more...
Spring break is great news for kids who get to enjoy a much needed respite from school and great news for parents who get to spend more time with their children.But when kids are at play, they can also be exposed to loud noises, like sporting events, concerts and parties with loud music. Connect… Read more...
The 43rd Juno Awards take place March 30 in Winnipeg, and promise to be an exciting event featuring outstanding Canadian talent.We at Connect Hearing love music, but realize the volume at which people listen to music isn’t always healthy. According to hearingloss.ca,… Read more...
Each year International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. Around the world, thousands of events mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is inspiring change. This is fitting because at Connect Hearing we… Read more...
Nothing will ever beat the roar of the crowd when the home team scores a goal or touchdown. But watch out — those noises can come back to sack you, pardon the pun.The CBC ran an interesting story about crowd noise at sporting events.The report… Read more...
It was a huge loss when musician Phil Collins decided to end his career. But the reason behind his decision was even more shocking.According to New York Daily News, The singer/drummer said decades behind the drum kit gave him a dislocated vertebra and nerve damage as well as hearing… Read more...
A 1998 survey by the Canadian Association of the Deaf reported the unemployment rate for deaf and hard of hearing people is unacceptably high, with few employed in professions and fewer still in "high level" positions.We don’t think hearing loss should stand in the way of dreams, and that’s… Read more...
Several actors with hearing loss have done amazing things on the big screen and in theatre.These actors have made a difference. Making a difference is one reason why we offer free hearing tests.The Hearing Foundation of Canada says many Canadians are showing signs of hearing loss in their… Read more...
You can make a difference — and inspire others — by sharing your personal stories of courage with us.We want to hear about your experiences dealing with hearing loss. The best stories are going to be picked and featured in a web series — and possibly a spot on TV!You can also win one… Read more...
Several hearing-impaired athletes have made an impact. One of them is Derrick Coleman of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks,who wrote on CNN that he has never used his hearing as an excuse.“As people hear about me being hard of hearing and making the best of it, the… Read more...
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association published an article by Leslie Bruce entitled “Intimacy and the Hard of Hearing: What's Stopping Us? (Part 1). ”With Valentine's Day coming up, this post explores how hearing loss affects new and ongoing relationships, particularly with a partner who… Read more...
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) featured several highlights for anyone connected with hearing technology or hopeful of an innovation that will help combat their hearing loss.Siemens was honoured in the Accessible and Universal Design category at CES for its miniTek hearing aid remote and… Read more
The Seattle Seahawks will take on the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey.It seems fitting that we’re talking about hearing loss and the Super Bowl in this article. On December 2, 2013 at CenturyLink Field, Seahawks fans set a Guinness world record for crowd… Read more...
When the Seattle Seahawks  take on the Denver Broncos  in Super Bowl XLVIII, all eyes and ears will be on the stars of the game. But while the likes of Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman will compete for the attention of sports reporters, a little-known player has captured the gaze of the… Read more...
Vacations can be a fun, exciting and thrilling experience but let’s face it — they can also be pretty noisy. Airports, train stations, roller-coasters and concerts can take a toll on the ears of a traveller.According to hearingloss.ca,hearing loss is second only to arthritis as the most… Read more...
Interested in learning more about hearing safety in noisy workplaces? Several resources are available.We had recently published Top 10 Noisiest Workplaces because we realize how important it is for people to be aware of hearing dangers at work — and this is one reason why we encourage… Read more...
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders,repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. With that in mind, here is a list of the Top 10 Loudest Jobs:10. Cleaning Person85 DBTip: Even safe jobs can be… Read more...
How is this for a healthy hearing recipe? According to three studies eating healthy, taking vitamins and drinking wine may be just what the doctor ordered.A report in Science Direct says Vitamins A, C, E plus magnesium are important in the fight against hearing loss: "Free radical formation in… Read more...
Connect Hearing encourages Canadians to heed new research findingsFor Immediate ReleaseVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (January 6, 2014) — Listen up, ladies! Getting exercise isn’t just about controlling your weight and building stronger muscles. Two studies suggest making… Read more...
We are honoured that the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) has recognized Connect Hearing Canada for “outstanding product quality and for adding value to the CAA membership.”Connect Hearing and Trafalgar received Partner of the Year Awards from the business lines of Rewards and… Read more...
Generally speaking, there are two things one can expect at the beginning of a new year.The first — unforgettable parties surrounded by friends, family, music and delicious food. The second, of course, is the making of New Year’s resolutions. Depending on how much discipline you have, those… Read more...
From everyone over here at Connect Hearing Canada we would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.Don't forget, we are in the final week of our annual fundraising  4Ears campaign to provide hearing health care to children in support of the Hear the World Foundation.… Read more...
Are you looking for ear-friendly gifts for the holidays?The National Institute on Deafness says 26 million Americans have hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to loud sounds at work or during leisure activities.Check out these five gift ideas that will help protect your hearing… Read more...
People who are dealing with hearing loss can still enjoy music. According to Statistics Canada  more than one million adults across the country reported having a hearing-related disability (StatsCan, 2002). This is why we have always encouraged people to get free hearing tests because we… Read more...
What are your favourite holiday sounds?Carols? The crinkle of gifts being unwrapped? The cry of a car horn as visiting relatives pull into the driveway? The sound of grace being said at the table?It’s easy to take these sounds for granted. But for some, appreciating the sounds of Christmas… Read more...
