North Vancouver Hearing Clinic
The North Vancouver 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 North Vancouver 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 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 North Vancouver Hearing Center we are delighted to be a part of this vibrant community, and look forward to meeting you!
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Dr. Amir Soltani
Au.D., RAUD, RHIP
Dr. Soltani received his doctoral degree from The Arizona School of Health Sciences in Phoenix Arizona, and The A.T.STILL Osteopathic Medicine University in Kirksville, Missouri. Prior to this, he earned his Master of Science degree in Audiology from Tehran Medical Science University.
M.Aud., RAUD, RHIP
Katie earned her Masters of Audiology (M. Aud) from University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She has a passion in helping her patients improve their communication status and quality of life.
Katie takes pride in making close relationships with her patients in order to identify their hearing needs so that she can help them rejoin the world of hearing again.
Fiona joined the North Vancouver team in May 2015 as a Customer Care Representative after deciding to embark on a new adventure, relocating from Kildare, Ireland. In Ireland, she worked as a team at the Dublin hospital and enjoyed helping others. She became an Audiometric Technician in June 2016 and hopes to use her extensive work experience to continue to grow within NexGen Hearing. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, hiking, camping and skiing in the winter!
Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Aids in North Vancouver
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 North Vancouver 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 North Vancouver, 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 North Vancouver 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.
Is there an adjustment period for hearing aids?
Initially hearing sounds at a normal volume again after an extended period of untreated hearing loss can cause sounds to seem loud at first. Your brain will quickly adjust however and the initial shock will fade as you continue to use the devices. Your audiologist can give you more information specific to your case.
How long do hearing aids last?
Typically a hearing aid will last 5 to 6 years, and with proper maintenance can last much longer. Hearing aids can be repaired or tuned over time as well, talk to a NexGen Hearing audiologist for more information.
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 North Vancouver hearing aid practitioner for additional details.
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Types of Hearing Loss
There are numerous types of hearing loss that include conductive, sensorineural, or at times a combination of these types. A hearing test at North Vancouver Hearing Clinic can determine the type and degree of hearing loss you or a loved one may be experiencing. A hearing loss of only 16-25 dB is considered to be a minor amount of loss, much the same as gently plugging your ears with your fingers. The next level is Mild Hearing loss (26-40dB). Mild loss can cause problems with hearing the endings of some words — or missing shorter words altogether. It can also cause difficulty with understanding speech when there is significant background noise, and hearing aids are often advised for this condition. Moderate Hearing Loss (41-55 dB) can complicate phone conversations and lead to as much as a 50% drop in the capability to understand speech from outside a 5-foot radius. Moderate loss can cause feelings of isolation and distance from those close to you. If your signs are more significant than any of these, you could have a Severe or even Profound degree of hearing loss. Either of these are of significant concern and can result in severe lifestyle changes. In addition to these degrees of possible hearing loss, many people struggle with High-Frequency Hearing loss (1500Hz-8000Hz), which doesn’t affect perceived volume so much as the way things sound. Even though speech and most other sounds will seem loud enough, the spoken word is likely to be unclear, and background noise (such as in a restaurant) will only make things worse. Newer designs of hearing aids, such as open fit and receiver-in-the-canal, are effective remedies for High-Frequency Hearing Loss. These designs allow the lower frequency sounds to make their way into the ear naturally, while at the same time amplifying and enhancing the higher frequency sounds that make speech more clear.