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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...
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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