Kelowna Hearing Clinic
The Kelowna Hearing Clinic is a full service and full-time hearing aid and hearing health centre. We pride ourselves on helping our clients who might be experiencing tinnitus, muffled hearing or possible hearing loss. There are many types of hearing loss including sensorineural, conductive or even a mixture of these conditions. A hearing test at Kelowna NexGen Hearing can determine the nature and degree of your hearing loss. We offer free hearing tests, a 21 day no-money down trial, 90 day money back satisfaction guarantee and will price match any valid competitor quote or advertised price on the same make and model of hearing instrument. You can expect us to deliver the highest level of professional hearing aid care at every level. We build strong relationships and gain trust with our clients. We encourage family members to take part in their loved one’s journey to better hearing. At Kelowna Hearing Center we are delighted to be a part of this vibrant community, and look forward to meeting you!
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M.Sc., RAUD, RHIP
Colin graduated from Trinity Western University in 1996 with a Bachelors of Arts degree and from UBC in 2000 with his Masters of Science degree in Audiology. Upon graduating he and his wife, Lisa, moved to the Kelowna area where he has been working as an audiologist. After working as an area manager for a national hearing company for the majority of his career, Colin decided to use his experience and expertise and open up his own hearing clinic with NexGen Hearing in 2013.
Colin has always strived to offer his patients the best care possible and has offered not only traditional hearing solutions but non-traditional hearing devices as well. As a result Colin has been the only audiologist in the Okanagan Valley to fit patients with specialized bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA), as well as the first audiologist in the valley to be trained in the Lyric hearing aid.
Colin believes that it is important to promote the field of audiology and hearing awareness in the local community. This has led him to be a featured speaker for health seminars, various hearing impaired groups, senior’s groups, physicians, nursing students and fellow hearing professionals. He has also trained several hearing instrument practitioners and audiologists who are currently practicing in the Okanagan.Colin is passionate about improving the lives of those who desire to find a solution for their hearing difficulties. This is evident in the innovative hearing aid donation program which Colin has started in the Central Okanagan. This program ensures that all hearing impaired people, regardless of their financial situation, will be professionally fit with appropriate hearing aids at no cost to them whatsoever. Colin, Lisa, and their three children thoroughly enjoy all aspects of the Okanagan and particularly enjoy camping, swimming in Lake Okanagan, skiing at Big White and barbecues in the backyard.
Gifted with the opportunity to live in Poland and Germany prior to coming to Canada in 1990, Eva is fluent in Polish and German in addition to the English language. She has been a part of the hearing health industry for the past 17 years, owning a hearing clinic in Edmonton and Calgary before moving to the beautiful Okanagan and joining the NexGen Hearing Team.
She graduated from the Hearing Aid Practitioner Program at the Grant McEwan University in Edmonton with a previous background in Computer Systems Technology. Eva embraced the variety of cultural offerings of the vibrant Okanagan Valley, including skiing, boating, as well as Latin and ballroom dancing. She continues to foster her passion for education, history and politics. Most importantly, she is a proud mother of a teenage boy and a newly married daughter. In the quest to always provide her clients with the best possible hearing solutions, she not only engages her experience and intellect, but also her whole heart.
Lisa has been involved in the hearing industry since 2003 when she came onboard as an audiometric technician under the ownership of Marke Hambley. She is excited to once again be working with him, as her greatest honor was in receiving the “Marke Hambley” award in 2010 for her exceptional contribution in the hearing industry both internally and externally.
Lisa pioneered the out of office retirement home visits and currently holds monthly clinics at all 13 retirement homes in Kelowna. During her monthly visits Lisa is able to conduct hearing tests and is also able to clean, check and perform minor repairs on all hearing aids. She is also actively involved in the community attending all health related home shows and fairs.Personally, Lisa has been strongly involved in the sport of softball as a “pitcher” in a women’s orthodox fast pitch league for the past 30 years. Recently retiring from that you can find her on the ball field playing co-ed slow pitch most recently sponsored by NexGen Hearing! In the quest to always provide her clients with the best possible hearing solutions, she not only engages her experience and intellect, but also her whole heart.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I have my hearing tested?