December 2013 issue of the Victoria Business Examiner takes a look at Connect Hearing and our award for being named one of the top Employers for Young People in Canada.Click here to view the article. We are featured on the cover (upper left) and on page 5. Read more...
During the holidays, children around the world are enjoying themselves with friends and family. This time of year nobody likes to be reminded of the importance of a child’s healthy well-being but according to the World Health Organization Children’s hearing health continues to be a… Read more...
We know sounds can hurt. But can they heal?We have referenced countless articles on  the dangers of loud noise and hearing loss. Construction sites, machinery, airport, concert halls are just some of the areas that pose the highest risk to hearing.This is one reason why we are always… Read more...
We want to tell you about one of the most powerful drugs in the world – music.And you don’t need a prescription!The Hearing Journal published “Hearing Matters: Music Training: An Antidote for Aging?” which  explains that the effects of aging on temporal processing likely plays a… Read more...
What if it were possible to reduce or eliminate hearing loss with a ground-breaking device that could be hidden within a baseball cap?That’s exactly what Max Virtual, a Deleware-based company specializing in wearable technology, says it can do with its Cynaps Bluetooth… Read more...
Are you still thinking about getting a hearing test?Here are two reasons why you should stop thinking and take action – not only will you help yourself by getting tested, but you will also make a difference in the life of a child who needs assistance with hearing.Connect Hearing has always… Read more...
How does one find time and space during the boisterous holiday season to give the ears a rest?We encourage people to get a free hearing test at any of our convenient locations across Canada. But let’s face it — it’s hard to think about hearing safety during the chaos of the holiday… Read more...
When parents purchase Christmas gifts they’re often on the lookout for sharp edges, choking hazards or toys with mature, violent content. But another hidden danger to consider is loud toys.According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, some toys are so loud they can cause… Read more...
Some jobs are really hard – on your ears.We have always encouraged people to take advantage of our free hearing tests at locations across the country. But depending on what you do for a living, getting your hearing tested may be more important than ever.Five dangerous occupations for hearing… Read more...
As Remembrance Day arrives, it’s important to think about the role Canadian veterans and our allies have played defending our freedom.Veterans who have gone into combat in places like Afghanistan, Korea and Europe have suffered injuries ranging from lost limbs and burns to psychological… Read more...
If you have diabetes, should you be concerned about hearing loss?The answer to that question is yes.Asha.org reported that a recent study, Bainbridge et al. (2008) examined hearing data from 5,140 individuals who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between… Read more...
According to the Canadian Diabetes Association more than 9 million Canadians are living with the disease.November is National Diabetes Month in Canada, which presents the perfect opportunity to talk about how this disease impacts hearing health. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to produce or… Read more...
Halloween is meant to be fun. One thing we try to drive home is that hearing loss doesn’t have to impact your life negatively – and that is also true for trick or treaters!According to Raising Deaf Kids, about 1 out of 1,000 babies is born with hearing loss.We are happy to provide some tips… Read more...
Ears are being grown by scientists, and just in time for Halloween!Don’t worry - these ears are nothing to be afraid of and these scientists aren’t mad. Earlier this year, the UK Telegraph reported that an ear had been successfully grown in a lab using 3D computers.At our hearing clinics… Read more...
What's the best way to bring up the topic of hearing loss to a senior citizen?Usually, the person in question is a close friend or family member. You may have seen this person dealing with hearing loss and it may be evident that the individual isn’t only having a difficult time picking up… Read more...
Seniors who decide to join the fight against hearing loss often start by taking three important steps.1. First, they admit they have a hearing problem.Usually that acceptance comes through the compassionate communications made to them by family members and friends. Unfortunately, people with… Read more...
There are several ways that healthy hearing keeps senior citizens feeling and looking younger.Here are five of them:1. You hear warningsBlaring car horns, fire alarms and the sounds of sirens are detected earlier. Those seconds can mean the difference between life and injury.2. Improved… Read more...
Hearing loss is a tremendous problem that is affecting millions of people around the globe. Yet, it doesn't have to stop anyone from being a contributor. Here are five seniors who took action to deal with hearing loss and haven’t let the condition prevent them from reaching success.1. Barbra… Read more...
Hearing aid technology continues to amaze and inspire every day.In the last 20 years hearing aids have gone through several changes and innovations that have improved their ability to help users overcome communications problems and stay connected to the sounds they love. One of the biggest… Read more...
Thanksgiving may be a time of celebration, friends, family and good food. But if you or someone in your family is coping with hearing loss it may be difficult to find many things to be thankful for.Often, people with hearing loss must deal with isolation because of the condition. That can make… Read more...
For many people the topic of hearing aids is confusing and filled with mystery – even for those who wear them.And it’s true, there are some surprises. One thing that a new user may find interesting is they will make your voice sound funny or different at first. The aid will probably change… Read more...
When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, he not only revolutionized communications, he jolted hearing health into a new era. Bell invented the telephone as a way to help his wife, Mabel Gardiner Hubbard, cope with her hearing loss.Soon, other inventors began experimenting with… Read more...
The Evolution of Hearing Aids: The Pre-Electricity EraHearing loss is a condition humans have tried to overcome for centuries. In fact, the earliest recorded use of listening devices occurred in the 1600s, when sailors would use ear trumpets to hear the call of other sailors in neighbouring… Read more...
Since 1991, the nations of the world have recognized October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons, bringing awareness of the efforts the elderly have made in building a better planet, as well as spotlighting the issues of greatest concern to them.The occasion is an initiative of the United… Read more...
