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5 Benefits of Healthy Hearing

“Do you want to go out for dinner?”

That’s a question that always deserves an enthusiastic “Yes!”

But what if you stop yourself from enjoying a restaurant dinner because you find it too hard to follow a conversation in a noisy environment?

There have been tremendous advances in hearing aid technology since your grandparents’ day. Hearing aids can be highly customized to adapt to specific types of hearing loss and they are so discreet, they are barely noticeable.

Here are five reasons why getting your hearing tested will lead to a happier, more fulfilling life

1. You’ll say yes more often

Two people feel badly when you have to say “no” to an invitation. You, and the person doing the asking. Think of how much better you’ll feel when you can embrace new opportunities — and try out that new restaurant everyone’s raving about.

2. No more excuses

It can be difficult to explain why you are isolating yourself. Sometimes you make up reasons not to join friends or family at events. It’s hard for them to understand why, especially since all they want is to spend time with you.

3. You’ll feel more in control of your life

We waste a lot of energy finding ways to cope with awkward situations. It’s better to turn the awkward situation into a positive one. You’ll be glad you’re doing something about your hearing loss — and others will be, too.

4. Only actors get applause for pretending to be someone they’re not

Stop nodding your head to make people think you understand what they’re saying. Chances are they haven’t been fooled.

5. You can live in the moment

You have the right to feel fully involved in life. Your life. It wears you down to keep saying, “Pardon? Can you repeat that?” The only thing that needs repeating is time spent enjoying the company of others.

If you think it’s time to start living life in the fullest, or know someone who needs a gentle nudge, book your free HearingLife consultation here or call 1-833-776-4733

Think Before You Bet

Summer is upon us, so it’s time to enjoy ball season: Football and baseball are back in full swing. With watching our favourite sports comes the opportunity to wager on them as well. Know the lingo (money line, run line, over/under, point spread, parlays), keep a budget and plan ahead. With the advent of sportsbooks and in-game wagering options, it has become easy to place a bet while emotions run high. As our friends at in the UK say: “Avoid Bet Regret: Think Before You Bet.” To learn more, check our website. We are here to help.

Do Hearing Aids Help Tinnitus?

Hearing is one of the most vital senses. As we age, however, we may experience difficulties in this area. While hearing loss is common and well-known in older adults, tinnitus is a sign of auditory disfunction that affects our ability to hear as well. It can present itself as an irritating and encompassing ringing, hissing, or buzzing noise that is seemingly impossible to eliminate. There are two main types, subjective and objective, where the former and most common type can only be heard by the patient and the latter may be detectable by a doctor. Tinnitus may only impact one ear or both, and its persistence can ebb and flow depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Chronic tinnitus may cause you to feel frequently disoriented. It can have an impact similar to hearing loss because you may find it difficult to understand and engage in conversations. Unfortunately, without proper treatment, some individuals may unnecessarily suffer for years while the condition goes untreated.

Living with tinnitus is possible. Although there is no cure, a proper diagnosis can lead to a specialized plan to allow those afflicted to live their lives more like they once did. In addition, recommendations from a hearing healthcare professional can help alleviate stress and ensure your symptoms are managed. With that in mind, do hearing aids help with tinnitus? Where does this condition come from? And when should you see a hearing healthcare professional? Read on to learn the answers to these questions. We’ll also provide a bit more information about tinnitus.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Sometimes, an exact cause cannot be found for someone’s tinnitus. However, lifestyle can be taken into account and may play a role in the severity of this condition. Risks can include overexposure to loud noises, aging, and certain health problems and diseases.

You may experience tinnitus due to an ear infection or canal blockage. An ear infection is caused by a virus or bacteria that creates fluid buildup in the eardrum. As a result, you’ll experience pain and swelling, sometimes causing permanent damage in the process. Similarly, your ears could also be blocked by excessive wax, dirt, or other debris. All of these possibilities will result in increased pressure in this confined area.

If you have recently been in a car accident or another incident that leads to some kind of head or neck trauma, the force of the impact can cause tinnitus. This is because the condition is linked to the brain in addition to the ears. Therefore, any strain on that area of the body could change its normal functionality and thus cause ripple effects to your senses.

In addition, medications like antibiotics may also cause tinnitus or worsen its symptoms. The unwanted ringing may sometimes dissipate when the drug is stopped. However, halting a prescription without consulting your doctor can be dangerous, so ensure you discuss with them first if you think a medication may be causing your tinnitus.

How Can a Hearing Aid Help?

You may be wondering, do hearing aids help with tinnitus? Or can a hearing aid stop tinnitus? In many cases, wearing one of these devices can reduce the symptoms of this condition and can sometimes eliminate the unwanted sound completely. Hearing aids are capable of controlling several elements of your hearing, thanks to innovations in hearing aid technology, an industry that is always evolving to suit the needs of individuals better. With various brands and styles, a solution from your hearing healthcare professional is likely available to those suffering from tinnitus symptoms.

Another improvement is due to an increase in background noise. Hearing cars driving by, drops of rain, and footsteps more clearly can help filter out or even cover up the ringing or buzzing. Some hearing aids also have Bluetooth capabilities or white noise options, so you can listen to some kind of sound no matter the time of day. With your brain stimulated by these noises, it can help reteach your mind which signals to deliver and which ones to ignore.

One of the main complications of living with tinnitus is stress, which can cause your condition to flare up, becoming increasingly difficult to manage. As a result, you’ll likely be left frustrated and fatigued. With hearing aids, you can reduce your stress levels, thereby feeling more in control of your sensory experience.