Hearing loss impacts everyone differently and can occur at any age and for a variety of reasons. Age-related hearing loss occurs due to changes in the structure of your inner ear although changes can also occur in your middle ear. As such, the National Campaign for Better Hearing recommends a baseline hearing test at 60 years of age, although a baseline hearing test is recommended to serve as a reference point at any age.
After your initial baseline hearing test, if you are 60 years or older, you should have your hearing tested on an annual basis. You can have your hearing tested for free at the Kelowna Hearing Clinic. Schedule your free hearing test with us today.
How do I know if I need a hearing aid?
Here, at the NexGen Hearing Center in Kelowna, 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 Kelowna 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.
What are the best hearing aid brands?
Choosing the right hearing aid brand is very important to ensure your device is a reliable, effective, and safe. The best brand for you is often dependent on numerous factors relative to your specific situation. There is no one best brand of hearing aid as each case is different. That being said, choosing a well known and trusted brand within the medical community is a good path to take for peace of mind. NexGen Hearing partners with only the highest quality hearing aid manufacturers in the world. Resound, Phonak, and Oticon are only a few of our partners dedicated to providing you with the best hearing possible. Consult with one of our NexGen Hearing audiologists to find out which one works best for you.
How much do hearing aids cost?
Hearing aid prices vary from several hundred dollars up to a few thousand, and it all depends on the advancement of the technology used in each device. Affordable hearing aids as well as more expensive options come with different features. You can think of hearing aids as coming in levels of “gold, silver, or bronze.” If your listening needs are simple, it just might be that even the most basic hearing aid is enough for you. If your life is more active and you find yourself wanting to hear better in more active and noisy listening environments, then a more sophisticated level of hearing aids features will give you more benefit. NexGen Hearing also offers financing options to help you with an affordable option to improve your hearing. Learn more about our lease to hear financing and other hearing aid financing options.
How long do hearing aid batteries last?
The life of a hearing aid’s battery is impacted by many factors such as the hearing aid model, battery brand, battery technology, and how the device is used. The model of the hearing aid is integral in determining the life of the battery. Some hearing aids are better than others in relation to battery consumption while others offer features that will more quickly drain a battery. Batteries come in four common sizes (10, 312, 13, 675). Based on a 16 hour day of wear, the average lifespan for a standard battery is listed below:
- Size 10: 3 – 7 days
- Size 312: 3 – 10 days
- Size 13: 6 – 14 days
- Size 675: 9 – 20 days
If you prefer, rechargeable hearing aid batteries are also available for certain models of hearing aids that greatly improve the ease of replacing your batteries. Consult with your Kelowna hearing aid practitioner for additional details.
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Types of Hearing Loss
There are several types of hearing loss that include sensorineural, conductive and sometimes a mixture of these. A hearing test at Kelowna Hearing Clinic can identify the type and degree of hearing loss you may be experiencing. A hearing loss between 16-25 dB is generally considered minimal and is similar to gently plugging your ears with your fingertips. The next level is mild hearing loss (26-40dB) and can result in not hearing the ends of some words or missing some shorter words altogether. With mild hearing loss it can be challenging to separate speech from background sounds, and hearing devices are often recommended. Moderate hearing loss (41-55 dB) can create difficulty with telephone calls and also result in as much as a 50% reduction in the understanding of speech from outside a 5-foot radius. This level of hearing loss can often lead to feelings of isolation and disconnection from those around you. If symptoms are more extreme than any of these, you could have a severe or even profound degree of hearing loss, which often results in significant lifestyle issues. Additionally, some individuals struggle with high-frequency hearing loss (1500Hz-8000Hz). With this condition, speech and most other sounds will seem loud enough, but speech will be unclear. Any significant amount of background noise will make the problem worse. Recent designs of hearing devices, such as open fit or receiver-in-the-canal, are helpful with high-frequency hearing loss. These designs permit the low frequency sounds to enter the ear canal as they naturally would, while digitally enhancing the higher frequency sounds to aid with speech clarity.