Kate joined the NexGen Hearing team as a Customer Care Representative in November 2012 after spending time volunteering in the first NexGen Hearing clinic. Kate qualified as a Hearing Instrument Practitioner in 2015 to help improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss.
Languages Spoken: English
Associations: College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC, Hearing Instrument Practitioners of BC
Services: Consultations and demonstrations, Custom ear molds, Custom ear plugs, Ear mold impressions, Hearing aid fitting, Hearing aid assements, Employment hearing test, Hearing aid clean and check, Hearingn aid adjustments and programming, Loaner instruments, Physician reports, Hearing aid repairs, Tinnitus assessments and support
The act of not wearing a hearing aid in itself will not make your hearing get worse. What can make your hearing get worse is not wearing a hearing aid and needing to increase the volume on things like televisions, radios, and headphones, or needing people you are talking to talk louder. We recommend you wear your hearing aid as directed by your doctor and audiologist. However, if you are not wearing your hearing device, be sure not to overdo it with turning up the volume.
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 terms of 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 local NexGen Hearing aid practitioner for additional details.
At NexGen Hearing, we recommend that you have your hearing tested once per year as a precautionary measure, especially if you are frequently in noisy environments. Also, if you find yourself doing any of the following, it could mean you are experiencing hearing loss and should see us for a free hearing test:
If you are experiencing any of these situations, don’t delay or wait for it to improve naturally. Come see us for a free hearing test to determine the state of your hearing.
There are many signs and symptoms of hearing loss. The signs of hearing loss can differ from person to person depending on the type of hearing loss that they are experiencing. General signs of hearing loss include:
If you notice any of these signs in your life, contact our hearing clinic right away to schedule a free hearing test.
Most people will naturally start to lose their hearing around the age of 65. Certain factors can cause people to being to lose their hearing sooner or later in life, such as:
It is always a good idea to get your hearing tested regularly to make sure your hearing health is in good order, and this is especially the case as you get older and closer to 65 years of age. Contact us today to schedule a free hearing test at our clinic!