Victoria Downtown Hearing Clinic
The Victoria Downtown 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 Victoria Downtown 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 Victoria Downtown Hearing Center we are delighted to be a part of this vibrant community, and look forward to meeting you!
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I have lived in the Westshore of Victoria for over 50 years , I have been happily married to the same wonderful lady for 31 years and have two children. I enjoy everything to do with listening to and making music. I have been very interested in music and high quality sound systems since my early high school days.
When the opportunity came about to pursue working in the Hearing health field and helping people improve their quality of life through better hearing, I thought to myself, yes that seems like a field I would really enjoy. I then started a 2 year college course at Grant McEwan College in Edmonton that was successfully completed. I then became Provincially licensed to help people hear better with the use of hearing aids. I have worked in the Hearing health field for the past 12 years. I have worked with every brand of hearing aid and built a great store of knowledge and experience. It would be my great pleasure to help you to success with your hearing aids.
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I have worked for NexGen Hearing since February 2014, and I absolutely love it. I have never worked for a company that is so caring and compassionate to their clients, as well as their staff. I am honestly impressed at how NexGen Hearing strives to provide the absolute best product, exceptional services and value to their clients. Staff are treated like family. I feel truly blessed and honored to be able to work with Mike, and with all of the other staff members.
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 Victoria Downtown 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 Victoria Downtown, 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 Victoria Downtown 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 Victoria Downtown hearing aid practitioner for additional details.
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Types of Hearing Loss
There are multiple types of hearing loss that include sensorineural, conductive and sometimes even a mixture of these. A hearing test at the Victoria Downtown Hearing Clinic can identify the nature and degree of your hearing loss. A hearing loss between 16-25 dB is considered to be minimal, roughly equivalent to lightly plugging each ear with your fingers. The next level is mild hearing loss (26-40dB) which can result in not hearing the ends of words or not hearing short words. It may be challenging to separate background noise from speech with this level of loss, and hearing aids are often suggested. Moderate hearing loss (41-55 dB) can make phone conversations challenging and 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 cause sensations of isolation and disconnection. If symptoms are more extreme than these, you might have severe or even profound hearing loss. This can lead to major quality of life issues. Some people can suffer from high-frequency hearing loss (1500Hz-8000Hz), in which speech and most other noises will sound loud enough, but speech will still be unclear. Background noise will make the problem even worse. More recent designs of listening devices, including open fit and receiver-in-the-canal, are very helpful for this category of hearing loss. These designs permit lower frequency sounds to get into the ear canal normally while enhancing higher frequency sounds.