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Why choose Horizon Hearing Centres?

What separates Horizon Hearing Centres from every other clinic? At Horizon Hearing Centres, we are a family owned and operated clinic. From the two brothers who test and fit hearing aids, to the sister who manages the office, to their father who helps as a patient coordinator, to their mother’s homemade baking in the waiting room. Horizon Hearing Centres means family helping family. Let our family take care of your family. To go above and beyond for every client is just the way that every client is treated. When you care about helping people, its shows. Join the thousands who have made Horizon Hearing Centres their choice for better hearing.

Does my health plan have coverage for hearing aids?

Believe it or not, even some of the best group insurance plans today cover 0% when it comes to hearing aids. Vision, dental and medications are the 3 biggest covered expenses, but the most expensive health care item is a hearing aid. Does your plan provide coverage for hearing aids? Are you 55 years of age or nearing retirement with no more coverage through your workplace? If you are looking for a comprehensive health plan for retirement that includes hearing aids, contact Jason Smith at RCS Insurance Consultants. You can contact Jason Smith at: Tel: (204) 942-0936 Email: jason@rcsinsurance.ca

RINGING IN THE EARS? WE CAN HELP!

Tinnitus is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. The new Tinnitus SoundSupport™ from Oticon can provide some relief to those who suffer from tinnitus. Oticon Tinnitus SoundSupport™ helps  to ease the effects of tinnitus by using sound stimulation to shift attention away from the sound that tinnitus creates. You also have the ability to customize the sound you want to hear. There are a variety of sounds available to personalize to your needs. Oticon’s Tinnitus SoundSupport™ is a valuable addition to a tinnitus management program, and should be used in conjunction with tinnitus management programs providing instructional counseling.

Tinnitus varies widely with regard to level, spectral content, temporal characteristics and degree of annoyance. This variability [...] Read more

A LINK BETWEEN CANCER TREATMENTS AND HEARING LOSS

Some chemotherapy drugs, other medications or radiation used to treat children's cancer can damage hearing. Hearing loss can interfere with daily living. People who received the treatments listed below should have their hearing checked and obtain treatment if hearing loss is found.

 

Cancer Therapies that Increase the Risk of Hearing Loss

  • Chemotherapy from the "platinum" group, such as cisplatin and carboplatin
  • Antibiotics from the "aminoglycoside" group, such as gentamicin or tobramycin
  • Diuretics from the "loop" classification, such as furosemide (Lasix) or ethacrynic acid (Edecrin)
  • Radiation to the head, especially when the beam is directed at the brainstem or ear
  • Surgery involving the brain, ear, or auditory (eighth cranial) nerve

 

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Better Hearing and Speech Month

CTV Morning Live came down to our Pembina location to do a few segments on Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids.

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=355389

Our Facebook page has more links to the interview.

Enjoy these moments

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A hearing aid that works with your iPhone- GN Resound introduces LiNX

GN Resound introduces the first hearing aid made for iPhone.

This revolutionary new product is called the LiNX  and it is the the first ever hearing aid that is designed to be fully compatable with your iPhone or any Apple product. The small design mixed with a very fast new platform chip allow the LiNX hearing aid users to do so much more than current hearing aids.

Find out more about this exciting new product.

Horizon Hearing Centres is your EXCLUSIVE dealer in Manitoba for the new GN Resound LiNX. Call today to book your free hearing test and discuss what the LINX can do for you.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF HEARING LOSS

Our ears are made up of a number of different components that allow us to hear.  There are a few different conditions that can cause someone to lose their hearing.  These following four conditions are the most common types of hearing loss:

 

Single sided deafness

Single sided deafness is a condition where one ear hears significantly less than the other.  It can be caused by a birth defect, head trauma, or disease.  It is often treated with a hearing aid , so that the individual can have the ability to hear equally with both ears.

Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is also known as “nerve deafness”, is caused when there are problems with the inner ear.  This condition causes people to have difficulty with the clarity of sounds and voices, and it can [...] Read more

THE IMPORTANCE OF HEARING TESTS/SCREENING FOR ADULTS & SENIORS

An estimated 30% of people aged 65+ and 14% of people aged 45-64 are said to have some type of hearing loss in the United States, and for Canada we’re sure it’s not so different. Annual testing and screenings are an ever-growing concern because of the rise in cardiovascular disease and depression among adults and senior canadians. Let’s take a look at the biggest reasons why you should get an annual hearing screening or test at a hearing centre.

