Salt Spring Hearing Clinic
The Salt Spring 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 Salt Spring 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 Salt Spring Hearing Center we are delighted to be a part of this vibrant community, and look forward to meeting you!
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Selene grew up around the hearing industry working in a family business of hearing clinics for 40 years. This inspired her decision to become a Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner. She has had a successful career for over 20 years and is the proud owner of the first NexGen Hearing clinic in BC. Her passion is reflected in the continued work to improve the quality of life of her clients through better hearing.
Selene is an active member of the of the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association and has been acting as the treasurer and director of the Hearing Instrument Practitioner Society (HIPS) of BC since 2013. In her role, she helps organize symposiums and trade shows that bring together hearing health industry providers from all over North America.
When not assisting clients, Selene spends time at her lakeside cottage surrounded by nature, wildlife, friends and family. She enjoys many different water sports, hiking and most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Terena’s interest in hearing loss started when she was about 15 and noticed the struggles her grandfather had with and without hearing aids. His hearing aids obviously helped him, but they were often whistling, and he kept fiddling with the volume controls. Fortunately, hearing aid technology has come a long way since then.
Communication disorders became Terena’s general focus during undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta. After getting a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, she worked for a few years as a speech language assistant with Calgary Health Services including working within a deaf education program. Terena went on to pursue graduate studies in Audiology and obtained a Master of Science degree from Ithaca, New York in 1995. After completing a clinical fellowship year working as a dispensing audiologist at a hospital in Johnson City, New York, she returned to Calgary and took a position as an audiologist at Alberta Children’s Hospital and for the next decade enjoyed the challenge of hearing evaluation and fitting hearing aids for children. Terena’s primary focus became hearing aids and cochlear implants for children with severe to profound hearing loss.
In 2007, Terena, along with her husband and two-year old son, had a vacation on Salt Spring Island that ended up changing their lives forever. They fell in love with Salt Spring and felt that this was where their son needed to grow up, so they decided to buy a restaurant and move to the island. It was not an easy choice to put her career on hold, but she hoped that she would at some point have an opportunity to use her knowledge and experience in audiology to help people in their community. That opportunity came with the position she now holds with NexGen Hearing on Salt Spring Island.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Aids in Salt Spring
What style of hearing aid should I wear?
There are many factors that determine the style of hearing aid that’s right for you, including but not limited to factors such as your degree of hearing loss, size and shape of your ear and ear canal, and any special features that are required.
Your NexGen Hearing audiologist can recommend an appropriate style of hearing aid for you, get in touch today!
How do I know if I need a hearing aid?
Here, at the NexGen Hearing Center in Salt Spring, 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 Salt Spring 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 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 Salt Spring hearing aid practitioner for additional details.
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Types of Hearing Loss
There types of hearing loss include sensorineural, conductive or often times a mixture of these. A hearing test at Salt Spring Hearing Clinic can detect the type and degree of your hearing loss. A hearing loss between 16-25 dB is considered to be very slight and is equal to lightly plugging each ear with one of your fingers. The next level is moderate hearing loss (26-40dB) which can lead to not hearing the ends of words or not hearing shorter words. It may be challenging with this condition to differentiate background sounds from speech, and hearing aids are usually suggested for this level of hearing loss. Moderate hearing loss (41-55 dB) can make phone conversations difficult and cause as much as a 50% decrease in the ability to understand speech outside a five foot radius. This level of hearing loss can lead to sensations of seclusion and disconnection. If symptoms are more serious than these, you could have severe or even profound degrees of hearing loss. This can lead to serious quality of life concerns. Some individuals struggle with high-frequency hearing loss (in the range of 1500Hz-8000Hz). While speech and most other noises will be seem loud enough, speech will lack clarity. Background noise will make the situation worse. The newer designs of listening devices, including open fit and receiver-in-the-canal, are very helpful with this condition. These designs allow the lower frequency sounds to get into the ear canal normally while enhancing the higher frequencies to assist with understanding speech.