Nanaimo North Hearing Clinic
The Nanaimo North 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 Nanaimo North 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 Nanaimo North Hearing Center we are delighted to be a part of this vibrant community, and look forward to meeting you!
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Chris has been involved in the hearing industry since 2002. He began in this industry while living in Victoria and in 2004 he graduated from Grant MacEwan College with a diploma in the Hearing Aid Practitioner Program. Shortly after he moved to Nanaimo to manage a hearing aid clinic and has been providing better hearing services in the Nanaimo area ever since. Chris is born and raised on Vancouver Island, and is delighted to be continuing his hearing services as an owner with NexGen Hearing Nanaimo, and Gabriola Island.
Brannan comes to NexGen Hearing after several years of practicing as a Hearing Instrument Practitioner in the Nanaimo area. A Vancouver Island native, Brannan has a background in education, earning her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at Vancouver Island University in 2002. Outside of work, Brannan enjoys dragon boating on a local women’s team, gardening and spending time with her husband and two young boys. Excited to join the NexGen team, she looks forward to providing excellent hearing healthcare.
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 Nanaimo North 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 Nanaimo North, 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 Nanaimo North 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 Nanaimo North hearing aid practitioner for additional details.
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Types of Hearing Loss
There are different types of hearing loss that include conductive, sensorineural, and very often a combination of these. A hearing test at Nanaimo North Hearing Clinic can identify the type and degree of your hearing loss. A slight hearing loss between 16-25 dB is not uncommon and is similar to lightly plugging your ears with your fingers. The next level is mild hearing loss (26- 40dB) which can result in missing the completions of words or missing shorter words altogether. With mild hearing loss it may be challenging to separate background noise from speech — listening devices are typically advised for this level of loss. Moderate hearing loss (41-55 dB) often causes issues with telephone calls and can cause as much as a 50% decrease in the understanding of speech from beyond a 5-foot radius. This level of loss often results in feelings of isolation and disconnection from others. If symptoms are more pronounced than these, you might have a severe or even profound degree of hearing loss. This is likely to cause dramatic lifestyle issues. Some people also struggle with high-frequency hearing loss (sounds from 1500Hz-8000Hz). With high-frequency hearing loss, speech and most other noises will be perceived as loud enough, but speech will be unclear, regardless. Background noises will exacerbate the issue. The newer generation of hearing aids, including open fit and receiver-in-the-canal, are effective for this condition. These designs allow low frequency sounds into the ear canal as they normally would, yet help with the higher frequency sounds, significantly increasing speech clarity.