Since tinnitus can also affect your sleep because the sound you hear may be increasingly difficult to ignore at night, learning to live day-to-day with hearing aids may help lessen its impact in the evening. It is recommended you remove your hearing aids before going to bed for safety purposes, but your brain may learn to quiet these noises since its ability to do is being stretched and flexed during the daytime. You’ll also likely be more engaged in everyday activities, enjoy a profound sense of calmness, and may notice sounds you have not experienced in a long time.

It is important to note that hearing aids are not a cure for tinnitus. They can only provide auditory stimulation to help with the uncomfortable symptoms of this condition.

Should I Schedule an Appointment with a Hearing Professional?

Once your hearing has impacted your ability to accomplish and engage in everyday tasks, you should make an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional. This is especially true if your tinnitus has affected your ability to walk, causing you bouts of dizziness or leaving you uncoordinated.

A hearing care professional can be available to listen to your symptoms, perform important tests, and offer you a thorough diagnosis that can be explained in terms you can understand.

Auditory health is a part of your overall well-being. When one of your senses struggles to perform as it once did, it can be challenging to understand what is happening or how to move forward with the things you enjoy doing. Everyone’s hearing needs are unique and require a personalized approach for effective management. By understanding your unique circumstances, a HearingLife hearing professional can develop a comprehensive plan that addresses your specific needs and goals.

Take the first step towards better hearing by booking a free hearing test at any HearingLife clinic near you.

New Short-Term Respite Care

Respite care is part of the long-term care continuum, yet publicly funded respite care beds are limited in their availability and demand for them is growing. For this reason, Providence Living is exploring how to provide short-term, private-pay respite services at The Views at St. Joseph’s in Comox. This service will address the care gap for families who need respite for a loved one but don’t qualify for a publicly funded bed. The short-term respite program launched on June 05, 2023. This private room has its own sink and toilet, and the daily fee includes all meals, 24-hour nursing care, activities, outings, and much more.

Reconnect with YOU

You deserve to relax and enjoy the summer. Take time to Reconnect with YOU! Take walks in the sunshine – by the beach, in the forest or just around your neighbourhood. Summer is also a time to celebrate the joy of being alive and the pleasure of gathering with family and friends. Some say that joy comes when you make peace with who you are, why you are and how you are. Are negative emotions stopping you from being in JOY? A Certified Body/Emotion Code Practitioner can help you release any unprocessed negative (trapped) emotions to allow more time for relaxation, self-care and JOY!

Enjoy Summer Heat with Care

Summer temperatures and blue skies entice you to go outdoors, stay active and enjoy your community. Be careful and watch for heat stroke. A rise in core body temperature can have devastating effects. Symptoms include headache, nausea, dry red skin, thirst and dizziness, which can lead to disorientation, vomiting and collapse. To avoid this scenario, stay in cooler places and wear a hat and sun-protective clothing. Cool yourself down with cool cloths on your forehead and the back of your neck. A cool foot bath can help too. Hydrate well and use sunscreen. Enjoy this lovely weather with common sense!

Prepare Kids for the Future

How can we better prepare our kids for the future when so many feel anxious, due in part to the lingering effects of the pandemic? Research shows that when we give kids access to opportunities that foster recreation and group engagement, their resilience muscle is strengthened and they feel more optimistic. By investing in the tools and resources kids need to thrive today, we can help the next generation face the future with confidence and compassion. To learn more or to access free SOS programs for children and youth, contact us or come by our Community Services Centre in Parksville or Qualicum Beach.

Expanded Role for Pharmacists

Do you know that your pharmacist can assess and prescribe medication for certain minor conditions that do not require a doctor’s visit? These include; skin rashes, fungal infections, heartburn, seasonal allergies, shingles, UTIs and vaginal yeast infections. When you have a minor condition, visit your pharmacist for a free assessment. After the assessment, your pharmacist may prescribe medication or refer you to another healthcare provider. If a prescription is issued, a prescription fee applies, just as prescriptions are issued by a physician. Your primary care provider will be notified to support continuity of care and treatment outcomes.

Quick, Easy Relief from Fear and Anxiety

When in fear and anxiety our physical, emotional and mental experiences are uncomfortable and sometimes scary. These include a pounding heart accompanied with increased blood pressure, tightness in the chest and perhaps feeling trapped when in a panic attack. A simple and effective technique for relief is Straw Breathing. Position your lips as if you have a straw in your mouth. Take a deep breath through your nose. Very slowly exhale through your mouth maintaining the straw position. Repeat a comforting thought, simply, ‘I am safe’, to enhance the therapeutic effect. Repeat 5-6 times.

Safe at Home

There are a variety of products that help you stay mobile and safe in your home. Some of these include: STAIRLIFTS – choose from a variety of stairlifts to suit any type of stairway – straight, curved, split-level, or intermediate landing; fast in-home or virtual consultations available. POWER LIFT RECLINERS – available in a wide range of styles, colours and materials, they help the user lower into and raise from a seated position with ease. GO-GO SCOOTER® & GO CHAIR® – exceptional portability and provide a whole new level of comfort and performance with feather-touch disassembly. Visit us at MOTION™ Nanaimo to find out more.

Stay Safe This Summer

The weather is getting hot and it’s not likely to get cool again anytime soon. Make sure to drink plenty of water; it’s very easy to get dehydrated which can cause fatigue, dizziness and the potential to fall. Wear sunscreen; a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 50 is recommended and it should be re-applied every two hours while outdoors. With the heat comes smoke from wildfires; on days when you smell or see smoke, be sure to stay inside as much as possible. If you must venture outside, consider wearing a face mask. Stay cool!