West Vancouver Hearing Clinic
The West 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 West 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 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 West Vancouver Hearing Center we are delighted to be a part of this vibrant community, and look forward to meeting you!
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M.Sc., RAUD, RHIP
Mandy Fisch received her Master of Science (with Honors), as well as Bachelor of Science in Logopaedics (Audiology and Speech Pathology) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. She worked at UCT Logopaedics Department as a clinician, Audiology lecturer and clinical supervisor in Audiology for seven years, before moving to Vancouver in 2002.
Mandy is certified by the Canadian Academy of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) and is registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.
Mandy has worked in private practice in West Vancouver since 2004, and more recently purchased the Squamish NexGen Hearing clinic. Her goal has always been to provide comprehensive and stellar hearing healthcare services, whilst working very closely with physicians and Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists on the North Shore. Mandy recognizes the importance of communication in health and well-being and is passionate about assisting her hard of hearing clients to optimize communication for daily living. Her passion to reach out to individuals or communities with hearing healthcare needs, is evident by the work she has done in the community to educate the public about hearing health and awareness. In addition to her work, she has been a volunteer Wish Grantor with the Make A Wish Foundation of BC for over ten years and loves travelling, adventure and spending quality time with family and friends.
Talia was born and raised in Vancouver, and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master of Science in Audiology. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Queens University. Talia is registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.
Talia was initially drawn to Audiology after seeing first-hand the benefits hearing aids provided her Grandfather. She understands the impact hearing loss can have on daily life, and cares deeply about helping her clients meet their communication goals. She takes the time to get to know her patients and as a result works hard to develop individualized treatment plans based on their needs. She strives to provide her clients with a deeper understanding of their hearing loss and makes sure they are well informed on the latest hearing aid technology. When she is not busy programming hearing aids and running hearing tests, she enjoys spinning, yoga, exploring BC and spending time with friends and family.
Jessica graduated with a BA in Speech and Hearing Therapy from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She has thirteen years of experience as an audiologist. Jessica started her career in Australia where she worked for two years, then moved to Vancouver Canada where she has been in private practice for eleven years.
Jessica is certified by the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) and is registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia. Jessica is committed to helping her clients attain their hearing and communication goals and she is proud to be a member of the NexGen Hearing team. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, running and is a passionate cook.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Aids
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 do I know if I need a hearing aid?
Here, at the NexGen Hearing Center in West 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 West 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.
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 West Vancouver hearing aid practitioner for additional details.
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Types of Hearing Loss
There are multiple types of hearing loss including sensorineural, conductive and often times a mixture of these. A hearing test at West Vancouver Hearing Clinic can determine the type and degree of hearing loss you may be experiencing. A hearing loss of 16-25 dB is considered to be very slight and is much the same as gently plugging your ears with your fingers. The next level is mild hearing loss (26-40dB) which can lead to not hearing the ends of words or sometimes missing shorter words entirely. With mild hearing loss it can be challenging to clearly hear a conversation when there is any significant background sound — and hearing aids are frequently suggested for this condition. Moderate hearing loss (41-55 dB) can make phone conversations a challenge and can cause up to a 50% deficit in the ability to understand someone talking beyond a 5-foot radius. This level of hearing loss often leads to feelings of seclusion and disconnection from those around you. If your hearing loss is more serious than any of these types, you could have a severe and even profound degree of hearing loss. Either of these can cause very detrimental lifestyle issues. Some individuals can experience high-frequency hearing loss (1500Hz-8000Hz). While conversations and most other sounds will be perceived as being loud enough, speech will still be unclear. Any significant amount of background noise will make the issue even more problematic. The more recent advances in hearing aid designs, such as open fit and receiver-in-the-canal, are helpful with high-frequency hearing loss. These models enable the lower frequency sounds to make their way into the ear canal as they normally would, while amplifying and enhancing the higher frequency sounds to help with speech clarity.