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Our Chief Audiologist Rex Banks is an active blogger and spokesperson. Here is a selection of helpful and related blogs and stories.

Ask the Audiologist: What is tinnitus?

October 18, 2018

Have you ever heard a ringing, humming, buzzing, or even cricket-like chirping in your ears? If so, you may have tinnitus. In a special animated episode of “Ask the Audiologist,” CHS Director of Hearing Healthcare Rex Banks talks about what tinnitus is, how it’s triggered, and what you can do to treat it.

Busting myths about hearing loss

June 7, 2018

Even though hearing loss is one of the most common health conditions that affects aging adults, there are many myths and misunderstandings about it. Every May, CHS puts an extra focus on hearing loss awareness for Speech and Hearing Awareness Month. So, let’s take on the role of “mythbuster” and talk about the real facts of hearing loss.


It’s a Noisy World

April 6, 2018

Noise pollution is a pervasive problem in today’s society. We are constantly inundated with unwanted human-created sound that affects us on multiple levels. The word “noise” comes from the Latin word nausea, meaning seasickness and is often defined as unwanted or harmful sound. 


How medications can affect your hearing

February 7, 2018

When medications result in hearing loss, ringing in the ears, or balance disorders, they are known as ototoxic. There are more than 200 prescription and over-the-counter ototoxic medicines on the market. In some instances, the problems caused by these drugs can be reversed when usage is discontinued. Other times, the damage is permanent.


The holiday season and your hearing

December 1, 2017

It’s that time of the year when families come together to celebrate and enjoy the holidays. Keeping your loved ones in the conversation and part of the celebration is one of the most important things you can do this holiday season.


Hearing Loss and Falls

November 10, 2017

In the past few years, a growing body of research shows that acquired hearing loss is linked to a host of other health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, cognitive decline, chronic kidney disease and depression. One area that is gaining increased attention is the connection between hearing loss and falling.


150 reasons to celebrate - and to be careful

June 30, 2017

150 is a big number for Canada, but can you guess what else is 150? The average firecracker explodes at about 150 decibels (dB) – with some as loud as 170 dB! 


There’s more to hearing loss than just 'hearing' May 30, 2017

How a regular hearing exam can help you identify and manage your hearing health, and the health conditions associated with hearing loss



December 1, 2016

How taking steps to address hearing loss this holiday season can add to quality of life and strengthen ties to loved ones

ASK THE AUDIOLOGIST: WHen to book a hearing test and what to expect

A customer visiting an audiologist and learning information about hearing loss

Ask the audiologist: Why it's important TO see your audiologist before starting a new job


For the past two decades, audiologists have suspected that there is a significant correlation between uncorrected hearing loss and reduction in cognitive functions in older adults. What's the latest info?

Understanding speech: How the brain and ear work together 

September 11, 2015

Many older adults with hearing loss struggle to understand speech in noisy environments, like restaurants, sporting events, and family gatherings. What’s going on between the ear and the brain during these noisy situations?

The six types of age-related hearing loss

June 23, 2015

Age-related hearing loss, known formally as presbycusis, is the cumulative effect of aging on hearing. It is progressive, occurs in both ears in equal amounts, and affects the high frequencies first. But what causes presbycusis?

Linking hearing and overall health

May 4, 2015

There’s more to hearing loss than just “hearing” – it’s also about your health. An increasing and emerging body of evidence links hearing loss to other important health issues. 

Be an assertive communicator

Having a hearing loss doesn't mean you need to take a backseat in life. See where you fall on our list of communicator types and with the right adjustments, you’ll be on the road to a lifetime of good communication. 

Audiology at CHS – 75 years of leadership and innovation

March 12, 2015

Chief Audiologist Rex Banks looks back at 75 years of leadership and innovation in the field of audiology at CHS.

Seniors: Why it's so important to get your hearing tested

June 30, 2014

People with hearing loss often feel embarrassed and that they are coping with a condition that others can’t understand. They often try to bluff their way through situations and deny that there is a problem. Although there is overwhelming evidence that hearing aids can help, only 1 in 5 who need hearing aids use them

Alzheimer's and hearing loss: Get your hearing tested early

January 22, 2014

Early diagnosis of hearing loss is critical to overall health. Many of the symptoms of dementia are similar to the symptoms for untreated hearing loss.

Quick Tips: Hearing Aid Care

November 12, 2013

It’s not easy being a hearing aid. They have to survive moisture, heat, ear wax, skin flakes, oil, pets and hair care products, not to mention being dropped and misplaced. To keep your hearing aids functioning properly, here are some practical tips.

Buying a hearing aid? Here's what you need to know

November 12, 2013

Getting your hearing tested and being told that you need hearing aids can be a lot to absorb at one time. But fear not: in this article, we will provide some guidance and advice to help you feel better prepared in terms of what to expect.

Help for Single-Sided Deafness

Single-Sided Deafness (SSD), or unilateral sensorineural hearing loss, refers to significant or total hearing loss in one ear. As with any hearing loss, we cannot restore the hearing once it has been lost. For SSD, there are treatments available which can restore the sensation of hearing to the deaf side.

Hearing Healthcare Media Planet Archive

We have worked in partnership with Media Planet in recent years as their trusted source for hearing health issues, publishing articles in various newspapers. Here you will find some of those articles.

It’s not just about hearing anymore, May 2015

Hearing loss: Let’s hear all about it, September 2014

Are you experiencing hearing loss? You’re not alone, May 2014

Say no to noise, December 2013

Manage your hearing before your hearing manages you, May 2013

Shop smart when purchasing a hearing aid, April 2012

Countering hearing conditions as we age, May 2011

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