How Hearing Aids WorkHearing aids are electronic devices invented to amplify sound for the user. Predecessors to the hearing aid included tools called ear horns, which would be held up to the inner ear and capture the sound in a funnel. These days, the devices are increasingly more complex.Many… Read more...
The new Microsoft Xbox One comes out in a couple of months and people around the world are very excited to see the next evolution of home gaming systems. What caught our attention, according to this article on wired.co.uk, Microsoft is developing a translation and conversation program for sign… Read more...
Did you know that a healthy mouth can also protect your hearing? Well according to this article from healthhearing.com the bad bacteria that can develop in your mouth due to poor oral hygiene can enter your bloodstream affecting the arteries and blood vessels in your ears and brain related to… Read more...
This month, as Canadians are rushing Back to School, we have been discussing ways to ensure hearing health for children. Our tips and advice are meant to ensure all aspects of kids' health is considered as the new school year starts.Last week, we listed some practices to help children's audio… Read more...
Check out our latest national television spot starting today. Take advantage of our three week free hearing aid trial and book your complimentary appointment this fall! Read more...
Princeton University device spotlights need to address hearing loss, Connect Hearing saysFor Immediate ReleaseVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (September 6, 2013) — Before you can create the $6 Million Man, you must first give him a pricey bionic ear. At least, that's one… Read more...
With Canada in the midst of Back to School fever, we thought we would provide useful tips to make sure you don't overlook your kids' hearing health as your household gears up for the new school year.Here are 5 Ways to Protect Your Children's Hearing:1. Give Guidance on Earplug… Read more...
As kids across the country go back to school, we thought it was a good time to bring awareness to the subject of hearing loss and bullying. According to a recent study in Sweden, between one in five hearing impaired students are victims of bullying. In the U.S. it is estimated that the rates of… Read more...
Why is it important for your child to have a hearing test when he or she goes back to school?Besides ensuring they stay connected to the people and sounds they love, a hearing test in or before September will help you gauge if there are any medical issues that are related to your children's… Read more...
At Connect Hearing, we conduct hundreds of complimentary hearing tests a day. With more than 112 clinics across Canada, we are the nation's leading network of hearing-health offices. When booking a hearing test, many of our clients often ask us what is involved in the process."A hearing test is… Read more...
In paediatrics, hearing loss falls into one of two categories: congenital or acquired. Of the two, congenital hearing loss is the easier to detect because it is present at birth. Babies undergo several rounds of medical testing throughout the first two years of life to spot medical issues,… Read more...
Our feature hearing aid of the month is again one of our most popular models at Connect Hearing. The Phonak Naida Q is consistently on of our top hearing aid recommendations when it comes to helping people with hearing loss ranging from moderately severe to profound. This is why the Naida is… Read more...
The birth of Prince George on July 22 has brought attention to all aspects of childhood, whether it be the joys of early parenthood or the excitement felt by grandparents and great-grandparents at the news of an addition to the family. The Royal Baby frenzy also drew attention to new-born health… Read more...
As kids head back to school, parents, teachers and citizens at large can expect to see teenagers bopping along with earbuds and headphones tethered to their personal mp3 players. It's a sight that has some in the medical community concerned.The Journal of Pediatrics notes that the increase… Read more...
Connect Hearing points out that hearing loss among children is a growing problem For Immediate ReleaseHALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA (August 12, 2013) — Back to school not only means shopping for fashionable clothes and school supplies, it's also means back to healthy routines… Read more...
Summer has arrived and with it comes the promise of activities that can be enjoyed to their fullest no matter where you might be. To celebrate the heights of warm weather, we are listing some of the Top Sounds of Summer from around the World, alternating between quiet and noisy activities and… Read more...
It has been recently announced that researchers at Princeton University have created a synthetic, functional bionic ear through a 3-D printer. The device was produced through an ear shaped piece of silicone mixed with bovine cells and infused with particles of silver that form an antenna that can… Read more...
We recently found this great article on the Shots section of the NPR website that we think does an interesting job of pointing out for normal hearing people what it might be like to experience hearing loss.Hearing and speech research Arthur Boothroyd created several audio clips that you can… Read more...
The sound of relaxation is one Canadians everywhere emit during the summer. It can be in the backyard while sitting in your favourite deck chair, or while soaking in a pool, or lounging on the grass at a neighbourhood park. For many Canadians, the summer is a time for immersing in restful… Read more...
The Toronto Blue Jays may be in last place, but they're one of the hottest teams in baseball and just may live up to the preseason hype, after all. The Blue Jays, Canada's only Major League Baseball team, entered the 2013 season as World Series favourites. Only recently have they shown… Read more...
Canadian provinces and territories are buzzing with summer music festivals. Jazz fests, blues fests, pop fests, even theatrical buskerfests. They're all on display in cities and towns throughout Canada this summer. At Connect Hearing, we love music, which is a big reason why we champion hearing… Read more...
One of Canada's premier golfing destinations is Prince Edward Island. There are more than two dozen courses in and around Charlottetown, the province's capital city. Those courses are a key to PEI's tourism, accounting for more than $100 million in economic activity each year. From… Read more...
Among the most recognizable sounds of summer in Canada are the noises of activity that come from the water. Whether it's splashing in a lake or the soft sounds of a canoe paddling through a stream, we find great enjoyment being out in the water for recreation.When the weather heats up,… Read more...
