You’re a doctor, but I can’t call you doctor?

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Our audiologist is a Doctor of Audiology. She was part of the first graduating class of Doctors of Audiology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to her official graduation the was practicing in Livonia and was referred to as “Dr. McKenzie”, then after she graduated she returned to Ontario where she could no longer use her title.

In the United States, audiologists who hold a doctorate degree are able to address themselves as Doctor to their patients. In Mexico, ...

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Why are there no testimonials on your website?

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We get asked that question at least once a day.

Our clinic is owned and operated by an audiologist and registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). As such, we are governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act of 1991. Regulated health care professionals in Ontario are not permitted to publish testimonials.

You will not see testimonials for dentists, optometrists, physicians, pharmacists, psychologists or any other regulated health care provider in Ontario. The Ministry of ...

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Why are some hearing aids so cheap?

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We’ve all seen them, those adverts advertising a hearing aid for a very cheap price. Ever wonder why certain chains offer such low prices? There are many reasons at play:

  • It could be really old technology
  • It could be that they have already discounted the government grant from the price listed
  • It could be that the chain or clinic is owned by a hearing aid manufacturer company and they are trying to get rid of stock
  • It could be a device that other audiologists ...
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My family physician would know if I had a hearing loss

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If you suspect that a loved one has a hearing loss, do not assume that the family physician will let you know. Less than 12% of physicians refer their patients to audiology. Physicians do not notice hearing loss because they typically see their patients in an ideal listening situation (small quiet room with no background noise).

If you believe that your loved one has a hearing loss, do not wait for the family physician to recommend a ...

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Buying your hearing aids from a big box store versus independent clinic

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I will start off by saying that I will always recommend an independent private practice audiologist over a chain. Part of the reason being because I am in private practice. There are of course other reasons:

(1) Locally owned and operated: we support local charities, events, sports teams. Our small audiology clinics are the ones supporting events in Amherstburg, LaSalle, Harrow and McGregor.

(2) Not directly, or indirectly, owned by a hearing aid manufacturer. You will always be prescribed that is best ...

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Sudden Hearing Loss

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A few times a year I will get a phone call from a patients wanting to be seen right away because they woke up and could not hear out of one ear. Sometimes these people will complain about tinnitus, dizziness or a plugged up feeling. Sometimes the only symptom is hearing loss.

Sudden hearing loss is something you want to get checked right away. Here are some steps for you to follow:

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Just another hearing aid battery?

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You wouldn’t think I’d have much to say about something as simple as a hearing aid battery. Well, let me prove you wrong.

Battery Sizes

Patients always think that there is only one hearing aid battery size. I hate to burst your bubble, but there are four. Below are the different battery sizes, listed from the smallest to the largest:

  • Size 5 (red sticker): VERY small battery. I don’t think they make this battery anymore.
  • Size 10 (yellow sticker): the smallest battery on the ...
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Tinnitus

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I see patient’s everyday who suffer from tinnitus. Often these people come in telling me that they have seen their family doctor and were told to “just ignore it”. It’s kind of hard to ignore a sound in your head, and I understand that.

For those who are lucky enough not to have tinnitus, it is a sound that you hear, but no one else in the room hears. It can sound like ringing, hissing, sizzling, or any other sound you ...

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What is an Audiologist?

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I have the pleasure to work with new patients everyday. When going over my patients case histories, I ask them the following two questions: “Have you ever had your hearing tested? If yes, by whom?”

I am amazed by the amount of people who tell me that they were tested by an audiologist, but in reality they were tested by the office secretary, the physicians wife, or even the janitor. You may think I’m joking, but unfortunately I’m not. The next ...

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