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Oct. 20, 2019 | Sunday
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Your hearing: The neglected sense
Vanessa Vani. (Supplied)


The crunch of snow beneath your feet, the punchline of a joke, the whispers of wind through the trees, the sermon at church, the tune of a familiar song, the laughter of a child. As you read these words on the page, you can hear them, and that is how powerful hearing is. To quote William Shakespeare, “The world has music for those who listen.”

When the words on the newspaper become blurry or the colours of the world dull, we seek the assistance of the eye doctor for an eye exam. When we no longer hear our loved ones, or the tune of that song does not sound quite right, whom do we seek out for assistance? Our hearing gets neglected. We have regular eye exams, dental exams and physical exams, but rarely does hearing become part of our health routine.

Society is putting an increased effort on wellness with a strong focus on active aging. After all, we are all living longer lives. Why not strive for the best quality of life by utilizing the supports around us?

The journey of aging is not always a particularly kind one. Nonetheless, it is a journey we are all buckled in on. Along this journey, we all find ourselves at different points with frequent reminders that things do not work or are not as they use to be. Alas, we do have a choice we can control, and that is how we are going to adapt to these changes we face to optimize our quality of life for as long as possible.

Hearing affects many facets of our lives — one of the biggest being our ability to communicate with each other and the world around us. It is an integral part of the evolution of our society. It is how we share ideas and exchange information: how we build and maintain relationships, how we stay connected to the things and people we enjoy.

If we are unable to hear properly, communication gets disrupted, our relationships strain and we start to disengage from the things and people we enjoy. Thus, quality of life, the life we wish to optimize, suffers.

So, what is the call to action, you may ask? Well, if you haven’t already guessed, or the frequency of advertisements has not given you the gentle nudge, the call to action is, get your hearing tested. Be proactive and make it a part of your health routine.

Come visit HearingLife for a free hearing test at our new office in Virgil and have an honest conversation about hearing health with me.

Who am I? Just your new, friendly neighbourhood audiologist. My name is Vanessa Vani, born and raised in St. Catharines, resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and I’m excited to be an advocate of hearing health with the goal to help residents lead active lives that reflect this beautiful community we live in.

Vanessa Vani BA., AuD., Reg CASLPO

Doctor of Audiology