Each month we try to sift through the hearing aid clutter and present to our readers a special feature on one of our most popular hearing aids we offer at Connect Hearing. This month we are highlighting the very popular Quantum model from Unitron.The Unitron Quantum is a new generation of fully… Read more...
Now here is an an interesting spin on tinnitus being the muse for an album. The Oxford U.K. group Young Knives recently announced that their new album "Sick Octave" (set to come out in September 2013) is inspired by the singer Harry Dartnell's tinnitus. Here is what Dartnell says:"About a year… Read more...
     Connect Hearing goes coast to coast to name the best ear candy awaiting CanadiansFor Immediate ReleaseKelowna, British Columbia (July 10, 2013) — Summer has arrived in Canada and with it comes the promise of joyous activities… Read more...
The Hearing Foundation of Canada has carried out research which suggests that hearing loss affects up to ten percent of all Canadians yet only one in six people with hearing loss wear hearing aids. These statistics mean that around 80% of Canadians with some level of hearing impairment do… Read More
The NFL has become notorious because of the high number of concussions suffered by its players. And while we have talked this week about how hearing loss can be a result of excessive concussions, this article is about how athletes can overcome hearing loss and make it to the highest level of… Read more...
Along with reducing the amount of concussions children will incur, Hockey Canada's recent removal of bodychecking for children under 13 will also benefit their hearing health. That's the opinion of MJ DeSousa, our Director of Professional Practice.Bodychecking can result in a… Read more...
We all know that high-impact sports can lead to head injuries with significant consequences, including hearing loss. But not many of us are aware of the dangers of other sports considered safe and kid-friendly. One of these is cycling and oddly one of the reasons it isn't as safe as it could be… Read more...
Head injuries are difficult to diagnose because they're not apparent to an observer. Parents whose kids play high-impact sports or participate in activities where they might suffer falls need to ask questions and to monitor children's behaviour, looking for anything that may be out of… Read more...
A recent report from CBC news highlights a study that links whistle use and hearing loss in referees. The study, "Sports Officials Hearing Status: Whistle Use as a Factor Contributing to Hearing Trouble," has been published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene and it has caused… Read more...
   Audiences need precautions when viewing summer blockbusters, Connect Hearing saysFor Immediate ReleaseVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (June 14, 2013) — The makers of "Star Trek Into Darkness" should be arrested.That's not the opinion of… Read more...
When the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks do battle for the Stanley Cup, the buildings hosting the NHL championship series will be raucous. The decibel level at major sporting events routinely spikes above 100, beyond a safe level for human hearing. Wearing ear protection should be a must for… Read more...
   Connect Hearing says discussion is needed on the sport's affect on hearing healthFor Immediate ReleaseVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (June 5, 2013) — Hockey Canada's ban on hitting in the peewee ranks of the sport were done to protect kids… Read more...
With the summer quickly approaching and many people across the country are enjoying the warmer weather, we are releasing our list of Top 10 Hearing Health Tips for Summer."Hearing loss affects more than 3 million Canadians. Statistics show that hearing loss is also affecting younger and younger… Read more...
Toronto Star - Hearing Health Feature Media Planet Publishing - May 23, 2013Here is a link to this supplement where our Director of Professional Practice MJ DeSousa is featured on page 5.http://bit.ly/Z2NGiQ Read More
Anyone who knows me well, knows I really like video games. Not only playing them, but also keeping up to date on the games industry and any new gaming experiences that may be introduced by the creative artists and developers who do this for a living.Recently I came across some information… Read more...
    As the Victoria Day weekend arrives, Connect Hearing makes Canadians aware of the risks of summer activityFor Immediate ReleaseVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (May 17, 2013) — With the Victoria Day long weekend nearing and many Canadians… Read more...
Since May is Better Hearing Month, what better time to highlight the newest hearing aid just launched in Canada - the Phonak Audeo Q. The Phonak Audeo has long been one of our most popular hearing aid products recommended to our clients by our hearing professionals.The new Audeo Q is a very… Read more...
All over the country, Connect Hearing is taking part in community events in order to raise awareness of hearing loss in Canada. From free hearing screenings at your local pharmacy to hearing health seminars at the community centre, we believe in giving back to the communities we do business… Read more...
We are proud to announce that we are one of the community sponsors for the 2013 Victoria Drum Fest happening on Sunday May 5 at the Marriott Hotel in Victoria, BC.Featuring great artists like Larnell Lewis, Mitch Dorge, Mike Michalkow and Murray Creed, this event is shaping up to be amazing… Read more...
All week we have been counting down our list of the Top 10 Songs about Sound in celebration of the 2013 Juno Award winners. In the final part of our 5 part series we are covering the top 2 songs. Hopefully, we have also succeeded in raising awareness of hearing loss, especially in the music… Read more...
Part four of our Top 10 Songs about Sound is ready to go. Congratulations again to all the Juno Award winners from this past weekend and if you are a musician don't forget to protect your hearing...#4: Talkin' Bout a Revolution by Tracy ChapmanOne of the most iconic images of the… Read more...
Let's continue with our post Juno Awards celebration of music by listing numbers 6 and 5 on our top 10 list of Songs about Sound... # 6: Speed of Sound by ColdplayChris Martin says that "Speed of Sound" was inspired by being up at night with his daughter, Apple. The Coldplay lead… Read more...
In celebration of the Juno Awards this past weekend we are counting down the top 10 songs about sound while also trying to raise awareness of hearing loss, especially in musicians. Following are numbers 8 and 7 in the countdown...#8: Careless Whisper by George MichaelThe first single of… Read more...
