News Broadcaster

Tony Parsons

The new voice for Hearing Health

News Broadcaster

Tony Parsons

The new voice for Hearing Health

Former News Anchor Tony Parsons shares his story about hearing loss and announces his affiliation with NexGen Hearing.

The new voice for Hearing Health

As though on cue with National Hearing Awareness month in Canada, Tony Parsons stepped out of retirement to become the official voice for NexGen Hearing, a BC hearing aid retailer with 50 clinics in the province. Tony’s story is an interesting one.

The new voice for Hearing Health

As though on cue with National Hearing Awareness month in Canada, Tony Parsons stepped out of retirement to become the official voice for NexGen Hearing, a BC hearing aid retailer with 50 clinics in the province. Tony’s story is an interesting one.

Tony Parsons

A lesson worth hearing

“Like so many other seniors, I’ve admittedly been reluctant to acknowledge the shortcomings that go with the aging process. You know what we’re like, after all we hear just fine! It’s not our fault if everyone else mumbles. I hear what I want to hear and that’s good enough for me. That’s when some friends convinced me to try the free hearing test at NexGen Hearing in Kelowna…” 

“Audiologist Colin VanBergen and his team made the whole experience a pleasure and after the test, I came to know that I do indeed have a rather significant problem with my hearing. Since then, I have seen an ENT surgeon and have gradually obtained knowledge. Both hearing professionals have patiently schooled me on some of the aspects of my hearing loss…”

“Today I’m now wearing hearing aids and yes, I admit now that I needed them years ago. Consonants and I are becoming friends again and oddly enough…my wife doesn’t seem to mumble any more! Much to my surprise they are so helpful, discrete and quite comfortable. I spent years and years as a broadcaster with a hearing device jammed in one ear so I could stay in touch with the director of my nightly newscast. Maybe that had something to do with my hearing issue, one I steadfastly denied. I’ve also learned about NexGen Hearing and what makes them different, as they have an established purpose to go far beyond just product sales…”

“They truly care about people and their quality of life. That’s rare!”

“They truly care about people and their quality of life. That’s rare!”

“Today I’m now wearing hearing aids and yes, I admit now that I needed them years ago. Consonants and I are becoming friends again and oddly enough…my wife doesn’t seem to mumble any more! Much to my surprise they are so helpful, discrete and quite comfortable. I spent years and years as a broadcaster with a hearing device jammed in one ear so I could stay in touch with the director of my nightly newscast. Maybe that had something to do with my hearing issue, one I steadfastly denied. I’ve also learned about NexGen Hearing and what makes them different, as they have an established purpose to go far beyond just product sales…”

Official announcment
made at NexGen AGM

On May 26th 2018, Tony Parsons made a surprise guest appearance at the Nexgen Hearing Annual General Meeting. A packed conference room made up of hearing professionals and staff from Nexgen Hearing, greeted Tony and wife Tammy with a standing ovation and exuberant applause. After a warm welcome by President and Operations Director Marke Hambley, Tony was officially introduced as the official spokesperson for Nexgen Hearing and the Hear 4U Foundation.

Parsons addressed the group by sharing his personal journey to improved hearing health.

“I’ve come to learn about the educational side of your business model and I appreciate the information and support you provide for your clients. I was approached by Marke Hambley, and my new friend Dan Whitney asking that I consider a role in the company. Today, I am delighted to say that I have committed to speaking out about hearing loss as the official spokesperson for NexGen Hearing and the Hear 4U Foundation! – The first commercial endorsement I have ever accepted, I might add”.

Official announcment
made at NexGen AGM

On May 26th 2018, Tony Parsons made a surprise guest appearance at the Nexgen Hearing Annual General Meeting. A packed conference room made up of hearing professionals and staff from Nexgen Hearing, greeted Tony and wife Tammy with a standing ovation and exuberant applause. After a warm welcome by President and Operations Director Marke Hambley, Tony was officially introduced as the official spokesperson for Nexgen Hearing and the Hear 4U Foundation.

Parsons addressed the group by sharing his personal journey to improved hearing health.

“I’ve come to learn about the educational side of your business model and I appreciate the information and support you provide for your clients. I was approached by Marke Hambley, and my new friend Dan Whitney asking that I consider a role in the company. Today, I am delighted to say that I have committed to speaking out about hearing loss as the official spokesperson for NexGen Hearing and the Hear 4U Foundation! – The first commercial endorsement I have ever accepted, I might add”.

High frequency hearing
loss has prevented Tony from hearing
specific consonants sounds: “s, f, sh, th, t, k”

Colin VanBergen, M.Sc. Aud, RAUD

A Hearing Assessment for Tony Parsons

After a comprehensive assessment, it turns out that Tony’s wife wasn’t mumbling. He has a high frequency sensorineural hearing loss in both of his ears. It is of a mild degree on his left side, but there is a severe degree of loss on the right side. This high frequency hearing loss has prevented him from hearing specific consonants sounds: “s, f, sh, th, t, k”.

He is still hearing people, but quite often finds that it sounds like they are ‘mumbling.’  Tony also has frequent difficulties understanding people when in a group situation or in a noisy restaurant.  It’s likely that his hearing ability has been deteriorating very slowly and gradually over many years. This has resulted in a lack of awareness regarding the amount of hearing that Tony has lost. While his wife has been commenting to him for many years about his hearing difficulties, he hasn’t felt that it had deteriorated enough to be concerned about.

Colin VanBergen, M.Sc. Aud, RAUD

A Hearing Assessment for Tony Parsons

After a comprehensive assessment, it turns out that Tony’s wife wasn’t mumbling. He has a high frequency sensorineural hearing loss in both of his ears. It is of a mild degree on his left side, but there is a severe degree of loss on the right side. This high frequency hearing loss has prevented him from hearing specific consonants sounds: “s, f, sh, th, t, k”.

He is still hearing people, but quite often finds that it sounds like they are ‘mumbling.’  Tony also has frequent difficulties understanding people when in a group situation or in a noisy restaurant.  It’s likely that his hearing ability has been deteriorating very slowly and gradually over many years. This has resulted in a lack of awareness regarding the amount of hearing that Tony has lost. While his wife has been commenting to him for many years about his hearing difficulties, he hasn’t felt that it had deteriorated enough to be concerned about.

Since the initial consultation and referral to an ENT specialist, Tony has now been fitted with Oticon Opn 1 hearing aids. There are two primary functions to these advanced hearing aids that specifically address the problems that most hearing impaired people experience. The first function is to increase clarity (reduce ‘mumbling’) by amplifying the high frequency consonants that Tony is unable to hear without the hearing aids. The second function is to reduce as much background noise as possible when Tony is in a noisy setting.

The Opn 1 hearing aids have made significant strides in allowing people to maintain active and social lifestyles. These hearing aids are specifically designed to enhance speech while at the same time reduce more background noise than other hearing aids.

1 in 4 Canadians suffers some form of hearing loss

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1 in 4 Canadians suffers some form of Hearing Loss

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Hearing Test

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