Health

Your health is one of the main reasons why you should receive annual screenings because hearing loss can be a sign or symptom of other more dangerous health conditions. Hearing loss can be a side effect of heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. Hearing loss can also be affected by [...] Read more

3 THINGS THAT MAY BE CAUSING YOUR HEARING LOSS

Some causes of hearing loss may be right under our noses. Read more about what may be causing your hearing loss and be sure to get hearing screenings.

Diet

A poor diet and lifestyle is synonymous with declining health and age-related diseases. Recent studies show that bad diets impacts the blood vessels in the body; from the heart to the brain, some foods (such as processed and trans-fats) can damage your body’s blood vessels. This is because certain healthy fats, vitamins and minerals are not being consumed by the elderly. For good health, consuming plenty of Omega 3 fatty-acids, Vitamin D (sunshine!), and fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk of various diseases cause hearing loss.


Eating a wide array of fruits and vegetables can help your body [...] Read more

WHAT IS DRUG RELATED HEARING LOSS OR OTOTOXICITY?

Most of us don’t think twice about taking an antibiotic when sick, or an anti-inflammatory drug when in pain. With successful medical revelations it seems that we have revoked caution and completely indulged in medical treatments and medications. Although most medications are safe, there are a number of painkillers, antibiotics and diuretics that pose serious risk to your hearing.

The condition of losing your hearing due to medication is called ototoxicity. Ototoxicity is caused by any drug that causes toxic reactions to structures of the inner ear.  Most times the hearing change is reversible when medication is discontinued, however, occasionally this change in hearing can be permanent.

The following is a brief list of what you should know about ototoxic [...] Read more

RINGING IN MY EARS: WHAT IS IT?

Do you suffer from a ringing in your ears that no one else can hear? Don’t worry! You’re not alone! Approximately 1 in 5 people suffer from a phantom noise that they describe to be anything from a loud roar to a faint tinkling.

This bizarre, but real occurrence is known as tinnitus, remarkably not a condition itself, but a symptom of an underlying condition. It can affect one or both ears at a time and its severity varies from one person to another. The sound may be constant, pulsing or sporadic, beginning suddenly or developing gradually. The severity of tinnitus differs in every individual; therefore, reactions to the condition are significantly diverse.

Let us take a look at what causes this intolerable noise and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you.

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DO I NEED A HEARING AID? 4 TELL-TALE SIGNS YOU MIGHT

When we’re young we take advantage of our hearing. Choosing not wearing ear protection in harshly loud environments, turning up the music too loud for too long, and listening to the traffic with the window down in the car in the summer can all contribute to poor hearing when we’re older. This type of hearing loss is also permanent. It forces many older women and men off to hearing clinics getting fit for hearing aids.

Not sure if you need a hearing aid? Here are the top 4 signs you might.

 

1. You have been exposed to a noisy environment daily.

Being exposed to a loud environment daily can deteriorate your hearing. This type of hearing loss is not noticeable at the start, and sounds may have turned dull and maybe not as sharp as they used to be, but [...] Read more

HOW DOES HEARING TESTING WORK?

Hearing tests in clinics are called audiometric evaluations and most commonly performed by audiologists. The test is noninvasive and measures the person’s ability to hear different sounds, pitches and frequencies. Audiometric equipment for hearing testing works to discover if hearing aids will improve your hearing.


Moreover, audiometric testing has the ability to detect what type of hearing loss you have: sensorineural, which is damage to the nerve or cochlea, or conductive hearing loss, which is damage to the eardrum and tiny bones (ossicles) found in the ear.


Inner ear picture


Since we hear by creating sound waves as the air vibrates and sends electrical signals to the brain from the eardrum to the ossicles and cochlea.


There can be three types of tests or more done during a [...] Read more

Hearing Loss and Headphones: How Loud is too Loud

Throw caution to your childrens and teens ears. Make sure your kids or grandkids can hear you while they are listening to music under headphones, as they may suffer permanent hearing loss. Many data show that hearing loss is in teens is much higher in comparison to the 1980s and 90s due to the widespread use of headphones.


How Loud is too Loud?


Music playing louder than 100 dB can cause significant hearing loss. To reduce the risk of hearing loss from headphones, play music only at 60% maximum on your players and sound systems, and the quieter the better. Moreover, the amount of time listening should be reduced to an hour. Some headphones can play between max volumes of 75 decibels and 120 decibels, and the average conversation is 65 dB. Generally, it doesn’t [...] Read more