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Full or partial hearing loss presents a tremendous challenge for millions of Canadians each year. While some signs might be hard to notice, such as slight ringing in the background, difficulty hearing in crowded environments or even challenges hearing certain pitches, other symptoms are more severe and can make daily life more difficult. While the symptoms are often different, they all present very real difficulties at work, at home, and among friends.
No matter your individual circumstances, the knowledge of a qualified RHIP is important to provide an accurate hearing test so they can find the best hearing aid to suit your hearing problems. Our team at the Courtenay NexGen Hearing clinic located on 11th Street is passionate about providing the highest quality hearing aid care to all of our patients. Contact us today for your free hearing test, and get back to hearing the fantastic sounds all around our city!
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Meet Your Local Hearing Professional
Carly moved to Victoria in 2007 to attend the Medical Office Assistant program at Camosun College. Carly stumbled into hearing through the medical field while working for an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) specialist where she worked reception and did hearing testing for 10 years. Carly began the Hearing Instrument Practitioner program through MacEwan University in 2016 and became licensed in 2020. She was fortunate to do her apprenticeship with Mike at the Downtown NexGen Hearing clinic and chose to continue with NexGen Hearing because their philosophy in patient centered care aligns with her own.
Melissa graduated from Grant MacEwan University in 2013 and has been a Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner since 2016. Her love of music, learning recording and audio post-production led her to discover the world of hearing healthcare. It is the best of both worlds combining the knowledge and love of technology and an eagerness to learn advancements to improve the lives of others. Melissa is excited to provide client orientated care and help bring understanding and solutions to each person’s hearing journey.
CUSTOMER CARE REPRESENTATIVE
Maria Buckley joined the NexGen Hearing team as a CCR in Courtenay in February 2014. She has worked with the public in customer service for many years. Maria was born and raised in the Comox Valley and loves working alongside with Audiologist Sue Sinclair. Maria is hoping to become a Hearing Instrument Practitioner in the future. She believes in making sure everyone leaves laughing or smiling on their way out the door. Maria’s interests are teaching dance, helping her husband in Rotary, having fun with her kids, making frames, walking, and spending time with family and friends.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The adjustment period for a new hearing aid can vary from person to person. Most people become fully adjusted to their hearing aid within two to three weeks, but some people can take up to four months to become completely comfortable with their hearing aid.
It’s important to remain patient while you get used to your hearing aid, but if you suspect that your hearing aid is not calibrated properly or it isn’t working for you, come back to see us and we’ll help you adjust your hearing aid or set you up with one that will work better for your needs.
Here at your local NexGen Hearing Center, we help you every step of the way in deciding if a hearing aid is best for you. We will conduct a free hearing test to determine if you currently have hearing loss. Once the hearing test has been completed, we will help you ascertain how much your hearing loss (if any) is affecting your daily life and/or activities. If you can’t hear as well as you could in the past, several aspects of your life could be impacted. Hearing loss can gradually increase without us even realizing, which lends weight to the idea of consistently having your hearing checked.
Our audiologists are experienced in treating a variety of levels of hearing loss and their effects. Don’t go another day wondering if your hearing could be improved. Let our experts help you improve your hearing to its highest levels.
An analog hearing aid is an older type of hearing aid that makes continuous sound waves louder. Speech and noise are amplified in the same way, so an analog hearing aid can be thought of as a device that turns the volume up on everything around you. They can be programmed for different listening environments that can be switched at the push of a button on the hearing aid.
More commonly found these days, a digital hearing aid will have all of the features that come in an analog device. Instead of amplifying all sound waves, a digital hearing aid will convert sound waves into digital signals, and then produce an exact duplication of the sound. The technology used in a digital hearing aid is more sophisticated and allows for more complex processing of sound. This gives them greater flexibility in programming to allow the sound they transmit to be matched to the specific type of hearing loss a patient is experiencing.
If you are unsure which type is right for you, contact our clinic and come see us to discuss your needs and options!
If your hearing aid is making a whistling noise, then you are hearing feedback in your device. Sound that was supposed to go into your ear canal has escaped the ear instead and been picked up by the hearing instrument’s microphone. The sound then becomes reamplified and put out of the speaker.
This can happen when the hearing aid does not fit properly. If you are experiencing a whistling noise in your hearing device, come see us at our clinic so we can have your hearing aid refitted.
If your hearing aid is making a beeping noise, it means that your battery is low and needs to be replaced. Simply change the battery in your device and the beeping noise will stop.
If you have run out of hearing aid batteries, come see us at our clinic and we will be happy to get you set up with some new ones.
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