Hearing Loss

Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) recently indicated that 40% of adults between the ages of 20-69 had at least a slight hearing loss in one or both ears.

This number is probably even greater, as hearing loss is often not reported by those who experience it. So it is much more common than we think. Spreading knowledge is the best defense against the physical, mental and emotional side effects of hearing loss. If you have recently started noticing changes in your hearing or in that of a loved one, you are certainly not alone.

Issues of hearing health affect a wide range of people for many different reasons and it’s important to understand why. Our team of dedicated hearing heath care professionals will help you understand how your hearing works, help you learn how to protect your hearing and guide you in your next steps towards better hearing health.

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Hearing loss is increasing at alarming levels among younger populations. About 1-in-5 of the world’s teenagers are currently experiencing a hearing loss in one or both ears. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about one billion young people across the globe are at risk of developing hearing loss due to personal listening devices and noisy leisure activities. This can be prevented!

We at Hearing Aid and Balance Clinic work with our local community to raise awareness to this important issue. If you would like us to provide you or our workplace with hearing protection information please reach out us. We would be glad to partner with you in raising awareness! We can be reached at 416-397-7171 or email julia@contact@habclinic.com.


How Hearing Works

Hearing is a fascinating process that we often take for granted. Here is a breakdown of how our hearing works. Our hearing is an intricate process that takes place instantaneously.


  • Sound waves are collected by the outer ear and sent through the ear canal to the eardrum.

  • The sound waves cause the eardrum and three tiny bones within our middle ear referred to as the ossicular chain to vibrate.

  • The vibrations make a special fluid that is located within our cochlea (in the inner ear) to vibrate and ripple.

  • The vibration and rippling of this special fluid causes the tiny and delicate hair-like cells to bend.

  • The hair cells then transmit the vibrations into electrical signals for our brain to process and understand.

Types of Hearing Loss

Not all hearing loss is the same. In fact, there are three main types of hearing loss: