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

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