Kitsilano Hearing Clinic
The Kitsilano 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 Kitsilano 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 Kitsilano Hearing Center we are delighted to be a part of this vibrant community, and look forward to meeting you!
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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 Kitsilano 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 Kitsilano, 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 Kitsilano 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 Kitsilano hearing aid practitioner for additional details.
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Types of Hearing Loss
There are several different types of hearing loss including sensorineural, conductive and at times a combination of these. A hearing test at Kitsilano Hearing Clinic can clearly identify the type and degree of hearing loss you may be experiencing. A hearing loss of only 16-25 dB is considered to be minimal — similar to lightly plugging each ear with your fingertips. The next level is mild hearing loss (26-40dB) which can lead to not hearing the endings of some words, and sometimes missing shorter words altogether. With mild loss it can be challenging to clearly separate speech from background noise, and hearing devices are typically suggested for this condition. Moderate hearing loss (41-55 dB) often makes phone conversations a challenge, and can result in as much as a 50% reduction in the ability to understand speech from farther than five feet away. Moderate hearing loss is known to sometimes cause feelings of isolation and disconnection from others. If symptoms are more extreme than any of these mentioned, you could have a severe or even profound degree of hearing loss, which can cause major lifestyle issues. In addition to mild, moderate, severe and profound degrees of loss, some individuals also experience high-frequency hearing loss (in the range of 1500Hz-8000Hz). With this condition, while speech and most other sounds will be experienced as being loud enough, speech will be unclear and difficult to understand. Background noise will make this condition noticeably worse. The more recent types of hearing aids, which include open fit and receiver-in-the-canal designs, are very helpful with high-frequency loss. These allow the lower frequency sounds to enter the ear as they normally would, while enhancing higher frequency sounds to help significantly with speech clarity.