In celebration of the Juno awards this past weekend, we are going to end April with a bang by counting down the top 10 songs about sound.So congratulations to all the 2013 Juno award winners and we hope you enjoy the countdown...and don't forget, if you are a musician - protect your… Read more...
    Top 10 Songs About Sound as Juno Awards NearConnect Hearing names the best rock tunes to honour Canada's music awards showcaseFor immediate ReleaseVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (April 15, 2013) — With the Juno Awards coming up on… Read more...
Now that spring has finally sprung we thought it would be a good idea to start featuring our most popular hearing aids each month. People are always looking for more information on our hearing aid products. If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss and are looking for some new hearing aids, it… Read more...
   Hearing Loss Plagues Canadian MusiciansAs Juno Awards near, Connect Hearing looks at rock stars who deal with hearing damageFor Immediate ReleaseTORONTO, ONTARIO (April 8, 2013) — In April, Canadians celebrate the annual Juno Awards, a… Read more...
With Colonel Chris Hadfield making Canadian history during his stay in space, we began to wonder - what do astronauts hear?According to the FAQ section from NASA's website:Q. Is there really sound in space?A. Actually...yes!!What is sound? It is a pressure wave. So long as you… learn more...
We are excited to announce that we opened the doors at our newest Vancouver clinic last week! We’re not shy showing off this new clinic considering the convenient location, new modern building, big bright windows and tall ceilings. The new space also boasts a spacious waiting room and a… Learn More
Curlers love their cheering crowd, cow bells, whistles, drums and horns. But can fan support get too loud?“We use a general guideline: if you’re at arm’s length and have to shout to be heard it’s too loud,” says Hearing Instrument Practitioner, Jon Waterhouse from… Learn More
We all know that untreated hearing loss can result in some negative side effects regarding both your mental and physical health. This has been proven through a number of reports and research over the years but men still reluctant to have their hearing tested may want to listen to the results of… Learn More
February is Heart Month so why are we talking about hearing? As is so often the case, our ears and hearing health are linked to other systems in our bodies.Studies show that a healthy cardiovascular system has a positive effect on hearing. And like the canary in the coal mine our inner ear… More about hearing aids
Joining our existing network of 14 hearing clinics in the lower mainland is Connect Hearing’s newest Vancouver location, set to open early March, 2013 on West Broadway at Spruce. How better to celebrate our new vibrant Broadway neighbourhood, than a top 10 list of Vancouver’s most… Learn more...
   Study Links Deafness to Sexual Dysfunction in MenAs Valentine's Day approaches, Connect Hearing says men need to take steps to stay connected to the ones they loveFor Immediate ReleaseVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (February 11, 2013) — Men… Read more...
Welcome to the final part in our three part series counting down the most amazing sounds in Canada. We've covered natural wonders to wildlife and even our national sport. But as they say, we have saved the best for last as we count down our top three amazing Canadian sounds.No. 3 Most… Learn more...
Check out our Director of Professional Practice MJ DeSousa talking about hearing health on Hamilton Life:Part 1: Segment starts at 4:10 mark.https://www.facebook.com/cbcmarketplace#!/photo.php?v=10151235528370213&set=vb.163694161326&type=2&theaterPart 2: Segment starts at… See more...
This week we are counting down the top 10 Amazing Sounds in Canada. These are the sounds you would never want to do without and the ones you seek out for thrills when travelling around the nation.In part two of our three part series, the countdown continues from number 7 through 4.No. 7… Learn more...
What sounds would you most miss if your hearing was compromised?Most of us will say it's the voices of family members and friends, and while that's true, we would also not want to go without the sounds that define us as a community and a country.In our effort to make 2013 the year… Learn more...
    Top 10 Most Amazing Sounds in VancouverIn celebration of its new clinic opening on Broadway & Spruce in Vancouver, Connect Hearing honours the City's ear candyFor Immediate ReleaseVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (January 30, 2013)… Read more...
     Super Bowl Fans Need to Protect Their Hearing When Ravens and 49ers battle, spectators and party-goers will need to take precautions, Connect Hearing says.VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (January 24, 2013) — The Ravens and 49ers… Read more...
Super Bowl Fans Need to Protect Their Hearing When Ravens and 49ers battle, spectators and party-goers will need to take precautions, Connect Hearing says.VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (January 24, 2013) — The Ravens and 49ers won't be the only ones at risk during the Super… See more...
 One of the most popular new year's resolutions Canadians make each year is to improve their health. Those resolutions often surround diets and exercise but we believe Canadians should also be doing more to improve their hearing health in 2013. With tip No. 4 in our list of new… Learn more...
Connect Hearing Names Canada's 10 Most Amazing SoundsNiagara Falls tops the list from Canada's hearing-health leaderVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (January 18, 2013) — What sounds would you most miss if your hearing was compromised?Most of us will say it's the voices of… See more...
The holidays are about family and the joy of staying connected.While it may seem counter to the Christmas spirit to discuss health matters, we think there's no better time than to raise the issue, especially if someone you know is showing signs of hearing loss.The holidays are about… Learn more...
    Connect Hearing lists the items you should give to be good to the earsVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (November 30, 2012) — This holiday season, be good to ears. Yours and those belonging to the people you love. That's the message from Connect… Read more...
 Last week we talked about the top 5 holiday gifts that should come with a pair of earplugs. This week, with only a handful of shopping days left, we have done a top 10 list of our recommended hearing friendly gift ideas.1. SilenceWhat would the gift of silence look like, and more… Learn more...
This week, Connect Hearing has been naming the top five holiday gifts that should come with a set of earplugs. The final gift idea on our list is one that many Canadians can expect to find under the tree. Movie gift certificates, they pack a lot of joy — and noise."The sound levels inside… Learn more...
One in five children in the U.S. has some form of hearing loss by the time they reach age 12, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) says in a recently released report on dangerous toys. When a favourite gift is unwrapped this year, parents should see if Santa has some earmuffs around for… Learn more...
     A dream gift for many Canadians is a new set of titanium golf clubs. Put a set of Callaway or TaylorMade clubs beneath the tree this Christmas and you'll be sure to put a smile on the face of your loved one.Surprisingly, though, golf can be… Learn more...
Day 2 of our look at the Top 5 Earplug-Worthy Holiday Gifts is an easy one. Guitars, drums, electronic drum kits, keyboards, horns and the like are certain to be among the best-loved gifts someone receives this holiday season. However, musical instruments bring with them a hearing health risk that… Learn more...
If you're looking for stocking stuffers for this year, you should also consider earplugs to go along with some of the popular gifts that can pack a lot of joy as well as noise. We have come up with five holiday gifts ideas that are sure to impress but which should also be wrapped with a handy… Learn more...
Many athletes affectionately refer to ibuprofen as “vitamin I” because they take it so often to aid recovery from tight muscles. I know as a recreational triathlete and mountain biker for many years this has been the case for me personally.What I didn’t know was that as a… Learn more...
   Connect Hearing suggests making hearing health a consideration when buying presents for loved ones this yearVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (November 26, 2012) — If you're looking for stocking stuffers for this year, think about earplugs to go along with… Read more...
 For a musician and a family man like Jeremy Williams, sound enhances life. But it's been missing. Not totally gone, but not completely there either. Williams is one of the more than 7 million Canadians diagnosed with some form of hearing loss. He had been using hearing aids to boost… Learn more...
While much dangerous wartime noise is obvious  ̶  blasts, sound pressure associated with hand guns, rifles, artillery, rockets and jet engines   ̶  industrial “steady state” noise, combat training, military vehicles and communications systems all had the… Learn more...
Just in time for Halloween – the top 5 sounds that make us squirm, cringe and cover our ears!Nails on a chalkboard is consistently voted as one of the most cringe-worthy sounds we can hear. And the reason may be part physiology and part psychology. “I’m convinced that watching… Learn more...
  One of our Hearing Professionals sent me this link last week and I though since we are almost at that time of year for gift ideas I though I would share it on our blog. What a great gift idea for the doll collector in your family - a special version of an American Girl Doll that… Learn more...
We have BTE, ITE, CIC and CRT hearing aids but have you ever heard of an ITM (In-the-Mouth) hearing device?Scientists in Britain have developed a hearing aid device that slots onto the back teeth to help people who are deaf in one ear. The latest stats mention that about one in ten adults… Learn more...
Talking to your parents, grandparents or partner about their hearing loss is a difficult task. No one ever wants to be the bearer of bad news or play the role of bad guy.In recent weeks, we have been offering tips on how to confront a loved one's hearing loss. Our advice has included… Learn more...
    Connect Hearing says extremely loud noise at sporting events and in sports bars can lead to hearing damageVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (October 15, 2012) — As the NHL continues to cancel games because of the ongoing labour lockout, the hearts of… Read more...
Hearing and depression: it’s a sensitive topic because so many of our clients are outgoing, lifestyle oriented people who have taken steps to stay connected. But for those with untreated hearing loss, studies show a higher incidence of depressive symptoms.Fatigue, stress and… Learn more...
How do you tell the people you care about that they have a hearing issue?It's a conundrum for millions of Canadians whose loved ones — whether it be a parent, grandparent or spouse — are slow to acknowledge their hearing loss.It's a fact that the people who notice our… Learn more...
Recently a couple of Connect Hearing head office staffers ventured down to Seattle for a Seahawks-Cowboys football game. The comment when they returned: “It was SO loud my ears were ringing for three days afterwards!” This proclamation was accompanied by big smiles and a “You have… Learn more...
This entire week we have already covered the top 4 reasons why we think you should talk to someone you care about if you notice they are dealing with hearing loss. Flashback!Reason Number One. To improve their quality of life.Reason Number Two. For their safety.Reason Number Three.… Learn more...
As you are most likely aware by now, we are covering the top 5 reasons why you should speak to your friend, partner or workmate about hearing loss. We have already covered reasons one, two and three and now it is time to unveil the fourth reason in our list.Reason Number Four. For a stronger… Learn more...
   Network of hearing-health clinics advises how to talk to a loved one about a sensitive issueVICTORIA, BC (September 12, 2012) — It's time to break the silence when it comes to hearing loss in Canadian families, according to Connect Hearing. The… Read more...
Today, we are going to cover the second reason why you should talk about hearing loss with your loved one. The first reason was to improve the quality of their life and the second, as you will see is just as important.Reason Number Two. For their safety.Those who deal with hearing loss are… Learn more...
Parents have trouble talking to their kids about sex and, as time goes on, kids have trouble talking to parents about hearing loss. The reasons for the shyness about these subjects are the same — we don't want to point out changes occurring in another person's body that he or she… Learn more...
