FAQ

 Brenda Cowan, owner and president of The Ear Depot began her career in 1982.
Working for over nine years as a Hearing Instrument Practitioner under the guidance of two exceptionally caring Hearing Clinics in both Peterborough and Toronto, Brenda saw firsthand what it meant to truly serve the needs of those dealing with difficulty hearing conversation.

And by 1991, felt it was time to open her own practice and provide the same level of care and passion she had been taught to give, within her hometown of Peterborough.

Over the past two and half decades The Ear Depot has grown incredibly strong, with several location expansions.

It’s influence continues to grow, as Brenda and all her staff hold firmly to the belief that when the best in hearing aid technology is combined with old fashioned, honest client care service, everyone wins!

And what makes it different than just selling hearing aids?
In order for us to best help you hear better we must first know where you need the help.
Every person who walks through our door has a different story and reason for seeking a hearing test, so we begin each appointment with a conversation.
We don’t just tell you what you “need” we ask a lot questions to discover, together, what you will help you hear better each day.
And once our specialist complete your full hearing evaluation, the fun just begins.
 
It’s one thing to be told what will help. 
It’s another to experience it.

Our Lifestyle Hearing Aid Fitting is a process of programming hearing aids tailored to your specific life.

And in our state of the art hearing aid dispensing clinics, we both fit and fine tune your new devices to best represent the noise levels you are surrounded by every day.

Is seeing the incredible change in people’s lives.

More than just selling hearing aids, our Lifestyle Hearing Aid Fitting approach helps people engage in conversation with confidence where ever they are.

Given our experience of over 35 years providing expert assistance to folks with all levels of hearing loss, we recognize that the disappearance of certain sounds often takes place gradually.
In very subtle ways even the most common hearing impairment can unknowingly become a very real strain on a person’s quality of life.
When we don’t hear clearly what other people are asking or saying to us, we begin to pull away from conversation more regularly.
And our passion at The Ear Depot is in helping people remove the barrier that hearing loss causes, and bring folks back to confident and enjoyable conversation every day.

Two-ear hearing (called “binaural”) is better than one. If you have hearing loss in only one ear, you may be fine with one hearing aid. Age- and noise-related hearing loss tend to affect both ears, but your hearing profile for each ear is probably different. If there is a loss in both ears, you will probably benefit more with a binaural solution. Today, about two-thirds of new users opt for dual hearing aids, and as a group they report a higher level of satisfaction than purchasers of a single hearing aid.

Like many other high-tech devices (TVs, phones, computers), hearing aids have experienced a major technological revolution in the past decade and especially in the last few years.
The best of today’s hearing aids are designed to virtually eliminate feedback; make listening in noisy environments easier and more comfortable; stream stereo sound from TVs and radios directly to the hearing aid itself; let you talk on your phone hands-free; and much more. All in instruments that are smaller (in some cases, invisible) and more comfortable and powerful than ever before.

The price of a hearing aid will vary depending on the specific model and features you need, and how effective it is in various noise environments. Whatever the final cost, we do offer financing plans. You should also check to see if you qualify for free hearing aids or discounted hearing aids from your employer, union, the Veterans Administration, insurance provider, WSIB or local charity (such as Lions Club).

While you are no doubt concerned about appearance, compensating for a hearing loss by asking people to repeat themselves, inappropriately responding to people (or not responding at all), or even withdrawing from social situations is more obvious than wearing a hearing aid.
Today’s hearing aids are small, discreet and more stylish than ever before. Some are even invisible. And, chances are that once you have a hearing aid, your quality of life will improve so much that cosmetics won’t be as much of an issue for you.
Research on people with hearing loss and their significant others has shown that hearing aids play a significant factor in a person’s social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being.
More specifically, treatment of hearing loss has been shown to improve*:
• Communication in relationships
• Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
• Ease in communication
• Earning power
• Sense of control over your life
• Social participation
• Emotional stability
When you consider all the benefits of better hearing, you can see that hearing aids hold great potential to positively change your life.
*Source: www.betterhearing.org

There are several causes. The main ones include excessive noise, infections, genetics, birth defects, infections of the head or ear, aging, and reaction to drugs or cancer treatment.

Most of the time hearing problems begin gradually, without discomfort or pain. What’s more, family members often learn to adapt to someone’s hearing loss, without even realizing they are doing it. Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine whether you have hearing loss:
1. Do I often ask people to repeat themselves?
2. Do I have trouble following conversations with more than two people?
3. Do I have difficulty hearing what is said unless I’m facing the speaker?
4. Does it sound like other people are mumbling or slurring their words?
5. Do I struggle to hear in crowded places like restaurants, malls and meeting rooms?
6. Do I have a hard time hearing women or children?
7. Do I prefer the TV or radio volume louder than others?
8. Do I experience ringing or buzzing in my ears?
If you answered yes to several of these questions, chances are you do suffer from hearing loss.

Ever wonder how our ears actually work?