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Audio Lab purchased AJ Safety Centre in January 2017

We are excited to announce that in January 2017 Audio Lab purchased AJ Safety Centre in Prince George BC. We look forward to providing our services to existing AJ Safety clients as well as new clients as our presence increases in Northern BC.

With Audio Lab's fleet of 6 mobile units we are able to provide our services in your area! Visit our website at www.okaudiolab.com for more about our services.
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As the days get longer and the weather warmer soon it will be time to hit the open road. Audio Lab have products that will protect your hearing as you ride your favorite motorcycle. We also have a product that allows you to listen to all your favorite tunes as you wind down the open road. Contact Andre at 800 663 2884 for more information or check out our website: www.okaudiolab.com. Don't delay as it can take up to 6 weeks for product delivery.
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Tinnitus

What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is “the perception of sound that is generated in the head”. Many people know tinnitus as the ringing or buzzing sound associated with coming out of a loud concert or other very noisy environments. Tinnitus may also sound like crickets, high tension wires, jet engine noise, whooshing, humming, or even music. It can be heard as coming from one or both ears or from within the head.

What are the causes of Tinnitus?
For most people, tinnitus is a phantom perception produced by background activity within the brain’s hearing pathways. Only the person with tinnitus can hear the sound (“subjective tinnitus”). Occasionally, the tinnitus comes from a “real” sound produced by blood flow, contraction of small muscles in the head or a ringing produced by tiny hair cells in the inner ear. In some cases, this kind of tinnitus can be heard or measured by a trained observer (“objective tinnitus”). This type of tinnitus is relatively rare.

Tinnitus is commonly associated with noise exposure, hearing loss, ear disease or dysfunction, head/neck injury or insult, certain medications, even stress.

How can I manage my Tinnitus?
Educate Yourself: Getting accurate and helpful information about tinnitus is an important part of learning how to manage tinnitus. Your audiologist can provide you with preliminary information on tinnitus and its management.

Have Your Hearing Tested
The majority of people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Having a hearing test at a hearing clinic is a good first step for anyone with troubling tinnitus, even if hearing loss isn’t recognized as a problem. Addressing even minimal hearing loss can help reduce tinnitus awareness.

Avoid Silence
Being in a very quiet room will make most people notice tinnitus more than being in a noisy room. Finding ways to enrich your sound environment won’t get rid of tinnitus but it may help to make tinnitus less noticeable.

Protect Your Hearing
Exposure to loud sound can cause tinnitus to emerge or worsen. Protecting your ears from hazardous levels of noise is essential to prevent noise-induced hearing loss and onset or aggravation of tinnitus. This means turning sound down to a safe level when possible and wearing appropriate hearing protection when you can’t. This applies at work, play and home.

Medications
There are no medications that have been shown to safely and consistently eliminate tinnitus. Some physicians may prescribe anti-depressants or sleep aids to manage the effects of tinnitus.

Hearing Loss: Things to know

Hearing problems often start slowly over time and rarely lead to total deafness. There are many causes of hearing loss which can be divided into two main categories:

Conductive hearing loss (CHL) occurs because of a mechanical problem in the outer or middle ear. The three tiny bones of the ear (ossicles) may not conduct sound properly. Or, the eardrum may not vibrate in response to sound. Fluid in the middle ear can cause this type of hearing loss.

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is due to a problem with the inner ear. It most often occurs when the tiny hair cells (nerve endings) that move sound through the ear are injured, diseased, do not work correctly, or have died.

It has also been determined that untreated, hearing loss can lead to depression, dissatisfaction with life, reduced functional and cognitive health, and withdrawal from social activities. What you need to know is that hearing loss is irreversible.

So how do you know if you have hearing loss?

Take the hearing loss quiz! Answer yes or no to the following:

1. I often miss parts of conversations and continually ask people to repeat themselves.

2. I find that the high and low tones of many sounds have disappeared. For example, I find it difficult to hear birds singing.

3. My family or friends complain that I listen to the TV at too loud a volume.

4. I have to turn up the volume on the telephone/cell phone to hear properly.

5. I have difficulty distinguishing speech from background noises. For example, I often have difficulty following dinnertime conversation, while others are talking and music is playing.

6. I find myself straining to read lips and facial expressions just to understand what someone is saying to me.

If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, then you need to have your hearing checked.
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