Most of us over 40 expect we’ll eventually need reading glasses. What we may not realize is that our hearing changes too.Presbycusis is the technical name for the loss of hearing high-pitched sounds. Like reading glasses, high frequency loss can come with age. Examples? Birds chirping,… Learn more...
It's that time of year again. Students, teachers and volunteers are all heading back to school. Whether you have kids, teenagers or even parents returning to the classroom, we felt this was a great time to raise awareness of the possible risks to your hearing health. Here is our top 5… More about hearing aids
Have you ever noticed the amount of loud shrieking that is happening on today's professional tennis circuit? No, it's not the crowd but the athletes and this "grunting" could possibly be dangerous to your hearing.I found out through a recent CBC article that it all started in the… Learn more...
Did you know that few summer activities are as stressful on your hearing as boating? When you combine engine noise, the loud blowing of the wind and the buzzsaw-like sound you hear when you zip over waves, your ears are inundated with excess noise while you're out on the water.In the 1970s… Learn more...
Motorcycling, to no one's surprise, isn't good for your ears. What may stun people, though, is that it's not the loud roar of the engine that leaves riders most vulnerable. Our Director of Professional Practice MJ DeSousa says, "Wind noise is a not-so silent threat to the… Learn more...
   Enjoy the Sounds of Caribana Without Risk to Your Ears Toronto's Caribbean festival is only one of many outdoor summer events that have high noise levelsVICTORIA, B.C. (July 10, 2012) — Toronto's annual Caribana Festival is a lavish and… Read more...
   5 Summer Activities that Can Hurt Your Hearing Golf and boating are among Connect Hearing's list of warm-weather pursuits that put your ears at riskVICTORIA, B.C. (July 10, 2012) — With the joys of summer comes the necessary precautions to limit… Read More
Not all musicians suffering from hearing loss attribute the main cause to loud music. Phil Collins, British solo artist and lead singer of Genesis, first noticed an issue when he suddenly lost all hearing in one ear. "At the time, I was recording in the States and had spent the day singing… Learn more...
   FIREWORKS MAY AFFECT HEARING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND ANIMALSVictoria, B.C. (June 26, 2012) — Fireworks are fun but they can also be loud, very loud. “When fireworks burst, they can be as loud as a jet engine or a rifle shot,” says MJ DeSousa,… Read more...
   SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS CAN CAUSE HEARING DAMAGEConnect Hearing says action scenes in films like 'The Avengers' and 'Dark Knight Rises' will traumatize our auditory system.Victoria, B.C. (June 18, 2012) — All great blockbuster movies… Read more...
 According to the Sacramento Bee, Phonak is partnering up with the Special Olympics, Congressman Jim Ryun, and the Healthy Hearing Initiative Program to bring some much needed awareness to the hearing loss industry.Although you might not expect it, being able to hear the roar of the… Learn more...
Take a look at this Shaw TV segment, recently shot at our Royal Oak clinic in Victoria, British Columbia featuring Hearing Instrument Practitioner Alison Graham.I think this is a great segment in that is really reflects the passion of our consultants and how they really want to help people with… Learn more...
 As a new dad and long-time comic book fan I was really impressed with this story about Marvel Comics creating a new Hearing impaired super hero based on the likeness of 4-year old Anthony Smith who suffers from hearing loss in New Hampshire.Here is a link to the article from CBS news… Learn more...
If you are dealing with hearing loss there’s really nothing wrong with trying out a pair of hearing aids. See for yourself how far technology has come in such a short time. Hearing aids today not only sound great they are also practically invisible!There is no better time to book a… Learn more...
Do you have a friend or family member who talks too much? He or she could be an asset when it comes to testing your hearing — and not only for moral support. Bringing a friend or loved one to your hearing consultation will actually help with the assessment!Here's how:A familiar… Learn more...
Adapting to a new hearing aid requires patience, practice and communication. Make sure you give yourself time to adjust and begin by testing it around family and friends at a low volume.It is helpful to remember that in most cases, a person with new hearing aids will be hearing sounds they have… Learn more...
Taking care of your hearing aid should be as routine as daily teeth brushing, after all your hearing aid is an investment into your health and social life.Regular maintenance will reduce repair costs, keep them running in optimum condition and most importantly extend the life of your hearing… Learn more...
Recent research has indicated that hearing loss could be a precursor to other health issues like Alzheimer’s to cardiovascular disease.This article from Men's Health says a recent study coming out of the US shows that the most routinely missed test conducted by your physician at your… Learn more...
Do you often experience mild humming, whistling, buzzing or roaring noises?Although normally associated with “ringing” sounds, tinnitus may be experienced as a range of noises and can be extremely debilitating if not addressed.Recently Coldplay’s Chris Martin revealed he… Learn more...
Ok, maybe “hot” isn’t the right word, but hearing aids are a whole lot more fashionable than you think.Recently designers have come up with hearing aids that double up as fashion accessories. Not only are they functional but they allow the user to show off a bit of… Learn more...
Hearing loss doesn’t sneak up on any of us. It’s a gradual process whose negative effects can be dealt with if you are aware of your condition early on.Do you complain that others mumble?Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?Are you in denial about your… Learn more...
Sure, earbuds are cheap and easy to haul around, but to best protect your ears, invest in quality headphones with noise-cancelling technology that cushion your ears and reduce the amount of noise you don’t want to hear, thereby allowing you to listen to your audio choices without feeling the… Learn more...
We all love our music, but when you’re rocking away on your MP3 player your ears are taking a drumming. Best way to ensure you stay connected to the songs you love — not to mention the people in your life — is to pump down the volume.The latest statistics show that our… Learn more...
You can do a lot more for your ears than sticking your fingers in them when things get loud. Invest in stylish and easy-to-carry apparel that will protect your hearing.Whether you’re swimming, playing music, at the shooting range or working at a construction site, custom ear plugs and… Learn more...
  Booing During NHL Playoffs Can Hurt Your Health: Connect HearingExcessive arena noise threatens eardrums and hearing capacityFor ReleaseVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (April 30, 2012) — Can booing hurt your health?According to Connect Hearing, the answer… Read more...
Sometimes we don’t even realize our hearing is at jeopardy, especially when we are distracted by work. You should always be on the listen for noise that can potentially lead to hearing loss. Carry earplugs and use them whenever you encounter construction or irritants like vacuum cleaners… Learn more about this tip...
I am very happy to announce that for the third year in a row Connect Hearing has  been named one of the Best Workplaces in Canada. Employee feedback has been amazing as Angela, one of our Customer Care Representatives says:“I am fortunate to be part of an organization that… Learn more...
I’ve been a hockey fan my entire life. Some of my earliest memories of growing up in Alberta, Ontario and BC involve playing in the snow on Saturday afternoon until my Dad called us inside to watch Hockey Night in Canada.This is such an exciting time for Canadians – playoffs kick… Learn more...
Spring has sprung, the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. What better time to highlight one of our most popular hearing aids – the Phonak Nano.This product is perfect for those people with mild to moderate hearing loss who want a “completely-in-the-canal (CIC)”… Learn more...
According to The Hearing Journal, there’s an app for just about everything these days, and the hearing industry is certainly no exception.  Although you may not see them very often, a wide variety of apps to aid with hearing health are making their way into the spotlight.Unitron,… Learn more...
Do you know anybody who may be suffering from hearing loss but always has the same old excuse not to do something about it? Take a look at these popular hearing loss myths and learn the true facts behind these statements.Myth: "If someone’s hearing loss is really bad, nothing can help… Learn more...
A recent US study out of Johns Hopkins University has determined that millions of people with hearing loss are not using hearing aids.The research pointed out that nearly 6.7 Million Americans aged 50 or over have hearing loss but only 1 in 7 or 14% actually use a hearing aid.I guess that… Learn more
When people come to realize that their hearing is not what it used to be, they can react in different ways. Some take a practical approach by dealing with it systematically and unemotionally. Others feel quite emotional about it and equate hearing loss with negative feelings. Often this is a result… More about hearing aids
Now we all know exposure to second hand smoke is not good for you but did you know a recent US study has found a link to second-hand smoke and hearing loss in teenagers? It is estimated that 60% of children in the US are exposed to second-hand smoke and the study found that the greater the… Learn more...
MJ DeSousa is Director of Audiology at Connect Hearing. She leads our team of hearing professionals working across the country to help people hear better. ASK MJ is back this month to answer another frequently asked question about hearing loss. Today we will answer:"What… Learn more...
In celebration of Valentine's Day, our "Hear what you've been missing" post features arguably the most famous love song ever recorded... "Unchained Melody" as performed by the Righteous Brothers.Imagine you struggled with hearing loss and could not fully hear this song as it is meant… More about hearing aids
Strong communication is a key component of relationships between spouses, family members and friends. When a person’s ability to hear diminishes over time, connections with their loved ones can be affected.It often takes people several years to recognize they have hearing loss. Over… Learn more...
There are so many hearing aid brands out there  I thought I would take some time to highlight one of our most popular models…The Unitron Moxi™!The evolution of hearing aid technology has been nothing short of amazing and this is especially true when looking at the… Learn more...
I would like to thank Stephanie MacLeod, B.A. Psych. M.SC. Aud (C), our Registered Audiologist based in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia for tackling another one of our "Ask the Hearing Expert" posts.Stephanie, as a musician, how can I protect my hearing?Musicians hear their music at a safer… Learn more...
Did you know that KISS frontman Paul Stanley is deaf in one ear? He was born with Microtia, an issue that results in the incomplete formation of the ear.On top of his deafness and spending a majority of his life around musicians and LOUD music, Stanley has gained a unique appreciation for… Learn more...
MJ DeSousa is Director of Audiology at Connect Hearing. She leads our team of hearing professionals working across the country.In this video series, MJ answers a number of frequently asked questions about hearing loss. This particular question focuses on : "Why am I having… Learn more...
All the Connect Hearing Staff from across the country would like to wish you, your family and friends a very Happy Hearing New Year! How many of you over the holidays may have noticed that someone you know may be suffering from hearing loss? Check out this video from a US morning show of Drs.… Learn more...
I recently came across an interesting article from CBC.ca  that looked at Ludwig Van Beethoven’s hearing loss and how it may have influenced the style of his music throughout his life.The study from the British Medical Journal looked specifically at the composer’s use of high… Read More
The holidays are all about family gatherings and making memories. Since over half of Canadians over the age of 65 are affected by hearing loss, most family gatherings this year will include at least one person who is hard of hearing. These tips will help your loved one to stay connected during your… Read More
   December 15, 2011, Victoria, BC – Most gatherings this holiday season will include at least one person with hearing loss.  More than half of Canadians over 65 have some form of hearing loss, which can make it difficult to distinguish between competing… Read more...

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